Catherine Zudak is a writer, producer and storyteller in Southeast Michigan. She is currently revising Lion’s Share (A slave turned gladiator travels to Rome hoping to win his freedom), which Theatre Nova read as part of the Michigan Playwrights Festival. In 2021, Nova will read another new work, Nun’s at the End of the World(Four Catholic nuns stranded by a weather apocalypse struggle to keep faith). Zudak has produced an annual new play festival for Ann Arbor Civic Theatre for over ten years, as well as her own independent shows that explore social justice issues, including Broken (human trafficking), The Know Gun Show (gun violence), and Inside the Rainbow (LGBTQ). She has written and performed personal stories about suicide, gun violence and sexual harassment at regional events including Heaven Spot, HERSay, MOMS, Snapshots, and Story Night. Her full-length play, Virtues, (loosely based on the Borders bookstore strike in 2003) was produced by From Around Here Productions at the Riverside Art Center in 2014.
Zudak has a Master’s in Public Policy from George Washington University and focused on homelessness prevention and education equality during her first career. She lives in Ann Arbor with a husband, two children and a dog.