In November when I visited The HiveNYC
to see a production of Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt' directed by Oded Beeri,
I was introduced to some of New York City's best young performers.
is one of them. I asked Kate to introduce herself to you as part of my 'Artists in New York' series.
'Artists in New York'
Kate: Pete, thank you, again, for giving me the space to share this!!
moved to New York a little over six years ago to attend school. I
couldn't believe that I had gotten into New York University, let alone
for acting at the prestigious Stella Adler School of Acting! It was all
kind of a whirl wind.
I got here, I thought I was the coolest thing. I made a point to get
lost every day to learn my surroundings to the point that I could sound
like a "real" New Yorker.
to say, school, student loans, rent, five different part time jobs--you
know, LIFE-- took the cockiness right out of me. After a few years, New
York actually challenged me artistically. I think everyone has a little
dark part of themselves that comes to New York for the game and glory
it could offer, to 'make it.' But if you stay here long enough, the
energy of the city starts to change you.
It's one of those places where
you can be in the middle of Times Square with a million people but feel
totally alone. That's draining on a person. I don't think I was ever
close to quitting, but I did consider maybe trying another place to
live. Something that would be a little more forgiving.
However, New York is a place, once you shed enough
blood, sweat and tears, that will give you so much once it's broken you
down. In the last two years, I've met the love of my life, which
ultimately refocused my artistic life. Instead of doing everything
possible to make my craft complex and sexy and groundbreaking, I try to
begin simply. Find the love and heart in the role; listen; collaborate.
Then, I met Yula Beeri and my new family at The Hive, who gave me the
confidence and freedom and love that I'd read about artists in New York,
but which I'd never seen.
|Kate, with a young Peer Gynt.|
building this community of people I love, New York opened up it's
creative potential. I find that that my work is now not something I
show, but rather something I do; it flows. New York, I think, allowed me
to grow up. It nurtured me, punished me, challenged me, tempted me and,
ultimately, let me discover the endless possibilities of me. And it is
this limitless sense of possibility I try to bring into every moment of
Kate is originally from Michigan...
'Peer Gynt' will have two more performances, January 29th & 30th, at The HiveNYC.
...it is a wonderful intimate venue, get TICKETS HERE!
Kate will be directing 'The Tempest' this summer at The HiveNYC.
I'll be on top of that for you guys, as always, for the great performances at The Hive!
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