Katy is in her third year teaching courses in acting, voice, and musical theatre at Nolte Academy.
Katy also works as a professional actor, director, and dialect coach, most recently with Riverside Theatre, Working Group Theatre, Mirrorbox Theatre, and Revival Theatre Company.
Get 2 Know Katy!
I toured the country to fight bullying with theatre! I was a cast member in the first national tour of Jennifer Fawcett's award-winning play Out of Bounds, produced by Working Group Theatre and directed by Sean Christopher Lewis. Out of Bounds is a play about how cyber-bullying affects middle school students and their parents who try to help them. Though the story is a work of fiction, the ideas were based on interviews with teachers, counselors, police officers, social workers, parents and kids. We got to go everywhere from Las Vegas to Parker, CO to Newark, NJ with the show, and after performing we would lead talkbacks and workshops to engage our audiences in conversations about bullying and teach them how to use forum theatre activities to "rehearse for real life." This experience changed my life. It's easy for people to think that theatre is all about playing pretend or escaping reality, but it can also be used as a tool for social change!
I have run up a mountain in a hail storm! My best friend Laura and her husband live in Littleton, CO, and a few years ago I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition of flying out there with my son Jack once a year to hike and camp and make memories. Though I like to think the highlight was on our third annual trip when we hiked Royal Arch Trail, I know Jack's favorite memory was from our second trip. We were camping at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and Laura and I had taken Jack to the restrooms at the bottom of the hill. Suddenly, the weather got bad. And I mean BAD! It was raining really hard. We knew we had to make it back to the tent, so I put Jack (then seven years old) on my back and took off running. Let me tell you, when you are used to living in Iowa, running uphill at that elevation with a small child on your back is no small feat! Of course, as luck would have it, as soon as I started running, the rain turned to hail. HAIL. Jack and I both started cracking up. We made it safely back to the tent, changed into dry clothes and cuddled up to read a Harry Potter book. It was certainly memorable, and when Jack told me that me running up a mountain in a hail storm will always be his favorite Colorado memory, I knew he had a flair for the dramatic, just like his mama.
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