Katie Brook is a director, producer, and creative leader, rooted in the New York experimental theater. Her work focuses on collaborations with playwrights and composers in theater, performance, and new media.
As a theater director and producer, Katie has developed some of the most exciting new plays of recent years and has worked for world-class companies, including The Builders Association. Notable directing credits include How to Get Into Buildings (by Trish Harnetiaux, New Georges), and She Is King (by Laryssa Husiak, Incubator Arts Project). Notable producing credits include O, Earth (by Casey Llewellyn, The Foundry Theatre) and Isolde (by Richard Maxwell, New York City Players).
The innovative theatrical work she creates with her company, Televiolet, has been presented at venues in New York City and beyond, including The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, Incubator Arts Project, Prelude NYC, and University Settlement. Televiolet work is characterized by its use of dramatic texts and real-world content to experiment with acting and dramatic form in a collaborative context. The Power of Emotion: The Apartment premiered at Abrons Arts Center in October 2017. Tragedy in Spades: A Crime Documentary will be produced at New York Theatre Workshop Next Door with playwright Liza Birkenmeier. Other Televiolet collaborating artists include, Shonni Enelow, Taylor Brook, Chris Giarmo, Josh Smith, Alex Spieth, Katiana Rangel, David Gould, Katie Rose McLaughlin, and Diego Montoya.
With Liza Birkenmeier, Katie is currently a New Georges Audrey resident for the development of a new devised work, Islander, a live performance about the straight-white-male identity crisis in contemporary American culture, inspired by the 2017–18 New York Islanders season.
Since 2007, Katie has been involved with the ground-breaking work of StoryCorps, an oral history project that aims to record and broadcast the voices of everyday Americans in conversation with one another. She began as a facilitator, traveling across the United States to record people speaking with loved ones about whatever meant the most to them. In her current role, as Director of Production, she has led numerous projects, including a revamp of the StoryCorps podcast, an original music commissioning project, and a collaboration with Google Doodle for Veteran’s Day, 2018.
Katie received her MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University, and her BFA in Drama from New York University. She is originally from Toronto, Canada.