Originally from the farms and fields of upstate New York, Kate is a NYC-based actor/playwright.
In 2014, her adaptation of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (in which she originated the role of Marianne) premiered off-Broadway. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY was named "Top 10 Theater of 2014" by both Ben Brantley of the NY Times, and by the Huffington Post, which called it “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” SENSE AND SENSIBILITY was remounted off-Broadway in 2016; Kate reprised her role. The remount was extended 4 times, running 265+ performances. It was nominated for BEST REVIVAL by the Drama League, 2 Lortels, and won the Off-Bway Alliance Award for BEST UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.
S&S had its regional debut at Dallas Theater Center in April 2015. It is published by DPS, and opened the 2016/2017 seasons at both the Guthrie Theater and Folger Theater. Ongoing productions around the country, including at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.R.T., and PlayMaker's Rep... check out my Plays page!
Additional acting credits include: Vanity Fair (Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominee - best Unique Theatrical Experience, 2017), The Seagull (Bedlam; "best classical productions of 2014" - WSJ) Internet Famous (Youngblood), 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.
Additional playwriting credits: Kate's plays include VANITY FAIR, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE THE LITTLE FELLOW, LOVE POEM, and IN THE MINES (a folk musical). Short plays include: EMMA, SAMMY AND NEENEE, SHOTZ, CC/GG, and MAGICAL PRINCESS PRETTY PARTY.
IN THE MINES was a 2015 Sundance Theater Lab semi-finalist and selected for Theater Latte Da's NEXT festival; THE LITTLE FELLOW was a 2016 O'Neill semi-finalist. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY was selected to kick off Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s first-ever HVSF2 series by Artistic Director Davis McCallum; VANITY FAIR and PRIDE & PREJUDICE were part of the 2015/2016 HVSF2 series. EMMA (a play about Emma Goldman) was a finalist for the Red Bull Theater New Plays Festival, and THE LITTLE FELLOW was selected as part of Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s 2014 First Stories Festival. Kate is a member of Oscar-nominee Jose Rivera's writing/development group. VANITY FAIR and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE will both have off-Bway productions in 2017, at the Pearl and Primary Stages, respectively - Kate will be in both casts.
Off-Broadway, she also associate-produced TAKE WHAT IS YOURS with Anecdota at 59E59 (New York Times' Critic's Pick, Henry Hewes Award Nominee).
As an actor, she tends to play truth-tellers, oddballs, and misfits. As a writer, she specializes in stories about people who struggle to reconcile the demands of society with the dictates of their consciences. Post-grad acting training includes Bob Walden, Ken Schatz, Caymichael Patten, and Jon Dapolito. She currently studies with Jane Guyer Fujita. She lives with her partner, Jason O'Connell, in Queens.
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