ACTORS & ARTISTS
Kate Burton was nominated for Tony Awards for her work in Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, and The Constant Wife. Additional Broadway credits include Spring Awakening, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Jake’s Women, Company, Some Americans Abroad, and most recently, Present Laughter. Her film credits include Big Trouble in Little China; The Ice Storm; Unfaithful; 2 Days in New York; Liberal Arts; 127 Hours; and Where'd You Go, Bernadette? On television, she has appeared in multiple Law and Orders, Empire Falls, Rescue Me, Veep, Grimm, Modern Family, Supergirl, The Gifted, Strange Angel, Scandal, Perfect Harmony, Homeland, Charmed, and Grey's Anatomy, for which she has received numerous Emmy nominations. Burton has directed at the LA Philharmonic and is a professor at the University of Southern California.
Jeanne Desy is a poet and fiction writer. Her contemporary feminist fairy tale, The Princess Who Stood on Her Own Two Feet, was first published in Ms. magazine and has been widely reprinted and studied worldwide. In 1996, Desy received the Josiah Bancroft Award for Folk Dancing: Notes for a Comic Novel. Her works of poetry include CAT! The Animal that Hides in Your Heart, Ghost, and Leaving Zen Mountain, which was nominated by Pale Horse Press for the 2006 Pushcart Prize.
Jane Kaczmarek is best known for her role as Lois on Malcolm in the Middle, for which she received 7 consecutive Emmy nominations as well as nominations for the Golden Globe and SAG Awards. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Yale School of Drama, Kaczmarek made her television debut on The Paper Chase and Hill Street Blues and most recently can be seen on The Big Bang Theory, This Is Us, Carol's Second Act, and Mixed-ish. In New York, Kaczmarek has appeared on Broadway and off at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, the Public Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, and 6 seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her recent theater credits include in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Our Town with Deaf West Theatre, and The Year to Come at La Jolla Playhouse. Kaczmarek’s favorite job is raising her three kids and reading/hosting Selected Shorts across America.
Clarice Lispector (1920 - 1977) was one of Brazil’s foremost modern writers, earning international acclaim for her novels and short stories. Her first novel, Near to the Wild Heart, was awarded the 1944 Graça Aranha national prize for fiction, and her following works, including the short story collection Family Ties and the novels The Passion According to G.H. and Água Viva, were similarly lauded. Interest in Lispector’s work was revived in 2009 with the publication of Benjamin Moser’s Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector. The translated collection The Complete Stories was published by New Directions and won the PEN Translation Prize in 2016.