Kate Tarker is an American playwright, currently based in Rhode Island, who grew up bilingually in Germany after the Berlin Wall came down. She writes countercultural plays for smart, curious audiences about big topics that divide us, including language, gender, bodies, and national identity. Her produced plays include Montag (Soho Rep.), THUNDERBODIES (Soho Rep.), Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man (The Wilma, FoolsFURY), and Laura and the Sea (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble). The press has called her work "brilliant + highbrow" (New York Magazine), "staggeringly original" (The San Francisco Chronicle), and "screamingly funny" (The New York Times).
Kate's plays have been developed in theaters all over the US and in London, at The Vineyard Theatre, The Wilma, Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, The Playwrights’ Center, The Lark, Soho Rep., Theatre503, and The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, among others. She is the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship, The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and Theater Masters’ Visionary Playwright Award. She is currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons and Theater Masters. Kate has completed residencies at MacDowell Colony, Tofte Lake Center, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Her writing has also been published in The Paris Review and in the McSweeney's anthology, I Know What’s Best for You: Stories on Reproductive Freedom. MFA Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel.