Kate Busselle

Co-Founder, Theatrical Intimacy Education

Kate is a 4th-year doctoral student and Graduate Instructor at the University of Missouri pursuing her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies. Kate researches the performance of violence committed by women on stage, screen, and in other forms of media. Specifically, her dissertation will examine works by The Kilroys playwrights Sheila Callaghan and Marisa Wegrzyn in representations of onstage theatrical violence committed by women. She graduated from University of Central Florida with a Master of Arts in Theater Studies and received a BFA in Acting with a minor in Educational Studies with Honors from Michigan State University. She aspires to be a university professor of theatre, specifically in movement, intimacy and combat training.  


Kate is the co-founder and research and resource manager for Theatrical Intimacy Education. As a violence and intimacy designer, her work primarily focuses on troubleshooting difficult moments as well as self-care for artists who have experienced sexual trauma. Recently, Kate designed the violence and intimacy for Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka, which was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 5 in 2017. Her experiences in this production were published in Fight Master entitled “When the Problem is Personal: Working on Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids as a Sexual Assault Survivor.” Kate will be staging the violence and intimacy in University of Missouri’s upcoming production of The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson. Kate also staged the intimacy in Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2, and 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks at MU and the regional premiere of Kelly Lusk’s (a love story) at University of Central Florida when she was a Master’s student.


Kate is an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) with certifications in unarmed combat, rapier & dagger, quarterstaff, single sword, broadsword, broadsword and shield, knife, and theatrical firearms safety. She is also a member of the Association of Movement Theatre Educators (ATME), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).


Kate is also a director, primarily directing new student-written work, play reading festivals, and regional semi-professional theatre. She is an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) with the Actors Equity Association (AEA).


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

The Stage Combat Workshop at LA Tech 2018

Mar 31, 2018 Quarterstaff Ruston, Louisiana Basic Pass

2017 NSCW - AACW & Interns

Jul 7, 2017 Unarmed Winston-Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 7, 2017 Rapier and Dagger Winston-Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 7, 2017 Single Sword Winston-Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 7, 2017 Broadsword and Shield Winston-Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 7, 2017 Knife Winston-Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 7, 2017 Broadsword Winston-Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass

The Tourist Trap

Feb 8, 2015 Rapier and Dagger Orlando, Florida Recommended Pass
Feb 8, 2015 Unarmed Orlando, Florida Recommended Pass

University of Central Florida

Apr 30, 2014 Broadsword Orlando , Florida Basic Pass
Apr 30, 2014 Single Sword Orlando , Florida Basic Pass

Michigan State University

Apr 24, 2013 Rapier and Dagger East Lansing, Michigan Basic Pass
Apr 24, 2013 Quarterstaff East Lansing, Michigan Basic Pass
Apr 24, 2013 Unarmed East Lansing, Michigan Recommended Pass