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Educator. Scholar. Violence and Intimacy Designer. Director. Actor.




Kate Launches Heartland Intimacy Design & Training

Kate has launched the newest intimacy training company, Heartland Intimacy Design & Training. Heartland's mission is to provide intensive theatrical intimacy training that is academic, accessible, and affordable. 

Kate Serving as Artistic Director for Summer Theatre Institute at Stephens College

For summer 2019, Kate will be working as the artistic director for Stephens College Summer Theatre Intensive (STI). 
STI is a six-week program that allows students to produce and perform five shows in May and June.
Each summer, audiences are treated to the best of stage combat, experimental theatre, comedy and a musical revue. Kate will be serving also as the combat instructor for the summer.

Kate Serving as Intimacy Designer for Boy at Talking Horse Productions

Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler’s Boy explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.



Teacher. Scholar. Artist.

Kate recently completed her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Missouri. 

Kate has two research agendas: theatrical violence and theatrical intimacy. Her dissertation, "Killing Women: Gender and Violence in Selected Works by Sheila Callaghan and Marisa Wegrzyn," examined how performances of violence committed by the characters within Callaghan's and Wegrzyn's works challenge heteronormative notions of gender. Kate is the founder of Heartland Intimacy Design & Training, an intimacy training company which offers academic, accessible, and affordable intimacy training entirely online. She has taught several workshops on staging intimacy, as well as designing intimacy for several productions. Her specific area of expertise is staging sexual trauma and assault and how to assist actors in leaving these moments behind in the theatre. Recently, Kate designed the intimacy for the world premiere production of Gertrude and Claudius by Mark St. Germain at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.  

Kate is an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) with certifications in unarmed combat, rapier & dagger, quarterstaff, single sword, broadsword, broadsword and shield, knife, and theatrical firearms safety. She is also a member of the Association of Movement Theatre Educators (ATME), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Kate is also a director, primarily directing new student-written work, play reading festivals, and regional semi-professional theatre. She is an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) with the Actors Equity Association (AEA).




Violence Design


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Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Philosophy

Heartland Intimacy Design & Training

Society of American Fight Directors

Comedic Reel

Dramatic Reel



Contact Kate Busselle regarding her published work, course offerings or any other inquires.