K A T R I N A  D I O N

Focusing on new plays and ensemble work centered on social justice and politics, Katrina's productions invent new worlds and atmospheres which envelop and transport audiences. Her process is movement focused, educational, and multi-generational. 

Katrina Dion works as a director and teaching artist in Chicago. At Free Street Theater, Katrina acts as the Operations and Youth Program Manager. In this position she leads the high school ensemble in a conservatory level year long critical thinking and creation process focusing on issues affecting Chicago youth. Additionally she uses her mathematic skills to help the company with financials and grant management. Katrina is also on staff with Albany Park Theater Project as their lead academic tutor, guiding high schoolers to success in their academic career. Most recently, she directed "The Americans" at Free Street Theater, co-directed Cycle 3 of "Every 28 Hours" at The Goodman Theater along with Coya Paz, "Zipped and Pelted" at the Chicago Fringe Festival, "CRAZY" at Free Street Theater, and "Convention or The Winos" with The Wulfden. She has had the pleasure of assisting directors such as Bonnie Metzgar, Coya Paz and Krissy Vanderwarker. Katrina received her BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in directing with a minor in Mathematics from DePaul University. 

C U R R E N T   W O R K

Refrigerator: Katrina is co-dramaturging with Morgan McNaught a new play, "Refrigerator" by Lucas Baisch at First Floor Theater. http://www.firstfloortheater.com/refrigerator

Sites of Conscience/Jane Addams Hull House Museum: Free Street Theater was chosen as the community partner of the Hull House for this three year partnership through the Sites of Conscience. Katrina is the community partner lead on this project, helping coordinate dialogues and performances centered around gender equity in education and the school to prison pipeline. She is presenting at the International Sites of Conscience Youth Summit in November of 2017, "Gender and Education Equity/How to Get Mad Fast."

IAMGIRL: Katrina is currently co-directing alongside Morgan McNaught a workshop of the new play "IAMGIRL" by Remy Solomon. The first public reading of this play is scheduled for Friday November 17th at 7:00pm at Free Street Theater in Pulaski Park.

Radical Love: Katrina is developing a show with youth ages 13-19 at Free Street Theater focused on love as an act of resistance, collecting stories from community members and analyzing the question of "What do we need to break up with to love radically?" Show will open in April of 2018 at Free Street Theater.

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