SINGER - ACTOR - DANCER
Green is my favorite color!
The Full Story:
Public access TV, Queen, And Banshees -
Baby Kate was amazed by the Ballerinas she saw on The Classic Arts Showcase channel. She had never seen anything like it in the small town of Plainville, (yes, that's real) CT. After months of pleading for dance class, Mom finally enrolled her in a local studio at age 3. Through ballet she found a passion for music and movement.
She won her first big solo - a verse in Queen's "Find Me Somebody to Love" - at a studious summer camp on the Vassar College campus. The music theatre course was meant to serve as an elective but she began to veer away from math and science and further toward the arts...
Eventually Kate landed her first role as Shotzie the screaming banshee in the local youth theatre's sci-fi musical Starmites and the performing arts officially had her by the (wildly teased) hair.
More recently Kate was seen performing throughout New York City with The New York Holiday Choristers, and further upstate as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and part of a most delightful Godspell ensemble troupe. She also spent a summer with The Peterborough Players, was female swing in the world premiere of Anastasia at Hartford Stage, had the immense pleasure of working with Terrence Mann on Les Miserables at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, sang with Goodspeed Opera House's Festival of New Musicals, and more. And - Kate is now a proud member of The Actors' Equity Association.
Kate earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, graduating Summa Sum Laude, as part of the Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Alpha Pi and Alpha Chi National Honors Societies and The National Society of Leadership and Success.
She is also the loving parent of the lecture-recital: "Women Composers in Music Theatre", created through the support of The Women's Advancement Initiative based in Hartford, CT. This educational program highlights the history (herstory if you will) and importance of women composers in the musical theatre genre, from 1920 through the present day. The program has been performed at both The Hartt School and The Women Composers Festival of Hartford.
"This young actress unleashes her lovely singing voice and for 3 minutes or so all is right with the universe; there is no unrest in the world; there is no fear and hatred in the neighborhood; there is only sweet music"
- Berkshire Bright Focus
"Katherine McLellan’s take on “By My Side” was heartbreaking", "The ensemble’s work together on the finale was absolutely beautiful; their harmonies through their tears brought more than one audience member to tears themselves"
- The Alt.com
"The purity of McLellan's voice, as Olive turns a small, poignant moment into something truly beautiful."
-Steve Gifford of The Onstage Critics Circle