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Kathryn Paulsen

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

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

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