A native of Evanston, Illinois, Kate Emery Pogue received her undergraduate degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and her master’s from the University of Minnesota. She was an original member of the Guthrie Theatre Company where she worked with Tyrone Guthrie, Douglas Campbell, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. She was the founder of the Drama program and writer of the theater curriculum for Houston Community College where she taught for over twenty years. During this time she was the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare by the Book Festival in Fort Bend County, Texas, and a founder, Artistic Director, and Resident Librettist for Opera To Go, the educational outreach performance company for Houston Grand Opera. As a stage director she has worked for University of Houston Downtown, Unity Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages, and Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to her many works for children’s theatre and opera, Mrs. Pogue has written four books on Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Friends, Shakespeare’s Family, Shakespeare’s Figures of Speech and Shakespeare’s Education. She is married to Bill Pogue and has two children and three grandchildren.