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About the artist

Long based in Oakland, writer and performer Kathleen Denny serves up smart, fresh and funny stories from life, work, and family. With a keen eye, humor and heart, the ordinary is anything but.

Her new show Out of Line (formerly known as Tolerance?!) is a true and funny account from her years as a union machinist and mechanic in the air transport industry. Long before Anita Hill  and #MeToo, women of the Rosie the Riveter generation pushed back against intolerance on the job. When Kat decides to do something about the pinup calendar in the machine shop — Miss September is not demonstrating a mechanical technique — she tests the boundaries for women working next to men.

Her previous one-woman show, NICE IS NOT WHAT WE DO, gathered 20 characters for a family funeral.


NICE IS NOT WHAT WE DO received FOUR STARS from Winnipeg Free Press and SOLD OUT at San Francisco Fringe. This surprising dramedy about family relationships toured Winnipeg, Orlando, Boulder, Fresno and San Francisco, and has delighted audiences at cabarets, cafes and one monastery.

She developed her performance work at The Marsh, Berkeley Rep School of Theater, and through work with Mark Kenward, Jill Vice, Julia McNeal, Ann Randolph, David Ford, Raz Kennedy, and others.

Family and her work as a union machinist and airframe mechanic inspired essays and commentaries published in periodicals such as The Sun and Skirt!Mag, as well as on National Public Radio. Her writing has won residencies at Mesa Refuge in California and at Soapstone in Oregon.

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