Specialist in Meisner Acting Technique
Education: M.F.A., Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts
Office: SB 231
Kathryn Gately is the head of the MFA program at NIU. She studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. She has taught extensively in America, and in Europe at the Abbey Theatre and at the Gaiety School. She received her MFA in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts under William Esper, with whom she eventually co-taught the BFA and MFA acting candidates. She co-founded the Gately/Poole Studio in New York City on off-Broadway’s Theatre Row, which grew into one of the leading two-year acting programs in the U.S. Ms. Gately has also developed the very successful Acting Intensive, held in alliance with Innovative Agency.
Ms. Gately’s alumni include James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Kurt Sutter (The Shield), Amanda Seyfried (Mama Mia, Mean Girls, Big Love), Justin Bruening (Knight Rider), Justin Mentell (Boston Legal), Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Roger Bart (Tony Winner), Jordan Baker (original Broadway cast member of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women), and Joel Huff (Joseph Jefferson Award nominee 2008), among others. Her students have consistently been nominated for or received such awards as the Cannes Film Festival’s Palm, the Golden Globe, the Emmy, the Ace, the Obie, the Tony, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the Joseph Jefferson, the Dramalogue, and the Pulitzer Prize.
Ms. Gately has coached the international world premiers of Sins of the Fathers in Dublin, Ireland, and NIU’s production of The Birds at Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. She has also coached extensively in film and television and on Broadway, and served as an artistic advisor to producer Kevin Goetz for the film Wild Iris starring Gena Rowlands and Laura Linney (Emmy winner). Ms.Gately has been on the Board of Directors for The Nat Horne Theatre in New York City, and served as the head of the Undergraduate Division of the Illinois Theatre Association. She has been featured in interviews on NBC’s Extra and in People magazine. She was featured in the recent book Acting Teachers of America: A Vital Tradition, by Ronald Rand and Luigi Scorcia.