Kathryn Burnett is a screenwriter, playwright, workshop facilitator and screenwriting consultant who has worked in film and television for over 17 years. In addition to writing, she runs her BrainStorm workshops and works as a script consultant on feature films. In 2011 she produced a season of her play “Mike & Virginia” (co-writer Nick Ward) in the 2011 International Comedy Festival.
She has significant television writing credits and has developed numerous television series for New Zealand’s major production companies. In addition, she has worked as a Script Consultant/Assessor on – Love Birds, Devil’s Rock, Dean Spanley, Rest For The Wicked, The Ferryman, Midnight Golfer and Poppy among others.
For the last 8 years she has been a regular Script Assessor for NZ On Air and South Pacific Pictures in addition to individual writers and producers. In 2008/09 she co-created and developed the TVNZ drama “The Cult”
Kathryn was the screenwriting tutor at South Seas Film & Television School in 2005-2007. In 2003, she received a British Council Screenwriting Scholarship, which saw her spending 2 months with BOX TV’s development team in London.
From 1997 to 2000 Kathryn was the Executive Director of the New Zealand Writers Guild. During this time she was a Qantas award-winning columnist for She and More magazine then regular columnist for Grace magazine,(wrote pieces for North and South, and Canadian Screenwriter) and published a book of humourous essays – Has Johnny Come Lately? through HarperCollins.