Kerry Reid has been a freelance arts journalist and theater critic for 15 years. She is currently a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader, as well as the Chicago theater trade publication, PerformInk. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 1987 with a concentration in theater, Kerry worked with several local theater companies as a performer and director, and began writing and performing solo pieces.
Much of Kerry’s work is based on fanciful reconstructions of the lives of real women. Among her work is Gaslighting, a piece based on Joan Abery, a real-life Miss Havisham who died in England in 1992 – she spent 35 years in a garden nest after being jilted at the altar. That piece premiered with Splinter Group Theater Company’s “Solopalooza” festival in Chicago in 1995 and had several subsequent performances in San Francisco and Seattle.
Kerry moved to San Francisco in 1993 and lived there until 2000. While living in the Bay Area, she contributed features and reviews to many publications, including the East Bay Express, Back Stage West, SF Gate (the web site for the San Francisco Chronicle), and San Francisco Metropolitan. She has also contributed to the Village Voice, Playbill, and American Theatre. Kerry was a founding member of the San Francisco producing playwrights’ collective, First Seen, which produced her play Unhampered by Sanity in 2002. Kerry’s work as a playwright includes the solo play Last of the Red Hot Dadas (based on the life and work of Dada artist Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven), which has been performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edinburgh, and Prague by Christina Augello, artistic director of San Francisco’s EXIT Theatre. She has also written plays about proto-Expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, legendary Depression-era hobo “Boxcar Bertha” and Mary Mallon (“Typhoid Mary”).
Kerry has been a past mentor with Free Street Theatre’s young critics’ program and a workshop leader for the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, and is currently working as a mentor with the Association for Women Journalists and their young women’s critics program. In 2002, Kerry was awarded a writing residency at Hedgebrook, a women's writing community on Whidbey Island in Washington State.
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