Kate Lass is a Chicago-based actor, fight choreographer, intimacy director, and teacher of stage combat. Originally from Nashville, TN, Kate moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College, where she graduated in 2014 with a BA in Acting and a double minor in Stage Combat and English Literature. Since then, her work has been seen all over Chicago, including at Strawdog Theatre, Teatro Vista, The Barrens Theatre Company, and the Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company, where she is a company member. She has also choreographed for Nashville Repertory Theatre, Act I Theatre, and Berry College Theatre Company.
Kate is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and has also trained with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, Theatrical Intimacy Education, Intimacy Directors International, and Mental Health Coordinators.
Kate has been on staff at numerous SAFD regional workshops and regularly assists Fight Master Chuck Coyl at the Actors Gymnasium in Evanston. She has also taught stage combat at Open Gate Movement Arts, Nashville Children's Theatre, and SAFD workshops around the country, as well as independently through her own company, Strike & Reason.
Currently, Kate is choreographing the violence for American Psycho at Kokandy Productions, running September 14 - November 26. Get tickets here!
In November, she will be teaching a series of classes in all SAFD weapons through her training studio, Strike & Reason. Sign up link coming soon!