Kate is an American stage & screen actress, musician, writer, and creator.

She most recently appeared in Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s production of The Wolves at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado. She portrayed #46, the awkward new girl on the high school soccer team, who lives in a yurt and throws the team off balance upon her arrival. This summer, Kate will be back at the Dairy Arts Center. She is playing Lady Capulet in Peak to Peak Players production of Romeo & Juliet directed by Mark Ragan, featuring dancers from the Boulder Ballet + Christopher' Wheeldon’s choreography of ‘This Bitter Earth.’ She also shot a co-star role on the CBS pilot The Get, a 1-hour drama by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, 11.22.63) directed by James Strong, with Amy Brenneman and Brad Garrett. 

San Francisco, Photo by Sarah Moseley

San Francisco, Photo by Sarah Moseley

Backstage at The Odyssey Theatre - Kate Parkin as Helena in  A Midsummer Night's Dream , New American Theatre Company production. Directed by Jack Stehlin, dramaturg Alfred Molina.

Backstage at The Odyssey Theatre - Kate Parkin as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, New American Theatre Company production. Directed by Jack Stehlin, dramaturg Alfred Molina.

When Kate isn't onset or performing, she creates music videos and comedic sketches under the alias of weasleysweatersher 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, Billboard, Elle, HelloGiggles -- and internationally with Dolly Magazine, Cosmopolitan in Malaysia, and more.  Her Harry Potter parody to Pitch Perfect’s Cups/When I’m Gone led to her appearance in the official Pitch Perfect Cups music video with Anna Kendrick, directed by Jason Moore.

As a singer-songwriter, she performs her live music around Los Angeles. She finished up a residency at Molly Malone's in Los Angeles, 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. Kate’s poetry was honored in 2017 by the City of Los Angeles + the Department of Transportation for a street walk project, and her haiku is featured on a sign off Venice Blvd.

Kate live at Molly Malone's Irish Pub, Los Angeles 2017 - Photo by Dan Wynick

Kate live at Molly Malone's Irish Pub, Los Angeles 2017 - Photo by Dan Wynick

Kate has appeared onstage in classical + contemporary theatre productions in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, and Los Angeles. A member of the New American Theatre Company in Los Angeles, she appeared as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Jack Stehlin with dramaturg Alfred Molina at The Odyssey Theatre. 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. 

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 graduated Cum Laude from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama, a recipient of the John B. Harcourt Writing Scholarship and a National Foundation for the Arts YoungArts Award & Scholarship in Play/Script Writing. Her first play, which premiered in a reading at George Mason University’s First Light Festival when she was 16, is in the library archives of GMU’s Theater of the First Amendment in Fairfax, Virginia. She interned at The Orange Tree Theatre in the UK during college, assisting with the Shakespeare Education program. She also studied acting, dance, and singing in Russia at the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy through The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute.