Kathleen Elizabeth George

  • Professor/Director of Graduate Studies
  • Graduate Faculty Member

Kathleen George lives in Pittsburgh where she is a professor of theatre and writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the acclaimed novels TAKEN, FALLEN, AFTERIMAGE, THE ODDS (nominated for an Edgar ® Award for best novel by the Mystery Writers of America), HIDEOUT, SIMPLE, and A MEASURE OF BLOOD (2014).

All seven of these titles are part of her procedural thrillers set in Pittsburgh. Also in 2014 the University of Pittsburgh Press released THE JOHNSTOWN GIRLS, her non-series novel about the Johnstown Flood, and in 2018 a novel about Lena Horne and jazz, The BLUES WALKED IN. Kathy is the editor of PITTSBURGH NOIR, a collection of short fiction, the author of her own short story collection THE MAN IN THE BUICK, and of scholarly theatrical books and articles:  RHYTHM IN DRAMA, PLAYWRITING: THE FIRST WORKSHOP, and WINTER’S TALES. 

She directed many plays for the University of Pittsburgh Theatre Arts Department and the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival.  Among them are Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Lear, She Stoops to Conquer, and The Rehearsal. 

Representative Publications

Research Interest Summary

Playwriting, dramatic theory, Shakespeare, Directing

Education & Training

  • MFA - Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 1988
  • PhD - Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh, 1975
  • MA - Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh, 1966
  • BA - English, University of Pittsburgh, 1964