Kate is an Equity actress who has just recently moved to New York City from the Los Angeles area. She started her performance career in the ballet world at age 5, performing leads in ballets (Clara in The Nutcracker, Wicked Stepsister in Cinderella, Hansel in Hansel and Gretl) and teaching her own ballet and tap classes starting at age 13. She danced only classically until the world of musical theatre pulled her in at age 15.
She started dancing in the ensembles of musicals like Brigadoon and Meet Me in St. Louis until she went to college and started taking singing lessons. She got her first leading role (Sargeant Sarah Brown) at 19 in a college production of Guys and Dolls, and followed that with one of her favorite roles, Dot in Sunday in the Park with George.
She got her degree in Musical Theatre from the University of California, Irvine, and then went on to do a few years of summer stock in the east (Weathervane Playhouse in Ohio) doing some great roles (Sargeant Sarah, again, Marian Peroo in The Music Man, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and Maria VonTrapp in The Sound of Music).
Between shows, Kate would travel to various locations and teach ballet and singing to kids. She started to learn to play the piano and was able to begin a modest private voice lesson practice as well. Then, in 2004, she was accepted into the post-graduate program at the Oxford School of Drama in England, where she played Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the quirky Bessie Higginbotham in Tennesee Williams' A Perfect Analysis Given By A Parrot.
After school, she and a business parter started their own theatre company in California, Light Hat Productions, and over the next three years, they produced one-woman cabarets, independant film screenings, and new play readings. Kate also began teaching all levels of voice, ballet and theatre dance regularly at studios in Southern California, preparing yearly recital pieces and getting kids ready for competitions. Then, last year, after a spate of some regional lead roles (Fiona in Brigadoon and Maria VonTrapp in The Sound of Music) Kate got to play her dream role, Eliza Doolittle in a Los Angeles Production of My Fair Lady. She moved to New York in that same year to follow the Broadway dream once again.
Recently, she has started a new theatre company, Claramarian Productions, which should start producing works this fall. She continues to teach voice in the city mainly to kids who are following the broadway dream, and dancers who get past all the cuts and are terrified when auditioners say, "ok, get your books and sing." She has taught every level, from Broadway chorus dancer to financial advisor with a secret yen for performing to kids who love to sing, and she loves watching her regular students improve from week to week, getting out there to auditions and booking jobs!!!!