Katie Bender
Core Writer, Affiliated Writer
Austin, TX

Katie Bender (she/her/hers) is a playwright, performer and theater maker. Her plays include Judith, SHE WOLF, The Survivors/Los Sobrevivientes, Instructions for a Séance, and Howling, Texas to name a few. Filled with games, physical exertion and a poetic delight in the mundane, her work often examines the surprising ways humans transform within impossible systems. 

Katie’s work has been developed and produced all over the country including at Hyde Park Theater, ZACH, The Alley, Shrewds, EST, Kitchen Dog, he Playwrights’ Center, LAUNCH PAD, Fusebox Festival, THT Rep, New Harmony Project, ACT Theatre, and All For One Theater. She is the co-creator of Underbelly, with whom she made ecstatic site-specific performances such as Slip River which received the Critics Table Award for Best New Comedy. Her play Judith received the B.Iden Payne award for Best New Script. Katie was a Jerome Fellow and is thrilled to be returning as a Core Writer to the Playwrights' Center. She received her MFA from The University of Texas.

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Alley All New Festival 2020 featured affiliated writer Katie Bender's play SURVIOR, AN ALAMO PLAY. During Katie's Jerome Fellowship, the Playwrights' Center had the honor to workshop this amazing play.

The Survivors/Los Sobrevivientes will be developed at UCSB's LaunchPad reading series in September 2018.