Kate Robards is an award-winning writer and performer. She has lived around the world, including Amsterdam and Shanghai, but identifies deeply with Orange, Texas, a small Gulf Coast town on the Texas-Louisiana border where she spent the first twenty years of her life. Her work often deals with the sense of home, rootedness, and identity.
Her first solo play, Mandarin Orange, premiered in Washington, DC and was named a Capital Fringe Festival highlight by the Washington Post, and a Pick of the Week by the Washington Times. The play was later performed in San Francisco at The Exit Theatre, where it won a Sold Out Award, and at The Marsh Theatre as part of their “Rising Talent” series. An additional production at the Maui Fringe Festival earned Kate the Hoku Award for favorite performer. Robards also performed a benefit of the play for Orange Community Players that raised thousands of dollars for the non-profit theatre.
Robards’ one-act-play Madame Pearl was performed at CCA’s Orange Box Play Space in San Francisco.
Her second solo play, Ain’t That Rich, debuted at the Capital Fringe Fest in July 2016, where it was named one of the Best of Fringe 2016 shows by DC Metro Theatre. A second production at Maui’s IAO Theatre earned the First Prize – Best of Fringe Award and the Audience Choice Award for the 2017 Maui Fringe Festival. A third production at FRIGID NYC 2017 sold out at Under Saint Marks. A fourth production appeared at the 2017 Montreal Fringe Festival. The Marsh theatre in San Francisco selected the play to have a six week run October 20th, through December 3rd. Ain’t That Rich was developed with assistance from Solo Sundays at Stage Werx in San Francisco.
As an actor, Robards has performed with Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, San Francisco Olympians, Exit Theatre, Shanghai Repertory Theatre, Urban Aphrodite, and Cutting Ball Theatre. Currently she is training at The Barrow Group under Seth Barish in NYC. She has been featured in independent films and web series, playing everything from a 1940s housewife to a modern-day, crack-addicted prostitute.
Kate is a founding company member of FOGG Theatre and has served on the board of directors at FOGG and Cutting Ball Theatre, both in San Francisco. She is a graduate of Uprights Citizens Brigade improvisation school in New York, holds a Masters of Fine Arts in writing from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.