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 will appear at the 2017 Montreal Fringe Festival. 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. 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 company member of FOGG Theatre and serves on the board of directors at FOGG and Cutting Ball Theatre, both in San Francisco. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in writing from California College of the Arts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
On Giving Back
Being from a small town, I know the power of community and giving back. I believe in living your life local and making friends where you are. Because I’ve lived in so many places, I’ve made a lot of friends. Here are links to my collaborators and community organizations I work with or admire.
Young Storytellers– Using one-on-one mentorship, low-income students learn how to write original stories and see them brought to life on stage and film.
Cutting Ball– San Francisco’s avant-garde theater located in the heart of downtown.
826 Valencia – is dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 19 with their writing skills and helping teachers get their students excited about writing.
FOGG Theatre – commissions, develops, and produces locally relevant stories created for the San Francisco Bay Area. FOGG also provides Bay Area focused performing arts education.
Playwrights Foundation – is the West Coast Center for new play development, resources for playwrights and annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Dedicated to discovering and supporting local and national American playwrights across a broad spectrum of artistic and career positions.
Planting Justice – democratizing access to affordable, nutritious food by empowering disenfranchised urban residents with the skills, resources, and inspiration to maximize food production, economic opportunities, and environmental sustainability in our neighborhoods.
Junesong – freely explore the scripts, music and images from Tim Guillot in this online creative universe.
SPARK– provides life changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States.
Orange Community Players – Orange Community Players brings the community together through performance, creativity, and a passion for the arts and artists of Southeast Texas.
Camp Fire Boys and Girls