About Cathy Plourde

Add Verb Playwright Cathy Plourde

Add Verb’s founder and Program Director Cathy Plourde has been presenting theatre for social justice for over 20 years.

Cathy’s experience is as a US-based (Maine) teacher, playwright, and social activist.  Plourde taught high school and began studying theatre as an education and curriculum tool under a National Institute for the Humanities Summer Institute.  Her work progressed to creating and directing performance work with various constituencies to address social issues which led to a Master’s Degree in Theatre and Social Change.  She focused her efforts on the history of theatre as a social change agent, feminist theory and criticism, and a reflective study of the community-based theatre projects she was involved with across Maine.  Prior to developing Add Verb, Plourde provided artist residency programming, curriculum and assessment support, and artist training to the Maine Alliance for Arts Education for over nine years, having licensed and taught in secondary education.  Her early work as an independent artist facilitating theatre workshops and writing commissioned plays for regional girls’ conferences prompted her to write The Thin Line, a play about understanding eating disorders, in 2000.  Having toured nationally to rave reviews, its success inspired a subsequent play about dating violence prevention, You The Man which has been culturally adapted for use in Australia.  Both You The Man and The Thin Line have been evaluated in longitudinal studies measuring efficacy, with research by a UNE Faculty and Student team, extended in Australia in collaboration with Deakin University, Melbourne.

She has been commissioned to write pieces by numerous groups including: the Knox County Coalition Against Tobacco (Butt of Course); Mainely Girls (numerous scripts); Where the Girls Are (numerous scripts); Maine Women’s Fund (Money Talks); Planned Parenthood Network of Northern New England (When Turtles Make Love); Boys To Men (numerous scripts).

Cathy Plourde was a founding board member of Boys to Men, a remarkable program which began as a steering committee under the leadership of Layne Gregory.  Examples of her work with this organization can be found below.

Plourde joined the University of New England in January 2011, as Program Director, and in January 2012 was also appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in Integrated Health Sciences.  She provides curriculum support, educational programming, internship mentorships, and other collaborative partnerships across all of UNE’s colleges, including the Centers for Excellence in Interpersonal Education as well as Neurosciences.

While in residence at the University of New England, Plourde made many contributions to the university’s Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education in using arts in core competencies training of health professionals.

Plourde has presented about her work and using theatre in social justice and education settings nationally and internationally, including workshops for colleges, community action groups, teachers/youth workers and youth in addition to presenting a Ted Talk at Ted x Dirigo.

Cathy Plourde is available for trainings for using performance in activism, or for writing and play development workshops.

More About Cathy from our Archives:

Cathy Plourde, Add Verb Productions: Do-It-Yourself Change, Maine Women’s Fund 2011

She The Woman, Cast & Crew 2002 Page 1

She The Woman, Cast & Crew 2002 Page 2

Interview with Cathy Plourde, Finding Voice #98

Cathy’s Projects: