Katy is an actor, singer, music/theatre maker and multi-disciplinary performer originally from New York and currently based in Europe. She has trained in a range of acting, voice, and movement methodologies, including Fitzmaurice voice work under master teacher Ilse Pfeifer, Feldenkrais under Sita Mani, Meisner technique under master teacher Bill Esper, Method acting under master teacher Tony Greco, Grotowski under Studio Matejka’s Magdalena Koza and Lecoq physical theater under master teacher Phillippe Gaulier. She is currently receiving her MFA at Rose Bruford College in London in Acting and Performance.
Katy is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and graduated from Princeton University with honors in 2010 with a bachelor’s in East Asian Studies and a certificate in Translation Theory. She was awarded Princeton’s Marjory Chadwick Buchanan thesis prize for her work researching the relationship between linguistic creativity and Internet censorship in China. She subsequently did a year-long post-bac at IUP at Tsinghua University, Beijing, where she furthered her studies in advanced Mandarin and Classical Chinese. She works as a Mandarin translator predominantly of fiction, art criticism and other art-related texts.
Katy has performed as a singer with Americana musician Anthony D’amato on NPR’s Tiny Desk, CBS Saturday Morning, WNYC, WFUV, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, SXSW in Austin, Cadogan Hall in London, Mercury Lounge in NYC, The Bowery Ballroom, and others and contributes backup vocals to experimental group And The Wiremen’s new album. She has created theater pieces for Dixon Place and Exponential Festival in New York, co-created an ensemble piece for Summerhall @ Edinburgh Fringe and performed in pieces at the Royal Academy of Arts, Frieze London, ARCO Madrid, The Ryder Gallery in London, Garis & Hahn Gallery on the Bowery in NYC, H0L0 Brooklyn, and The Segal Center in NYC as part of the Prelude Festival. She has improvised movement and dialogue in films that have aired at Moscow’s MOMA - a piece by Nikita Shokhov - and at Frieze London - a piece by Ian Giles, in which she spoke Mandarin and explored the limits of language.
As a theatre and performance maker, Katy is most interested in both the generative and destructive possibilities of language, in improvised vocal composition, and in making and being part of work which explores the relationship between the voice and the energetic body. Along with her work as a performer, she has a painting practice which largely serves as a vehicle for investigation into this relationship. As part of her MFA at Rose Bruford, she is currently on an Erasmus scholarship in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, where she is learning traditional Georgian polyphonic folk music while working on upcoming projects.