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Meet the Barrymore Voters: Kathryn Osenlund

Mar 15, 2018

The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre started in 1995, and celebrates the rich, diverse theatre community through a peer-adjudicated process. In the 2017-18 Season, we have 70 nominators and 12 judges that will see over 100 professional productions. Our expanded pool of voters this season represents the exciting and diverse theatre community that is thriving in Philadelphia. This entry is part of a profile series to introduce you to the voters who are an integral part of the Barrymore process.

Name: Kathryn Osenlund

What is your current role in the Philadelphia theatre community?: Theatre critic.

What was the first theatre production you were involved in, and what did you learn from it?: I first covered theater in 2000.

What is your education and training experience?: BFA in Film, UArts; MA in Theater, Villanova; PhD in media education, Temple. Critic Fellow, O'Neill Theater Ctr; NEA Fellow in Arts Journalism

How did you first get involved in the Philadelphia theatre community?: Covering Philadelphia theater for, a NY-based online theater site.

What made you want to be a nominator/judge for the Barrymore Awards?: I served as a nominator before and found it a rewarding experience. I want to be a part of the Barrymore endeavor because it is important to Philadelphia theater.

If you weren’t working in theatre, what other job do you think you would be doing?: Go back to teaching. I'm a retired professor. I taught acting, among other courses. Also trained recruits through domestic disturbance situation role plays at the Philadelphia Police Academy.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the theatre industry?: Marry for money!

If you could have dinner with any four people, living or dead, who would they be and why?:  Joe Papp, Francis Ford Coppola, Judith Malina -- geniuses in their own way -- and a young Johnny Depp for obvious reasons.

Keep up with all the shows our Barrymore Nominators and Judges are seeing this season by checking out What's On Stage in Philly this week!