HELENE KVALE is the founding Artistic Director of Bated Breath Theatre Company where she conceived, directed and produced Hunger (Real Art Ways) and The Parkville Project (Playhouse on Park), also translating and directing A Doll’s House (Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC). Helene’s professional acting career spanned two decades in award winning theatre, television, radio and film. Theatre includes: Ian McKellen’s Richard III (Lady Anne) and Brian Cox’s King Lear, Napoli Milionaria, Shift, and Gitta’s Atonement all at the National Theatre, London. West End and regional productions include Burning Blue, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Secret Rapture, Life During Wartime, Getting Out. TV includes: Prime Suspect, Soldier Soldier, This Life, Hearts and Bones, Lovejoy, Deceit, Daddy’s Girl. Film: Tomorrow La Scala (Un Certain Regard, Cannes), 5:45, Talk. Helene is a professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut and regularly directs for Connecticut Repertory Theater (Pride and Prejudice, The Skin of Our Teeth, Too Much Memory, Gut Girls). As a screenwriter, Helene co-wrote Burning Blue with DMW Greer (www.burningbluefilm.com). They are currently writing a romantic comedy When You’re Not Looking. Helene graduated from the London School of Economics, trained at the Drama Studio, London, the National Theatre Studio and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and has been a member of British Actor’s Equity since 1988.