Katharine Heller 

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Katharine is thrilled to be returning to the New York International Fringe Festival!  A New York native, Katharine began her acting career in Minnesota at Macalester College where she co-founded the school's improv troupe, Fresh Concepts.  In New York she has performed in improv shows at the PIT, UCB and Gotham City Improv.  Film and TV credits include Stankervision (MTV), What Men Talk About (Webjammer Productions), The Thorny Rose (Cherry Lane Films).  She originated and performed the role of Sara in the 2007 New York Fringe Festival production of Naked in a Fishbowl (Fringe Award: Outstanding Ensemble). She had the pleasure yet again of performing at the Fringe Festival in 2008 in a play she wrote, The Boy in the Basement (Fringe Award: Outstanding Direction). You can also hear her voice on various ads for Bliss Spa, Westin, and Starwood Hotels. Katharine is the co-founder and writer for the comedy troupe, Happy Cousin,whose political humor videos have been featured on CNN and Funny Or Die. She recently had the pleasure of singing on electronica-pop band Phenotract's latest album, Shifting (now available on iTunes and CDBaby). Katharine lives in Brooklyn with her dog and likes to work a day job in her spare time. She is a proud member of SAG and AEA.  www.katharineheller.com  

Nell Balaban - Director

Nell Balaban is pleased to be collaborating again with Katharine Heller, since when they did Katharine’s 2008 Fringe Festival hit, THE BOY IN THE BASEMENT, it was really fun (and Nell got an outstanding director award for it).  Other recent credits include HEARTBREAK HOUSE (Brave New World), The C-Zone/Lizafest (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), THE FRONT (Manhattan Theatre Club), ROOMS (assoc. dir./New World Stages) and Terrence McNally’s LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART for Wingspan Arts.  She has worked on Broadway and at The Roundabout, The Alley, Rubicon, Paper Mill Playhouse and The Goodspeed Opera House.  Currently she is the associate director for the John Caird/Paul Gordon musical DADDYLONG LEGS which is being produced around the country at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Northlight Theatre (Chicago) and The Laguna Playhouse among others. Nell is a member of the Brooklyn-based Theatre Company BRAVE NEW WORLD.