Kate is a stage & screen actress, musician, poet, and creator based in Los Angeles.
She recently shot the CBS pilot The Get, a 1-hour drama by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, 11.22.63) with Amy Brenneman and Brad Garrett.
When Kate isn't onset or performing, she creates music videos and comedic sketches under the alias of weasleysweaters, her Harry Potter superfan alter-ego. Her videos, ranging from Harry Potter themed musical parodies to original songs, have been seen by millions. She has been featured in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, A.V. Club, Seventeen, Elle, HelloGiggles -- and internationally with Dolly Magazine, Cosmopolitan in Malaysia, and more.
As a singer-songwriter, she performs her live music around Los Angeles. She finished up a residency at Molly Malone's in Los Angeles earlier this year, performed up in San Francisco, and has been playing gigs throughout LA. Kate played the Mar Vista ArtWalk and performed live on Geek & Sundry's Twitch channel to thousands. Follow along behind the scenes on @katherineparkin!
Her poetry was honored by the City of Los Angeles + the Department of Transportation for a street walk project. Kate's haiku is featured on a sign off Venice Blvd. Following the #MeToo viral hashtag, Kate's poem entitled to the #MeToos (which she posted anonymously) was shared countless times across social media platforms, with a message of hope to survivors of trauma.
Passionate for equal rights, Kate is a longtime activist, working with the documentary Equal Means Equal and the ACLU campaign Students Not Suspects.
Kate has appeared onstage in classical + contemporary theatre productions in New York, D.C., and Los Angeles. She has worked in independent film, starring in the Shakespearean short film Emilia that was an official selection at the Stratford-upon-Avon 'Shakespeare on Film Festival.'
The short film juliet, Kate's Romeo & Juliet adaptation for the YouTube generation, was an official entry at the same festival. She shot the film vlog-style, taking her soliloquies direct to camera, inspired by her own years creating content on YouTube.
She interned at The Orange Tree Theatre in the UK, assisting with the Shakespeare Education program. Her training in London prepped her to receive her stage combat certification in unarmed combat by the Society of American Fight Directors. She also studied Stanislavsky + Chekhov in Russia at the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy (through The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute).
Raised in Reston, Virginia among golden retrievers and guitars, Kate started acting in community theatre and training in classical piano at age the age of five. She hasn't stopped performing and creating since!
After her music videos went viral, Kate began to realize the impact of media on young people and became inspired by the work of The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. She was so excited to launch the Institute's Snapchat in 2016 so she could bring over her young followers to see what happens behind the scenes at empowering events, such as:
- The Global Symposium on Gender in Media held at Google Venice
- The Fox Women in Sports Event
- The Eagle Huntress screening hosted by Sony Pictures Classics
- CBS Entertainment Diversity Event: Inclusion Beyond Acceptance
Kate is currently in development of her first album. See her instagram for upcoming shows.
Some Happy Reviews :)
"If there was ever a video designed to make the Internet explode from joy, this is it." - The Los Angeles Times
"YouTube genius Kate Parkin combined two great tastes that taste more than great together — Taylor Swift and Harry Potter, to be exact — to brew the perfect parody potion." -MTV
"Among the talented cast, the young lovers particularly stand out: Kate Parkin as Helena...Parkin’s body language is wonderfully expressive and her denunciation of Hermia is particularly passionate." -Los Angeles Stage and Cinema, Midsummer Night's Dream at The Odyssey Theatre
GEENA DAVIS INSTITUTE
Film + TV + Theatre
MUSIC + MODELING
Backstage at The Odyssey Theatre - Kate Parkin as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, New American Theatre Company production: directed by Jack Stehlin, dramaturge Alfred Molina
Managed by Darlene Kaplan Entertainment.