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Kay Martinovich

Kay Martinovich is a recently appointed assistant professor in acting. She also works as an acting coach and freelance theater director, based in Chicago. Most recently she directed the Chicago premiere of Down Range by Jeffrey Skinner for Genesis Theatrical Productions and the 10-minute plays Winsor McCay by Laura Marks in the TEN 2014 Festival for The Gift and Anything of Value by Brett Neveu in the RIPPED: the Living Newspaper Festival for American Blues. As Associate Artistic Director of Irish Repertory of Chicago 1999-2006, she directed the American premieres of Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats… and Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game. Other Irish Rep credits include Tom Murphy's Bailegangaire (Jeff-recommended), Stewart Parker's Pentecost, and Marina Carr's The Mai. 

Other Chicago directing credits include work at Trap Door, Profiles, Mary-Arrchie, Circle, Live Bait, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Lifeline, Emerald City, Chicago Dramatists, and throughout the Midwest. Kay completed her doctorate in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota. She holds an M.Phil. in Irish Theatre/Film Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and a BFA in Directing from The Catholic University of America. Her articles have appeared inNew Hibernia Review, The Theater of Marina Carr: 'before rules was made' from Carysfort Press, and Querying Difference in Theatre History from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Prior to graduate school, she was owner of the Actors' Center, a professional acting studio in Chicago, where she was an instructor in Meisner-based technique, cold readings, auditioning, and scene study. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).

martinovichHead of Performance, Acting
Education: Ph.D in Theatre Historiography, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, M.Phil in Irish Theatre and Theatre Studies, Trinity College, Dublin
Office: GS 312
Phone: 815-753-8258