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Katie in Denmark - website pic croppedWelcome to the portfolio of Katie Bennett. In her mad youth Katie (aka “Kathryn”) acted in New York on daytime television in shows like All My Children and As the World Turns. She also worked off-off Broadway and at the Tony Award winning Shakespeare Theatre in D.C.  She is an MFA (University of South Carolina) with an AB from UC Berkeley who has trained with Kristin Linklater and Catherine Fitzmaurice as well as various teachers of the Julliard School. Most recently she studied at Second City. Katie hangs out her shingle in the place of her birth, Portland, Oregon, where she is working as a professional actor, director and playwright.  Check out Katie’s short stories of encouragement at A BIG LIFE for playful nuggets of wisdom which take the intimidation factor out of pursuing a career in arts and entertainment.  

THE LATEST:  ACTING: In the award-winning short film Tomorrow, Katie plays Tommy, a lunch lady with old dreams. This lovely film about not giving up hope won Best Cinematography at the 2015 Atlanta Independent Film Festival and a 2016 Bronze Telly. Directed by Dennis Muylar. Completed.

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 South of Heaven – Little Sister Katie plays Dana, the mother of the lead in director Jeff Scott Taylor’s sequel to the modern noir film  South of Heaven which stars Daniel Baldwin and Land of the Lost’s Shannon Day. (story w/ Donna Lambert) – In Production. 2016. 10168153_692478267460739_7610956988732561385_n[1]

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On set as Dana with Brian Sutherland

SCREENWRITING:  Liberty and Grace –  During the year of the 1976 Bicentennial, naive high schooler Liberty meets her best friend-to-be while struggling with dating, the women’s movement, her parents’ divorce and finding her faith.  Being shopped. 2016.

PLAYWRITING: Katie’s 90 minute comic romp Pirates of the Red Skull has had several East/West Coast readings including: FG 15 In Search of the Red Skull - PDX Playwrights - Roz Fell as Emmeline and Mat Bostrum as Jasper - Nicole Sage boost

 

 

New York – May 2015: Table reading at Champion Studios with some of Broadway’s best including Jeanne Lehman (Beauty and the Beast), Robert Petkoff (39 Steps, All the Way), Susan Wands (Coastal Disturbances), James Latus (The Public Theatre) and J. Allen Suddeth (Broadway’s Aladdin).

Portland – Jan 2014: Staged reading at Fertile Ground Theatre Festival in Portland produced through PDX Playwrights.  Yet to be premiered.