Kathleen is a writer, director and actor in Washington, DC. Her writing credits include The Oogatz Man, and an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle for her own company, Longacre Lea. She has also written Two Party Brainstem, Out of Line, Maintenance is Death, and This Play’s Title is Too Long to Fit on a Bumper Sticker (eXtreme eXchange), 1,925 Miles, Feet and Banquo’s Dead, Jim (Source Festival), The Long Weight (Hope Operas) and readings of The Hungry Dry (Boston Center for the Arts) and Only Angels for Theatre J’s 5x5 Series. Commissioned work includes The Yellow Leaf, In the Matter of the Pea, and Brief Let Me Be for Round House Theatre’s Heyday Players. Ms. Akerley is a member of the playwriting collective Lizard Claw. Ms. Akerley has performed with Catalyst Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Olney Theatre Center, and several roles with the Washington Shakespeare Company including Hapgood in Hapgood (for which she received the Theater Lobby “Mary Goldwater” Award), and Lady Macbeth/Hecate in Jose Carrosquillo’s 2007 production of Macbeth. She’s directed regionally at Solas Nua, The Keegan Theater, Theater Alliance, Catalyst Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, and Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. She is the founder of Longacre Lea, a professional DC theater company specializing in physical productions of cerebral works. Ms. Akerley teaches directing at acting at various venues in the DC area.