At age seven, Katherine began participating in various community theatre productions. From playing the iconic Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz to performing in the mesmerizing Les Miserables, this actress has experienced a wide variety of roles. Transitioning from the stage to film, she has participated in several independent and professional works, including a featured role in Michael Landon Jr.'s The Ultimate Life. An aspiring actress and storyteller, Katherine is very interested in achieving emotional depth in her work in order to properly portray an effective character. As she pursues studies in various acting methods, it is her wish to eventually develop her own philosophy of acting. Below is an excerpt from her personal testimony:
Describe myself and my work in one word?
Without a doubt “passionate” would be the top contender. Passion, which in its rawest state might be carefully avoided, often describes the way many artists, myself included, feel toward their work. When I first discovered the word, it quickly became exhausted, as I could slap it on any situation regarding my art: “I'm passionate about communicating.” “I always try to find the passion in the dialogue.” “Where there's passion there's progress.” Before long, I had discovered two things about how this word applies to many artists today. First, the word passion is thrown around recklessly. Secondly, no one can ever define it. So following my inquisitive nature, I quickly grabbed my dictionary to see what all of this really meant. Defined as "a strong and barely controllable emotion" passion seems, at first glance, to define something erratic. For what artist does not always want control over his or her work? How could one possibly view passion as a positive influence? If passion is barely containable, lacking control, but still overwhelming strong, it seems it should be avoided at all costs. Yet, I have still used that word to describe myself. Being overwhelmed by something as strong as human emotions is often concurrently crushing and exhilarating . In my experience as an actor, a student, a daughter, a sister, and friend, I find that my life is typically stimulated by these moments of such strong emotion. My several years spent in the theatre helped me develop my emotions and experiences into tangible storytelling devices. As I have transitioned into film work, those moments begin to resonate on a more deeper level because of the intimate nature of the camera. Where does this idea of passion fit into sharing who I am as a an artist? It is precisely what has formed me as such. Those outbursts of "barely controllable emotions" have lead me to believe I have something to share. As I continue to develop my sensitivity to "passion", I realize its immense importance in our culture. The influence that one intense emotion, such as joy, pain, gratefulness, excitement, love, or grief can have on our society as a whole, floods me with anticipation. With my developing skills as an actor and the immense desire to share my passion with others, I believe that as a storyteller I have much to share. Because of the influences of those strong individuals who pioneered the realizations I am having as an artist such as Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen, Harold Guskin and Ivanna Chubbuck, I am confident in tackling any part that comes my way.