As a producer and director, Kate has premiered more than one hundred new plays Off Broadway and in Los Angeles. Her Off-Broadway work includes three seasons at Ensemble Studio Theatre, with new plays by Arthur Miller, David Mamet, John Patrick Shanley, Suzan Lori Parks, Shel Silverstein, Joyce Carol Oates, David Ives, Horton Foote, Michael John LaChiusa, Jose Rivera and Frank D. Gilroy. She produced Chinese Coffee, directed by Jack Gelber and starring Al Pacino, with Dominic Chianese.
Her Off-Broadway directorial credits include: All For One by Paul Weitz with Liev Schrieber and Calista Flockhart and Bill Bozzone’s Korea with Josh Hamilton and Bai Ling at Ensemble Studio Theatre; The White Suit with Kristin Johnston by Jenny Lombard and Neil Pepe at Atlantic Theatre Company; Liverpool Fantasy by Larry Kirwan (Black 47) and Bikini Bar starring John Heard, Mark Metcalf and Essence Atkins at The West Bank. Other New York theatres include The Women’s Project, New Dramatists, The Irish Arts Center, The Director’s Company and Synchronicity Space.
In Los Angeles, Kate produced with Risa Bramon Garcia and Jerry Levine, ACT ONE, sponsored by Showtime and Paramount Television with new plays by Kenneth Lonergan, Bryan Goluboff, Wil Calhoun, Jason Katims, Carol Reale and Rick Cleveland. For ACT ONE she directed Dearborn Heights by Cassandra Medley. With E.S.T. The LA Project, she directed a play by Neil Cuthbert with Richard Schiff and co-produced a series of one acts with Sarah Halley Finn for HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, including Michael Patrick King’s Jury Award winner for Outstanding Performance. She served as co-artistic director for E.S.T. The LA Project. Kate also directed plays for Naked Angels and the Fountain Theatre.
With Stonestreet Studios, Kate has been a guest instructor and directed several projects: including Intended Life, which she also wrote, starring Joseph Siravo. Kate and writing partner Jim L’Ecuyer wrote The Boy Downstairs (EST in NY and EST The LA Project) and Bella Via (EST, NY). She and Byam Stevens developed Christopher Cesaro’s play for the film Home Fires Burning produced by Chrisann Verges.
In New York, she produced several benefit performances for The National Coalition Against Censorship, most notably an event at The United Nations. She also produced a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with comedian Lewis Black.
In addition to casting many theatre projects, Kate was a casting director for television projects for Comedy Central. She also cast several commercials and was a consultant for several independent and feature films, including Peter Cohn’s Drunks, written by Gary Lennon.
Kate has also been a guest speaker and/or director at Smith College, Emerson College, Stonybrook College, Playwrights Forum Conference and Henry Street Settlement. She received her BA in Communications from Temple University.
Currently, Kate is adapting My Husband’s Sweethearts, a novel by Bridget Asher, for television in collaboration with Julianna Baggott.
In Los Angeles, with Learning Rights Law Center, Autism and Beyond and in private practice, Kate worked as an education advocate, aiding parents of children with special needs secure educational rights and services for their children throughout Los Angeles County.