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.
Kate’s first solo play Mandarin Orange premiered at Capital Fringe in Washington, D.C. in 2014, where the Washington Post named it a “Fringe Festival Highlight” and the Washington Times dubbed it a “pick of the week.” Kate has performed with San Francisco Olympians, Shanghai Repertory Theatre, Urban Aphrodite Shanghai, and Cutting Ball Theatre. She has also been featured in a multitude of independent films and web series, play everything from a 1940s housewife to a modern day, crack-addicted prostitute. Kate currently trains at The Barrow Group and performs stand up and improv regularly in New York City.
Since 2014, Kate has been honing her craft as a monologist and story teller and touring her plays across the United States and internationally. Mandarin Orange won a “sold out award” at The Exit Theatre in San Francisco, and the Marsh Theatre featured it as part of their “Rising Talent” series. At the Maui Fringe, Kate won the Hoku Award for favorite performer.
Kate’s work as a writer/preformer has caught the attention of the press and audiences. Her second solo play Ain’t That Rich was developed with assistance from Solo Sundays at Stage Werx and The Marsh in San Francisco. Ain’t That Rich was named “Best of Fringe,” in Washington, D.C. Later, Ain’t That Rich won both first prize and audience choice at Maui Fringe, Kate also brought Ain’t That Rich to Montreal Fringe and the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco where it ran for seven weeks. The San Francisco Chronicle said “Robards’ dissects with wry wit and sharp detail the socioeconomic strata. It’s not just a culture clash but a collision of different universes.” The literary magazine, Luna Luna published an excerpt of Ain’t That Rich. Kate’s one-act-play Madame Pearl ran at CCA’s Orange Box Play Space in San Francisco.
A founding company member of FOGG Theatre and former board member at Cutting Ball Theatre in San Francisco, Kate Robards is an award winning writer and performer with a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from California College of the Arts. Kate has shown her commitment to local theatre by doing a benefit performance of Mandarin Orange at her hometown theatre, Orange Community Player–raising thousands of dollars for the non-profit theatre. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.