KATHERINE OWENS:

Undermain Fund for New Work

Katherine Owens, beloved co-founder and Artistic Director of Undermain Theatre, passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2019 after a brief five-month illness. To establish her legacy, her husband, Producing Artistic Director Bruce DuBose, joined by Undermain’s Board of Trustees, has established a fund that will support the continuation of the work Katherine fostered here in North Texas during her incredible 36-year career at Undermain.

Managed by Undermain Theatre, the Katherine Owens – Undermain Fund for New Work seeks to provide additional support to increase Undermain’s ongoing commitment to new work, our commitment for 36 years.  We invite you to join us in memorializing this incredible visionary and leader in our arts community.

 To make a gift to the Katherine Owens – Undermain Fund for New Work in memory of Katherine, please make your check out to Undermain Theatre with the memo "Katherine Owens Fund" and mail your donation to: Undermain Theatre ATTN: Katherine Owens – Undermain Fund for New Work, PO Box 140193, Dallas, TX 75214. You may also donate online below. Please reference “Katherine Owens Fund” as the Dedication Honoree Name. If you have any questions, please contact our Development Director -  blaircrane@undermain.org.

 

WORLD PREMIERES

During her 35 years as Artistic Director, Katherine Owens either directed or oversaw a total of 34 world premiere plays at Undermain Theatre

Company Member Anthony L. Ramirez in the World Premiere of  The Droll  by Meg Miroshnik

Company Member Anthony L. Ramirez in the World Premiere of The Droll by Meg Miroshnik

The cast of the World Premiere of  so go the ghosts of méxico, part two  by Matthew Paul Olmos

The cast of the World Premiere of so go the ghosts of méxico, part two by Matthew Paul Olmos

The cast of the World Premiere of  Jonah  by Len Jenkin. This play was developed at the Sundance Theater Lab by Katherine Owens and Company Member Len Jenkin before premiering at Undermain Theatre

The cast of the World Premiere of Jonah by Len Jenkin. This play was developed at the Sundance Theater Lab by Katherine Owens and Company Member Len Jenkin before premiering at Undermain Theatre

Bruce DuBose, Michael Federico and Alex Organ in the World Premiere of  Profanity  by Sylvan Oswald

Bruce DuBose, Michael Federico and Alex Organ in the World Premiere of Profanity by Sylvan Oswald

 

WHITHER GOEST THOU AMERICA FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN PLAY READINGS

In 2017, Katherine Owens and Bruce DuBose established the Whither Goest Thou America Festival of New Play Readings as a platform to develop new work. Often a play is read in the reading festival, and then presented as a world premiere in the following season. Audiences get a more detailed insight to the developmental stages of a play, with direct access to playwrights, directors and actors during the process. In the spring of 2020, we will take this a step further and workshop a new play by Tony Award winning playwright David Rabe. This will be available to an invited audience only, consisting of donors, subscribers and invited guests.

Director Blake Hackler and playwright Gordon Dahlquist talking to donors during a rehearsal of  Red Chariot.  This play was read in the festival in the Spring of 2019 and presented as Undermain Theatre’s 35th World Premiere in the fall of 2019.

Director Blake Hackler and playwright Gordon Dahlquist talking to donors during a rehearsal of Red Chariot. This play was read in the festival in the Spring of 2019 and presented as Undermain Theatre’s 35th World Premiere in the fall of 2019.

Producing Artistic Director Bruce DuBose, Company Member Joanna Schellenberg, Jim Jorgenson and Stephanie Oustellet in the reading of Len Jenkin’s  How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice  in the spring of 2018. Undermain presented the World Premiere of this play in the fall of 2018

Producing Artistic Director Bruce DuBose, Company Member Joanna Schellenberg, Jim Jorgenson and Stephanie Oustellet in the reading of Len Jenkin’s How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice in the spring of 2018. Undermain presented the World Premiere of this play in the fall of 2018

Bruce DuBose and Jim Jorgenson in the World Premiere of Len Jenkin’s  How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice

Bruce DuBose and Jim Jorgenson in the World Premiere of Len Jenkin’s How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice