Kate is a New York City based Lighting Designer for dance, theatre, and opera who enjoys collaborating closely with artists of all kinds. She has worked in New York City, regionally, and internationally.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kate graduated magna cum laude from the College of William and Mary with a BA in English and Theatre, and received her MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts’ Department of Design for Stage and Film. At NYU, Kate was the Resident Lighting Designer for the Dance Department.
She is the Resident Lighting Designer for Williams College Dance Department, Skybetter and Associates, and Syren Modern Dance. Kate’s work was selected for the 2011 Prague Quadrennial, and she was nominated for a 2011 Henry Hewes Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Kate has worked extensively for Theater Mitu and the Juilliard School. She made her Public Theater debut in February 2015 with Josephine & I, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
Please explore the google maps below to see the places Kate has worked.
As an Associate Lighting Director, she has worked for the Fall for Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, and the Park Avenue Armory. Kate also served as the Assistant Lighting Director for New York City Ballet for one season. She has assisted lighting designers including Clifton Taylor, Lap Chi Chu, Michael Chybowski, and Jane Cox.
Kate’s teaching experience includes a semester as a Visiting Professor of the Practice of Lighting Design at Indiana University Bloomington.
Kate lives in Astoria, and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. She is represented by Summit Entertainment Group. In her spare time, Kate loves to cook with her husband (programmer and gaffer Evan Purcell), read, and knit.