Kate Russell is a Brooklyn-based theatremaker and poet. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Threadbare Theatre Workshop and an Emerging Leader of New York Arts fellow.
In addition to adapting and directing original stage adaptations of Moby-Dick and The Waste Land, Kate has directed such plays as Sarah Kane’s Crave, Jordan Harrison's Marjorie Prime, and the first multi-lingual Korean-American presentation of The Vagina Monologues.
She has performed in film and television as well as off-broadway and regionally for the past ten years. As a teaching artist she has brought poetry and devised theatre to students off the rural coast of Maine as well as Shakespeare into the inner-city schools of London and New York. Her work as a theatremaker has been noted by Creative Capital’s ON OUR RADAR and named one of their 2016 “Artists To Watch”.
Kate holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Rutgers and spent a yearlong residency at Shakespeare’s Globe in London under the tutelage of director, Mike Alfreds, when Mark Rylance was at the helm. She is a proud member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation Observership class and Actor's Equity Association. Kate has worked for such organizations as the Vineyard Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, and Theatre Communications Group. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, VICE, and Recipes for Self-Love.
She currently serves as Smack Mellon's Mentorship Program Manager for ART READY, leading their education initiative to mentor NYC youth through the arts.