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Kathryn Paulsen writes screenplays, stage plays, prose, and poetry. She earned an MFA in film, with a concentration on screenwriting and di- recting at Columbia University; her thesis film, “Respects,” was awarded grants from the Louis B. Mayer Fund and the Brookdale Institute on Adult Human Development, and was distributed by Media Guild. As a teaching artist, she has worked with students in film/video and play- writing residencies in Virginia, Michigan, and Montana.
Her screenplays include THE HIGHWAYMAN, a drama set in eighteenth century England, which won NY Women in Film and Television’s inaugu- ral Best Screenplay Competition; THE RETURN OF ROOTER, a semifinalist for the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest, which was op- tioned by Nuper films; her thesis script THE SEASON; and a psychological thriller, ANSWERS, which was optioned by Symphony Pictures.
Her plays “Somewhere Waiting for You,” a finalist for the Julie Harris Award and in other competitions, and “The Ultimate Weapon” a semifi- nalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference, were per- formed as staged readings in New York City.
Kathryn has been awarded residence grants for playwriting at the Mac- Dowell Colony and Ledig House, and for fiction at Yaddo and other artists’ colonies. Her short stories and poems have been published in lit- erary journals and her articles and essays in