Ki Gottberg, MFA
Professor, Fine Arts (Theatre)
Building/Room: Fine Arts 213
Professor Ki Gottberg teaches acting, playwriting and directs/produces productions at Seattle University, where she has taught for 22 years. She trained as an actor at the conservatory P.A.T.P. program at University of Washington, then worked as an actress on Seattle and Portland stages and voiced numerous radio commercials, including an 8-year stint as the voice of a major department store. Her interest in new and experimental theater work led to company membership at New City Theater, where she acted in and generated numerous productions.
Gottberg began writing for the stage under the tutelage of Maria Irene Fornes, the multi-award winning Cuban playwright/director. Productions of Gottberg’s plays ensued in Seattle, San Francisco, LA and NYC. Awards and commissions for her work include a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Residency.
Professional productions of which she is particularly proud are Hunger and Big Boss or the Inner Life of Everything at New City; Mirabelle a Breeze, an operetta composed with Casey James at Seattle International Children’s Festival; her commissioned adaptation of Ubu at the Empty Space; and The Compendium of Nastiness, which had an eleven month run at Gottberg’s own tiny 15 seat theater, The Womb.
At Seattle University Professor Gottberg particularly enjoyed directing Tartuffe,Three Penny Opera,The Nice & The Nasty, Midsummer Nights Dream,The Three Sisters and her own play The Hairy Baby, as well as conceiving and producing the professional new short works festival SITE Specific.
Ki is currently appearing in Frontier: Valley of the Shadow, a one-gal show she wrote and developed at New City Theater.