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"Making Her Mark in Hollywood"
Kate, a 2001 Keystone College graduate, is an up-and-coming actor/comedian/musician who is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood and across the nation. She can be seen playing the part of Stacy in the romantic comedy, “When in Rome,” starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel. She also appeared as Ally in the Fox television comedy “Til Death” starring Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. In addition, Kate has played Stephanie Gooch, better known as “The Gooch” in the hit comedy series, “Scrubs.” She’s well known for her outstanding musical comedy act and has performed on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and in numerous clubs in and around Los Angeles. Kate has also appeared in commercials for nationally known companies such as H&R Block, Hillshire Farms, T-Mobile, and Mastercard.
But while she was at Keystone, pursuing a career in Hollywood wasn’t a dream she ever considered. “I was super quiet then,” Kate recalled. “I remember being invited to parties, but I never went. I just stayed in my room, painted, and made puppets.” But her life – and her personality – would soon change.
After graduating from Keystone with an associate degree in fine arts, Kate traveled to Hawaii where she stayed with her aunt and uncle “literally living on their front porch.” “I realized that part of me loved to act, but I was such a shy kid. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life at that point. But while I was in Hawaii, I realized one thing; I loved warm weather and palm trees,” she said.
Kate’s travels - and her love of sunny climates - eventually took her to Los Angeles, enrolling in Loyola Marymount University where she “made more puppets and received a bachelor’s degree in studio art.” By then, she knew she wanted to give performing a try. “Luckily, I got my foot in the door by doing some commercials, and a year later I thought I would try for T.V. and movies. Then, there was a writer’s strike in 2007. So, I focused on my music and performing live shows, singing songs and performing comedy. That started the whole thing for me. I was doing five shows a week all around town,” she said. Casting directors began to recognize her talent. One job led to another and she eventually landed roles in “When in Rome,” “Scrubs” and “Til Death.”
With her career steadily on the rise, Kate still keeps in touch with several of her Keystone classmates, as well as Keystone professor Cliff Prokop and Fine Arts Division Coordinator Stacey Donahue-Semenza ’91. “The faculty and staff at Keystone were so great. I loved being there, and I loved the campus. I really hope to get back and visit someday when things slow down,” she said. But for Kate, life doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.