Kamarie is a proud native of Washington State, and alumni of the Western Washington Theatre Department, having received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006. She received her M.F.A. from The University of New Mexico in 2009 with dissertation work in gender and playwriting. Kamarie is thrilled to be teaching Advanced and Beginning Playwriting, Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy, as well as Critisicm for the Department of Theatre and Dance. She has taught and directed theatre and outreach to many diverse populations and was the Artistic Director of a mixed-ability company in Albuquerque, NM called Equilibrium Theatre Company (ETC). Kamarie was also a member of the iDiOM Theater ensemble from 2003 – 2006 and member of the BoD (iDiOM) from 2013 - 2015. She is a member of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, The Dramatists Guild, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and Artists Trust. Her play Deception Pass: An American Story was the winner of two national awards from The Kennedy Center (The David Mark Cohen and co-winner of the Paula Vogel playwriting awards) and received its Washington State premiere in January of 2013 at WWU. This play was also the national winner of The ATHE playwriting award. In 2010 her short play, Dijon Love, was a finalist for the Humana Heidman Award and she was a top five finalist for the NPA/Seattle Rep/SAG Screenwriting contest in June of 2010. She has had her work published by NPA and numerous zines and smaller publications. Most recently she premiered her first musical (co-written with Spencer Willows) at The iDiOM Theater in 2015; Ded Reckoning: A Space Adventure in Two Acts. In June of 2015 Kamarie has been hired to dramaturg and co-produce a series of new plays with Texas Tech’s Wildwind Festival.