Area of Study
MFA, Dramatic Writing
Class of 2021
Kate Vargish (CMU MFA ’21) is a screenwriter, television writer, and playwright from Seattle, Washington. Kate’s interest in performance writing began with her lyrical opera Cristo (2014), a reimagining of Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo told in rhyming couplets. As a trained musician, Kate also collaborated with a producer to score the piece. Her next self-produced work, Tidal, was a pilot that followed queer superheroes as they traversed the grungy terrain of early-90’s Seattle. During her time at CMU, Kate has submitted two screenplays for the Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition celebrating science in the arts, and collaborated with one of the figures whose story she helped to tell. She has also completed several full-length and one act plays. Currently, Kate is working on a staged reading as well as a web series with both professional and student artists. Kate’s interests lie in historical fiction, the role of feminism in contemporary social politics, and serialized storytelling. She plans to relocate to Los Angeles in 2021 to pursue a career in television writing and script editing.
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