TitlesAssociate Professor of Theater
I believe there is an inherent wisdom every person can access through awareness and practice. I work to create a safe place where the actor can begin to take risks—physically, emotionally, intellectually and creatively—and by leaping into the unknown, gain confidence and develop a creative voice and physical expressivity.
Kate Kohler Amory joined the Conservatory in 2017 and is an associate professor of theater.
Amory is a theater maker: actor, director, choreographer, dancer, and writer. She is also a professor of movement and acting at Salem State University. Over her 30-year career in New York and beyond, she has appeared in numerous plays including The Life of Spiders, Einstein’s Dreams (The Culture Project), Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing (Lincoln Center’s Clark Theater), Refracting Miss Julie (One Arm Red Brooklyn), The Yellow Wallpaper (The Living Theater), and PERSONA (Women’s Center Stage Festival @ The Culture Project). In New England, she appeared in As You Like It, Love’s Labor’s Lost (Shakespeare & Company), Sylvia (Salem Summer Theatre), Possible Worlds (Perishable Theater), and Much Ado About Nothing (New England Shakespeare Festival). She has written and performed solo shows including Punk Rock Mother F---ker (UMass Amherst) and CounterThrust (Boulder International Fringe Festival).
Amory was a founding member of Holderness Theater Company, where she served as actress, teacher, and choreographer. She is also a founding member of Convergences Theater Collective and is coartistic director of the Ridiculous Project, where she performed/adapted The Birds (The Factory Theater) and Romeo and Juliet: A Space Oddity (Salem Arts Festival).
A frequent guest teacher, she has taught in numerous universities, including Brandeis University and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, as well as companies such as Shakespeare & Company. She directed Macbeth, Comedy of Errors, d.arc water, Big Love, and Ghosts of Troy at Salem State University and codirected Hamlet in a Nutshell at Brandeis University.
She holds an M.F.A. in contemporary performance from Naropa University, a master’s degree from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art/King’s College London, and a B.F.A. from Goldsmiths College in London. She is also certified in somatic movement, Trish Arnold Movement Technique, and yoga instruction. She resides in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with her partner, two sons, and Australian Shepherd.
Professional Awards and Recognitions
- Merit Award for directing and cowriting d.arc water (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, 2014)
- Merit Award for directing Big Love (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, 2013)
- Merit Award for ensemble work and original creation for Ghosts of Troy (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, 2013)
- Macbeth (Salem State University Theatre, 2017)—Director