Kate Smith – Producer
Kate is a singer, performer and producer from the United States. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Film Theory from Columbia University, and studied Mandarin at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She is passionate about embracing the voice and body as a versatile tool for authentic expression, and thus has traced her own path through and between many musical genres including classical, music theatre, cabaret, jazz, pop, folk and improvisation. She moved to London in 2014 to study classical voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is currently earning her Masters in Leadership, focusing on inter-arts collaboration and workshop facilitation.
Kate is an experienced choral singer and soloist; her solo choral repertoire include Stravinsky’s Les Noces (Barnard Columbia Chorus) and Handel’s Messiah (Beijing IFC). Kate’s first dive into opera came with Re:Sound’s recent production of Midnight Stories in which she sang the role of Thousand Furs. Since then she has sung the role of Angele in Kurt Weill’s opera buffa The Tsar Wants his Photograph Taken (Bloomsbury Theatre, London).
Essential to Kate’s practice is her work producing and performing her own cross-arts cabarets combining elements of history, art and theatre. Kate produced her first cabaret in 2011 with Lolo and the Midnight Cabaret at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, New York. Upon moving to Beijing, she began creating immersive music theatre experiences exploring the decadence of the Weimar era with Vamps.Vixens.Weimar, and the hybridization of American jazz and traditional Chinese music of 1920s Shanghai with Siren.Seductress.Shanghai. Her largest adventure to date has been Songs from the Labyrinth, in which she staged a selection of classical repertoire, ranging from Gesualdo, to Faure, to Stravinsky, inside a converted Chinese factory, with aerial dance, roving choir, butoh, and more.
Kate is passionate about using music and arts to connect people across cultures, generations, and backgrounds. She was a part-time administrator for The International Vocal Arts Workshop in Groznjan, Croatia, in which participants studied singing, puppetry and street theatre. She was co-founder of Compass World Arts, a world music camp in Yunnan China in the summer of 2015. She is currently laying the groundwork to launch further international camps and residencies aimed at fostering connection, communication and creativity.