Kimberly Colburn is South Coast Repertory’s literary director and co-director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Her recent dramaturgical work has included the world premiere productions of Going to a Place Where you Already Are by Bekah Brunstetter, Orange by Aditi Kapil, and Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Formerly, she was the literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was the dramaturg for the world premieres of Partners by Dorothy Fortenberry, The Roommate by Jen Silverman and Dot by Colman Domingo, among others. Prior to that, she was the associate literary director at SCR and was the dramaturg for world premieres of The Long Road Today by José Cruz González, Zoe Kazan’s Trudy and Max in Love and A Wrinkle in Time adapted by John Glore, among dozens of other productions and readings. She has worked with companies including Los Angeles Opera, Mixed Blood Theatre, Sledgehammer Theatre, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Critical Mass Ensemble, Artists at Play and Native Voices at the Autry.


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“Shakespeare” Classic Gets New Words – Edward III in Translation

By GEOFFREY RILEY & JOHN BAXTER Shakespeare scholars and fans are already debating whether “Edward III” is a Shakespeare play.  Did he write all of it?  Part of it?  None? The point is moot at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which commissioned a modern-language version of the play as part of its “Play On!” series. Octavio […]

Understanding Shakespeare through a Modern Verse Translation:

Understanding Shakespeare through a Modern Verse Translation: A contemporary playwright translates Edward III for today’s audiences, to be performed as a dramatic reading March 27 in Ashland, Oregon February 21, 2017 By Kara Q Lewis Afternoon light filters over the laptop of playwright Octavio Solis, who focuses on the screen, puzzling out ways to decipher […]