Kathryn Blume is Co-Founder of the Lysistrata Project, the first worldwide theatrical event for peace. She has toured The Accidental Activist – her critically acclaimed one-woman show about Lysistrata Project – to over 30 cities in the US and Canada, receiving an Austin Critics Table Award nomination.
Kathryn is an Artistic Associate at Vermont Stage Company in Burlington, where her play Vanya/Vermont – a modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya – premiered in the spring of 2005. The Boycott premiered at VSC in January, 2007, where it garnered an Outstanding Activist Award from the member organizations of the Vermont Environmental Action Conference.
Off-Broadway credits include The Seagull, Mirandolina, and The Country Wife. Regional theater credits include Two Rooms, She Stoops to Conquer, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Sylvia, Waiting for Godot, A Streetcar Named Desire, Amadeus, June Moon, Antigone, Much Ado About Nothing, The Baby Dance, and Our Country’s Good. Film credits include Deception, My Mother’s Early Lovers, The Apartment, and Maybe It’s Me.
In amongst her theatrical activities, Kathryn has had essays published in the books MoveOn.org's 50 Ways To Love Your Country, Code Pink's Stop the Next War Now, Outcry - American Voices of Conscience Post 9/11, and 365 Ways to Change the World. She has also had essays published in the weekly Seven Days and in Yes Magazine.
Kathryn has worked for organizations such as the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and Forest Watch. She founded Earth on the Air, a nationally-syndicated, award-winning environmental and social justice radio program, and was a company member of Living Voices, touring one-woman shows about the Holocaust and immigration to communities nationwide. She serves on the board of the Lewis Creek Association.
Kathryn co-founded The Hill Actor's Retreat Center and New Paradigms Personal Coaching Services, and has taught yoga, acting, Shakespeare, stress-reduction, and public speaking in venues across the country. She received her BA from Yale with a self-designed degree in environmental studies and theater and is also an ordained Minister with the Universal Life Church. She lives in Vermont with her husband Mark Nash and their emotionally needy cat Toast.
Comments About Kathryn
“You have proven, so very well, that a few people adopting a small idea can change the energy of the planet. We all need to be encouraged that we as individuals can make a difference. Thanks for your bravery.”
Andrea Rowe, Make Art—Not War
“Every once in a great while, one has the good fortune to run into a creative spirit as fine and unique as Kathryn Blume's. Her gifts: passion, heart, imagination and daring are rare indeed. This is a voice that needs to be heard.”
- Ellen McLaughlin, playwright, actor - Angels in America
“Kathryn Blume's belief in the transformative power of the theatre shines out of her eyes. Her shepherding of the Lysistrata Project was an act of faith in what is the best in all of us.”
- Kathleen Chalfant, actor - Wit, Angels in America
“Kathryn Blume is an inspiration for the American Theatre scene - a vibrant, intuitive and invigorating artisan & actor, who is destined to be a rattling force in the revival of our craft – and why? – because Kathryn is a theatre artist who is wide awake, and sees what the future holds for the Arts in America.”
- Randall Stuart, Artistic Director, Upon These Boards
“Kathryn Blume commands attention with the literate quality of her writing and the legitimate passion and accessibility of her delivery.”
- Joanna Parson, The Happy Hour Salon
Photo Credits: Berne Broudy