Katherine Freer is a multimedia designer working in theater, installation, and film. Her work is driven by the love of storytelling and belief in its power to shift reality. Her background in narrative film, documentary, animation, and computer science combine to generate work that is not only aesthetically beautiful, but pushes convention boundaries. Frequent collaborators include Liz Lerman, Ping Chong, Tim Bond, Kamilah Forbes, Stein | Holum Projects, Talvin Wilks, and Tamilla Woodard. Kate’s work has been showcased at festivals internationally including: the Sarajevo Winter Festival, Bosnia, with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance company, the International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga in Yaroslavl, Russia with Liz Lerman, and the World Wide Words Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, with Shontina Vernon. Her theatrical designs has been featured at venues across the United States including: Arena Stage (Washington DC), CenterStage (Baltimore, MD), The Wilma (Philadelphia, PA), Arts Emerson (Boston, MA), La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego, CA), Center Theater Group (Los Angeles, CA), A.C.T. (San Francisco, CA), Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis, IN), New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ), Syracuse Stage, (Syracuse, NY), the Apollo Theater (Harlem, NY), BAM Fischer (Brooklyn, NY), Theater Row (New York, NY), and New World Stages (New York, NY). Her work has be profiled in the New York Times, The Creators Project, Lighting and Sound America, and TimeOut NY.
In addition to designing video for the stage, Kate’s installation work has been presented at: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Hall of Science, the Smithsonian National Building Museum, the Hammond Museum, 3LD Art & Technology Center, Gallery 151, and the Front Room Gallery. Her early video work includes Beatbox Flute Inspector Gadget Remix, a simple yet popular video with over 30 million views on YouTube and People's Choice Award nomination. In addition, Kate is a Wearhacks NYC award winner, a Helen Hayes Nominee, and an Innovative Theater Award nominee. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Syracuse University, New York University, Wake Forest University, and University of Iowa. Kate received a BFA in film from New York University. She is a member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 and a founding member of Imaginary Media.