Kate Hendrickson

Artist • Teaching • Literary Arts, Theater

Kate Hendrickson is a Chicago based theatre director and teaching artist, who specializes in premiering new plays by radical American playwrights.

Kate directed the world premiere of Lipstick Lobotomy by Krista Knight for Trap Door Theatre, and the midwest premiere of We Are Pussy Riot (or everything is P.R.) by Barbara Hammond for Red Tape Theatre. She is a resident director at Trap Door Theatre where she has directed world premieres of Fantasy Island for Dummies and ANGER/FLY by Ruth Margraff and Cookie Play, Chaste and Beholder (Jeff Award for Best New Work, After Dark Award for Best Original Music), by Ken Prestininzi. Chaste received “Best of the Year″ nods in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Stage Review, and the Huffington Post. ANGER/FLY was recognized in the Chicago Reader’s “Best Of Year” edition as part of a Trap Door season presenting the “best string of theatrical stunners.”

Kate also directed Midwest premieres of Prestininzi’s AmeriKafka, Howard Zinn’s Emma (After Dark Award for Best Ensemble), and 12 Ophelias by Caridad Svich. Additional work includes the International Voices Project, Pivot Arts’ Multi-Arts Festival, and Links Hall’s Physical Fest Chicago. Kate has also worked as an actor, casting assistant, and script reader. She is a Chicago Dramatists faculty member and a teaching artist with Urban Gateways.


Artist Information

Languages Spoken
  • English
Years with Urban Gateways
  • 5
Areas of Expertise
  • Improvisation
  • Theatre Games
  • Avante Garde
  • New Plays
  • Star Wars
  • Shakespeare
  • Adaptations
Learning Environments
  • Virtual
  • Hybrid
  • In-Person