Kathleen Elizabeth George

  • Professor
  • Graduate Faculty Member

Kathleen George lives in Pittsburgh where she is a professor of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh. Her theatre publications are:  Rhythm in Drama, Playwriting: The First Workshop, and Winter’s Tales.  She is working on a performance history of Measure for Measure

She is also the author of the acclaimed novels TAKENFALLENAFTERIMAGETHE ODDS (nominated for an Edgar ® Award for best novel by the Mystery Writers of America), HIDEOUTSIMPLE, and A MEASURE OF BLOOD. All seven of these titles are procedural thrillers set in Pittsburgh.

She has also published THE JOHNSTOWN GIRLS, a non-series novel about the Johnstown Flood, The BLUES WALKED IN, about Lena Horne and jazz.   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.  Her novel MIRTH is due out in September 2022.

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