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. After months of pleading for dance class, Mom finally enrolled her at the age of 3.
Through ballet she discovered a deep passion for music and joined all school choirs and talent shows available to her. Kate eventually landed her first role as Shotzie the screaming banshee in Starmites. Musical theatre officially had her by the (wildly teased) hair.
She took voice lessons with Dr. Susan Mardinly as part of The Hartt School Community Division, and performed and competed in many vocal competitions. She won first place in The National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition and received an Eastman School of Music award for Musical Achievement upon graduation.
Kate decided to pursue a BFA in Music Theatre at The Hartt School, and graduated summa cum 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 has been seen in Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals as part of Ryan Scott Oliver's We Foxes, Connecticut Repertory Theatre's Les Miserables directed by Terrence Mann, Romeo and Juliet with Capital Classics Theatre Company, and with both the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Goodspeed Musicals in The Best of Broadway.
Kate most recently joined the world premiere of Anastasia the musical at Hartford Stage as the female swing. The production was directed by Darko Tresjnak, with choreography by Peggy Hickey, Music and Lyrics by Flaherty and Ahrens, and book by Terrence McNally.
Katherine is also the loving parent of a lecture/recital Women Composers in Music Theatre, which was created with the help of The Women's Advancement Initiative in Hartford, CT. The educational program has been performed both at The Hartt School and The Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and continues to grow. Feel free to use the contact page for more information about the program, and how to bring it to your university or venue!
Some Friendly Quotes:
"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