Kate Hawley is an award winning writer and actress who received her theatrical training at UC Berkeley, ACT, UCLA and UCSC. Since 1982, she has performed in many productions at many theatres including Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Cabrillo Stage, The Actors Theater, and the San Jose Civic Light Opera. She was instrumental in the creation of The Dickens Players, a touring troupe, in which she participated as actress, director, and writer. Her original plays, Messages, Simply the Thing She Is, and Diva Days have all won or placed in play writing competitions in Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and California. In 1997 her adaptation of Ostrovsky’s The Forest was premiered at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Her screenplay Who Would You Rather Sleep With? took first prize at the Austin Film Festival in 1998.Fall Back was a finalist in 2001. She has written two pantomimes Cinderella (with composer Gregg Coffin) and Gretel & Hansel (with composer Craig Bohmler) which premiered at Shakespeare Santa Cruz in 1999 and now are regular season offerings at that company. Cinderella is also produced regularly at Sacramento Theatre Company.