Katherine Murphy Lewis
Katherine is the founding artistic director of From the Ground UP. Since 2013, Katherine has championed programming workshops and residencies for underrepresented communities, directing and producing dozens of original works and serving over 1000 participants in the eight-and-a-half years since the organization’s inception. In the past four years, Katherine has spearheaded a refocusing of the organization’s mission towards serving female and femme-identifying populations, launching the Young Women’s Residency Program, as well as a new Advanced Women’s Residency Program for women identifying as being in the second half of their lives. Locally, she was a lead director for four seasons in Portland Playhouse’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare program and taught for Profile Theatre’s Hands On Residency program. In addition to her work in training and education, Katherine is currently working as the co-writer and co-producer on the development of a new play, Tonight Nothing, which premiered at CoHo Productions in the summer 2019. During the summer and fall of 2018, Katherine served as a resident artist with Company of Wolves, a Scotland-based devised theater company, touring their latest work Achilles to three countries around Europe.
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