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Meet Catherine Pelonero

Catherine Pelonero

City: Los Angeles
State: CA
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Catherine Pelonero's plays include Family Names and Awesome Ghosts of Ontario, both published by Samuel French, Inc. She has won the Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival and the Yale University Screenwriting Competition for her short screenplay, Preservation Society. Other titles include Puppies with Papers, a finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Another Effing Family Drama, which premiered at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival and was chosen for Best of the Fringe.

Catherine Pelonero is the author of Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences, a nonfiction book about the notorious 1964 murder case. Kitty Genovese made both the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists, reaching #11 on the New York Times Best Sellers in crime & punishment and #1 on Amazon in biography & memoir, Kindle edition.

As a true crime author and commentator, Catherine has appeared on A Crime to Remember on Investigation Discovery, Fox Files, and New York's Pix11 with Marvin Scott, among others. She is a panelist at the 2015 California Crime Writers Conference and will appear on two new episodes of A Crime to Remember airing on Investigation Discovery in the fall of 2015.

Catherine Pelonero is originally from Buffalo, New York, where she studied playwriting with Emanuel Fried. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Dramatists Guild, the Actors Studio Playwrights & Directors Unit, and serves as a vice chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.