Hello and welcome! Thank you so much for being here and reading this. My name is Katie Pavao and I am a professional actress. I am also a singer, songwriter, director, and playwright. I am 24 years old, still newlywed, and though I have spent my whole life living in sunny California, I recently moved to middle Tennessee. People describe me as:
Driven Sweet Trustworthy Bubbly Enthusiastic Relentlessly Positive
(One friend even said, "Sunshine, rainbows, and glitter!")
Now, I don't know what I think about all of that (although, on a good day you may catch me admitting to a sparkle addiction), but I do know it says a lot about a person how others perceive them. Especially when it comes to acting and collaborating.
My acting career began mid-high school and I can hardly believe it's already been nearing ten years since that first, impressionable moment. I grew up playing softball, so I'm a natural athlete, but I left that for theatre (after playing for nine years). That's what you do when you find what you love. You make it a priority. What I never imagined was that my time in softball would have such an influence on my acting training. But it did. It taught me discipline, technique, leadership, it kept me fit, and it taught me how to be a team-player and look out for the good of the whole. Now, I am entirely an artist. But I am a trained artist, disciplined in my craft, and a collaborator at heart. Unlike some performers, performing isn't my favorite part. I do love it and thoroughly enjoy immersing myself in that aspect of expression. But I love rehearsing. I love being with people, hearing their stories, working with them. I love the process, the journey.
That's why I call myself an encourager. I look for ways to be intentional and inspire others to go after their dreams. Everyone has big dreams, but we all need others to come alongside us and believe in us. There is more than enough love to go around; there's no need for competition.
In December '13, I graduated with my B.A. in Theatre Arts: Performance from California Baptist University. Immediately after that I moved to La Quinta, CA to open my first paying show, a film-noir musical called Nite Club Confidential, with the Desert Rose Playhouse. Since then, I've worked consistently, and have been amazed as opportunity after opportunity has presented itself. Yes, I have actively sought them out. But still, to be fresh out of college and to be able to call myself a professional, I am truly grateful.
Favorite roles to date include (for stage): Inga, The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein; Marcy Park, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Dorothy Flynn, Nite Club Confidential; Suzy Hendrix, Wait Until Dark; Jane Bennet, Pride and Prejudice; Mary (Hatch) Bailey, It's A Wonderful Life, the Musical; Philia, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; Laurey, Oklahoma!; Tansy, The Nerd; (for film): Alice, Concrete Hearts; Amy, Providence; Mckenna, Fool's Paradise; Amy, Unconditional.
I choose roles by three factors: Is the character dynamic? Am I moved by the story? Will it stretch me? I want to do Shakespeare, musicals, and TV/film for the rest of my life.