Kate Danley


Kate Danley is an award winning playwright and novelist.  She spent over five weeks on the USA TODAY bestseller list and has sold over a million books globally.  She has been honored with the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year (The Woodcutter), McDougall Previews Award for Best Fantasy Book of the Year (Queen Mab), and her series Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker has been optioned for film and television development. 

Her first full-length script, the 1930s screwball comedy Building Madness, won the 2016 Panowski Playwriting Award.  Her second full-length script, Perfectly UnINtentional (formerly Bureaucrazy), was a semi-finalist in the 2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2018 Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle New Play Initiative, and 2018 Women are Funny Awards.  Her one-act Power was the overall winner of the Renegade Theatre Festival.  Her short Kings of the World was honored as the 3rd place audience favorite in the 10x10x10 Festival, tallied from over 400 ballots.  Her plays have been performed in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Ottawa (Canada), Bath (UK), Grande Prairie (Canada), Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, and Anchorage, among others.  

She graduated from Towson University with a BS in Theatre Summa cum Laude and was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts.  She trained at RADA London, The Groundlings, Folger Shakespeare, Theatricum Botanicum, and Acme Comedy Theater.  She also attended the CTI Intensive and subsequent workshops in commercial producing, the Kenyan Playwrights Conference, and the Arvon at the Hurst writing program in radio drama.  She performed her original stand-up at such clubs as The Comedy Store and The Icehouse.  She belonged to the main company and wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood.  She won the Breckenridge Festival of Film Screenplay Competition for her feature script Fairy Blood.  Her film shorts The Playhouse, Dog Days, Sock Zombie, SuperPout, and Sports Scents can be seen in festivals and on the internet. 



Working for Crumbs, Burlington Players, February 2024


Winner - Panowski Playwriting Award, Renegade Theatre Festival, 3rd Place 10x10x10 Festival, Acme Comedy Award

Semi-Finalist - O'Neill, Moss Hart & Kittle Carlisle NPI, Bay Area Playwright Foundation

  • USA TODAY Bestselling Author
  • Over a million books sold globally
  • Maryland Distinguished Scholar in Theatre Arts
  • TRAINING - The Groundlings, RADA, Arvon, B.S. in Theatre Summa Cum Laude - Towson University, Acme Comedy Theater, ESPA