Film & Television Industry, Theology & Spirituality, History & Historical Research
Film and television industry, reviews, writing, producing, and distribution.
History, including Medieval Europe, the Crusades, World War II, and the British Raj in India.
Theology and spirituality, including the history of the Church, Christian doctrine, and spiritual writers through the ages.
Theater and theater history.
Kate returned to finish her undergraduate degree as a non-traditional student after taking several years off to care for her aging parents. She brought with her several years of work experience in semi-professional theater that allowed her to mentor younger students as they prepared to pursue their careers. In addition, she studied history with a focus on medieval Europe, which has always been a passion of hers.
After intensive study in screenwriting, editing, and producing, Kate completed her MFA in December 2015. Her mentors and instructors were all film industry professionals with multiple industry awards.
Although the bulk of Kate’s writing in the entertainment industry has been screenplays, she has researched and written on film theory and history. While in film school she trained under Emmy and Oscar award winning teachers, Also, she studied under Larry Brody, a retired, television showrunner known for his work on popular television dramas of the 1970s and 80s. This has given her important insight into the workings behind the scenes in both the television and film industries. Also, she had the opportunity to meet and speak with John Frankenheimer (the subject of this writing sample) when she was an acting student, many years ago.
In 2016, Kate self-published a Christian cook book. Unlike most books of its kind, she wanted to incorporate simple meditations that anyone could do while preparing each recipe. The recipes were grouped into menus that provided a spiritual theme for all the dishes in the meal.
In 2014, Kate used her grant writing experience to help a fellow student apply for a university grant to produce a student film. She learned her grant writing skills while working in local government where she collaborated with other city staff to produce documents a range of documents related to city government, including state grant applications, local ordinances, and RFPs.
Recently, Kate created the copy for the website of a new film company. The company is still in the seed stage of development, so this was not a paid job. However, she provided high quality content to help the company get their message across and will be used as part of their fundraising strategy.
Kate received her MFA in screenwriting in 20115. She has extensive experience with writing various types of scripts from narrative features to experimental shorts. In 2010, she had the chance to write a script for the university financial aid department, which had received a grant to produce a short film promoting its new website.