Originally from the farms and fields of upstate New York, Kate is a NYC-based actor/playwright. She still knows how to milk a cow - albeit not very well (both she and the cow get nervous).
She is deeply passionate about creating new female classics: stories that center around complicated women. Her work as a playwright celebrates theatricality, often features absurdity, and closely examines social and gender issues - as well as the timeless struggle to reconcile conscience / identity with social pressures. As an actor, she tends to play truth-tellers, oddballs, and misfits: people who color outside the lines.
Kate was recently named Playwright of the Year (2017) by the Wall Street Journal. Her plays include Sense and Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne) - Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award (Best Revival); 265+ performances off-Broadway. Ben Brantley named Sense and Sensibility "Top Ten Theater of 2014" and the Huffington Post called it "“the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” Other plays include Vanity Fair (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; WSJ Critic's Pick), Pride and Prejudice (In which she originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; "Best Theater of 2017", Huffington Post; WSJ Critic's Pick), In the Mines (Sundance Lab semi-finalist), Little Women, Em (Red Bull New Play finalist), Little Fellow (O’Neill semi-finalist). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at the Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, PlayMaker’s Rep, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production - S&S) & others. Upcoming productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.R.T., & more. Kate’s Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Vanity Fair are published by DPS. She is currently working on new adaptations of Little Women and The Odyssey, as well as several new original plays - including Love Poem and Prostitute Play. She was one of 2016-2017’s top 20 most-produced playwrights; Sense and Sensibility was one of the top 10 most-produced plays.
Additional acting credits include: The Seagull (Bedlam; "best classical productions of 2014" - WSJ) Cyrano, Internet Famous (Youngblood), Dreams of A West Texas Marsupial Girl (PearlDamour), All That Fall (Cherry Lane), Dreams of A West Texas Marsupial Girl (PearlDamour), When the Levee Broke (Workshop Theater), Playboy of Paris (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble), Separation Rapid (Chenango River Theatre), Walk Two Moons (Theatreworks), Good Person of Szechwan (Columbia Stages), The Nameday Party (Schapiro Theatre). Numerous independent films that she has performed in have gone on to festival success, including: Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Festival del Film Locarno, Brooklyn Film Festival, Boston Int'l Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival (Jury Award Finalist), Honolulu Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival (Stellar Award), etc. BFA Acting, Ithaca College.
Off-Broadway, she also associate-produced TAKE WHAT IS YOURS with Anecdota at 59E59 (New York Times' Critic's Pick, Henry Hewes Award Nominee) and SAINT JOAN (Bedlam at Access). Post-grad acting training includes Bob Walden, Ken Schatz, Caymichael Patten, and Jon Dapolito. She currently studies with Jane Guyer Fujita.
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