bio 

ACTOR

Kathryn’s body of work includes performances in theatre, television, film, and voiceover. She has performed on regional stages from coast to coast, and internationally and has appeared on the television series Deputy (FOX), Better Call Saul (AMC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Friday Night Lights (NBC), Hysteria (Amazon Prime) and others. Kathryn co-starred as Dr. Crawford in the dystopian sci fi film Mazerunner: The Scorch Trials and she currently co-stars in the film BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, a 2020 selection for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Notable stage credits include WAKEY WAKEY with Tony Hale at the American Conservatory Theatre, TROJAN WOMEN directed by JoAnne Akalaitis at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, The Peoples Temple at Perseverance Theatre Company in Juneau Alaska and HOLMES AND WATSON at B Street Theatre Company in Sacramento.

WRITER

    Kathryn’s collaboration with her mentor, the late Dr. Maceo Daily Jr. (former Director of the African American Studies Program at UTEP), led to the publication of their book African Americans in El Paso: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing), which is available in paperback at all major book outlets. Her essays “The Power of Theatre” and “Freud’s Last Session: Do You Believe?” were published in AVE Magazine. As a playwright, Kathryn penned the one woman show Come Away with Me, about the life of Harriet Tubman, which she has toured in schools to educate youth on the life of Ms. Tubman and the history of the Underground Railroad.

 

DIRECTOR

While with Frontera Rep, Kathryn directed the productions REENTRY and HIGHWAY 47, both riveting docudramas that were well received by the region. ReEntry was performed at Ft. Bliss for soldiers and their families.

PRODUCER

 

Kathryn created the first professional Equity theatre in El Paso TX as Co-Founding Artistic Director and Executive Producer of Frontera Repertory Theatre Company. Kathryn created the institution to help build the region’s creative capital and fill a void in the cultural landscape of the Southwest. Kathryn’s mission was to create a cultural institution to engage audiences and push boundaries through the creation of a theatre aesthetic that resonated with the border town’s multicultural community. Frontera Repertory was dedicated to nurturing theatre artists and providing a professional artistic home where artists could contribute to the cultural enrichment of all who witnessed the reflection of humanity on its stages. Through leadership, education and outreach, Frontera Rep was committed to creating a theatre of inclusion where dialogue was encouraged and diverse voices were heard. While at Frontera Repertory, Kathryn initiated a formal creative partnership with the University of Texas at El Paso’s Theatre and Dance Department. This combination of artistic capacities of a professional theatre company and an academic institution provided UTEP Theatre and Dance candidates with the unique experience of learning from and working alongside professional theatre artists.  As a professional theatre company in partnership with UTEP, Frontera Repertory enriched the academic experience for students through specialized training programs at UTEP, while engaging a culturally diverse audience, underserved local youth, and talented regionally-based artists. The Frontera Rep@ UTEP Educational Initiative provided community outreach and various curriculum enhancement opportunities. 

SCHOLAR

    Kathryn served as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and was the Sam Donaldson Communications Center Fellow there where she developed and taught groundbreaking courses.  With joint appointments in the Department of Communication, African American Studies Program and the Department of Theatre and Dance, Kathryn created cross-listed courses that addressed gaps in course content. These courses were not only vital to the theatre field, but unique in subject matter, breadth and scope. Her courses included: 1960s Black Theatre Aesthetic, Transforming The Black Female Image Through Comedy, A Lens on Denzel Washington: Crafting Black and White Images, Women in Drama: Representation of Women in Drama from Ancient Greek to Present Day, and others. Kathryn’s primary areas of scholarly research interest are multicultural and intercultural performance and communication, cultural identity, racial transgression, image, perception & representation.

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