Kampfner (born in Singapore) has had experiences of living on four continents and that undoubtedly informs her work as a director, producer and writer.
Her secondary school education was in London, college was at the University of Cambridge (History and Politics) and that was followed by seven years in Australia. Starting off in Canberra as an English and drama teacher, she ended up in Sydney doing theater postgrad studies and then working at the Australian Broadcasting Company as a trainee radio producer and then Executive Producer. Then it was a pull back to London to experience working for the BBC as a contract producer for factual shows and as a freelance producer of long form documentaries.
The freelance work continued to evolve after she moved to Chicago where she added production for NPR to her roster. That led to a job at New York Public Radio (WNYC) as Senior Producer on the pilot phase of Studio 360, the Peabody award winning arts show. She remained at WNYC for six years as arts producer but missed drama production and so set up her own production company contracting dramas and documentaries for the BBC. The company has successfully won contracts for drama slots for new plays that have been recorded in Sydney, New York, Chicago, London and Manchester. Kampfner was given a travel grant from BBC radio to find new plays in Moscow and subsequently produced three plays with actors who spoke English and Russian exploring contemporary themes.
As a writer, Kampfner is a dramaturg and editor with playwrights working for radio. She has adapted stage plays and novels for radio, written and co-written radio dramas and is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Her stage play Henry Darger Is, has had readings with three companies in Chicago and New York and was workshopped by members of Lookingglass Theater. She’s currently working on a new radio play, another stage play, a TV screenplay pilot and a libretto.