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at Santa Cruz Shakespeare


Directed by Paul Mullins

Kate plays Hamlet who is upset by the death of her father and the hasty remarriage of her mother, Queen Gertrude, to her uncle Claudius, is set on a collision course with self-doubt when her father’s ghost demands that Hamlet avenge his death. Murder, madness, duels, and dilemmas abound in Shakespeare’s transcendent and most iconic tragedy.


In repertory with

A Midsummer Night's Dream

at Santa Cruz Shakespeare

directed by Terri McMahon

Kate plays Penny Quince, stalwart leader and fledgling director of the Mechanicals in this, Shakespeare's best loved comedy.




at Studio Theatre

September 30 through October 25 2015 

a world premiere and part of DC's Women's Voices Festival 

by Clare Lizzimore

directed by GT Upchurch

Kate plays Rachel who has it all: marriage, house, career.  So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls…? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. But then the visions start. Apparitions of doubts, past decisions, future mistakes. Is it time for Xanax? Prozac? Or perhaps she just needs to forget it all, follow her instinct, and kiss a stranger. A darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.



Jan 27- March 8 2015

At the Folger Shakespeare Library


By Peter Oswald

Directed by Richard Clifford


Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, (aka- Kate Eastwood Norris) has been imprisoned under charges of attempted regicide. Her captor and cousin Queen Elizabeth I cannot bring herself to sign the death decree. In a society where woman are considered inferior, these two queens charged with ruling as kings, battle sexism, greed, lust, and climactically, each other.

Peter Oswald’s bold new translation of Schiller’s vivid re-imagining breathes life into a Tudor world flush with subterfuge and revenge—and ruled by two extraordinary women.


World Premiere August 2013
Remount in August 2014 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Touring production in January 2016 at Syracuse Stage and in February 2016 at Portland Center Stage
By Aaron Posner
directed By Howard Shalwitz
Helen Hayes Award Fiesta!!!
Stupid Fucking Bird swept the recent 2014 nominations with 8 noms including one for Kate as Outstanding Supporting Actress
The show WON Best Play and Best New Play! Yay Team!
An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star (Kate?!? What?!? Aging?!?) for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be.

In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, award-winning playwright Aaron Posner wages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs composed by James Sugg to match Aaron Posner's lyrics draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov's characters explicitly to the surface.


February 1 — March 16 2014
In the Ellyn Bye Studio at Portland Center Stage

By Elizabeth Heffron
Directed by Gretchen Corbett
Favorite from JAW 2012

Life’s not easy for Bo-Nita. It never is for a 13-year-old, but especially one who winds up with a dead, semi-ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos and a dash of midwest magical realism, Bo-Nita follows a mother and daughter’s journey through a working-class America of dwindling resources, and the lengths they must go to stay together and keep their beat alive.

Portland loves storytelling, from The Moth and This American Life on OPB, to Back Fence PDX and local readings of Mortified. Bo-Nita fits that Portland ethos perfectly. It’s as if Bo-Nita is answering the question “what was the most outrageous day of your life?” with a hilarious—and heartbreaking—worst/best-day-of-your-life story.

Kate played Bo-Nita and six other people in this solo performance!