Kathryn is a versatile actress adept at fully embodying characters ranging from the tormented but enlightened 'Agnes' in Agnes of God to the steely insurance attorney she portrayed in ABC's The Deep End.  She has worked in many theatrical genres both onstage and in front of the camera.  Most know her from her work as 'Kasey Sprows' on the ABC dramedy Scoundrels in which she co-starred with actress Virginia Madsen, as well as her most recent work in the blockbuster film Mazerunner: The Scorch Trials.

 

Kathryn's professional career began as a hand and rod puppeteer touring the Midwest, a job she secured after earning her BA in Theatre and Drama from the University of Michigan.  "Securing an acting job upon graduation is rare -- grads usually start auditioning and pounding the pavement.  I was lucky -- I auditioned before graduation and signed my contract shortly thereafter."  She has since performed in regional theaters across the country, building a solid stage career in addition to her film, television, commercial and voiceover work. 

 

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathryn spent her formative years just outside of the "D" (short for Detroit) in Southfield, Michigan, two miles from Eminem's 8 Mile Road.  Exposed to arts and culture at an early age, Kathryn initially had dreams of becoming a prima ballerina.  "I studied and read about dance greats Maria Tallchief and George Balanchine.  I thought I wanted to go to The School of American Ballet.  But I soon realized my true passion was the stage -- my first role was at the age of 10. I played 'Aunt Polly' in the play Tom Sawyer.  I had my sights set on New York City."  She finally made it there after a stint in Chicago and a stopover in Pittsburgh to attend graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University where she earned her MFA in Acting.

 

While at CMU, Kathryn further honed her skills in Moscow, Russia, studying Stanislavski and classic Russian literature.  "My experience in Moscow is unparalleled by any other I have ever had.  Whether I was performing on the same stage that Anton Chekhov did or walking through the homes of Chekhov, Maxim Gorky or Sevolod Yemilyevich Meyerhold, every moment was deeply enriching."

Biography

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