Kat Shepherd

Kat Shepherd is a working actor, currently active in Washington DC and Virginia. Click here to view her acting resume and headshot. You can also directly contact her here. Some recent roles are showcased below.

Professional representation: Paige Gold, Triple Threat Talent

The Fortune Hunters

In summer 2018 I’ll be playing the rich part of “Lady Bountiful” in the Players Theater’s “The Fortune Hunters,” a new adaptation of the classic comedy The Beaux‘ Stratagem, by John Farquhar. More information (and eventually tickets!) at http://www.westmorelandplayers.org/the-fortune-hunters.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Excited about appearing in the upcoming Director’s Showcase of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at Player’s Theater! Adapted for the stage by Todd Kreidler from the Oscar-winning screenplay by William Rose. Tickets and more info at http://www.westmorelandplayers.org/guess-whos-coming-to-dinner.     Reminder of the classic 1967 film:

I Am a Camera

August 5-20, 2017: I played the role of “Mummy,” or “Mrs. Watson-Courtneidge,” the mother of leading character Sally Bowles in the Westmoreland Players production of “I Am a Camera.” The original 1951 Broadway play by John Van Druten is adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin, and treats the human and social costs of looming… Continue reading I Am a Camera

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version)

There are comedic roles I was born to play. In May 2017 I played the role I think is at the top of that list: Florence Unger, in Neil Simon’s female version of his classic The Odd Couple, at the Northern Neck’s Westmoreland Players Theater and directed by Tommy Neuman. Another veteran local actress, Linda Stough, played… Continue reading Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version)

12 Angry Jurors

May 2016: I played “Juror #2” in Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Jurors, at Washington DC’s St. Marks Players Theatre – the classic courtroom drama, performed on Capitol Hill in the shadow of the U.S. Supreme Court. Many remember it from the Academy Award Best Picture nominated film from 1957 (starring Henry Fonda), and the original… Continue reading 12 Angry Jurors

Harold Pinter’s Betrayal in Workshop

Sep – Dec 2015: I was accepted as a student in DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company series of classes on advanced topics for working actors. In my Advanced Scene Studies workshop I performed the lead role of Emma in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

August 2015: I had a principal role in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” at Lancaster Players Theater, the acclaimed play by Nora & Delia Ephron based on the international best-selling book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. The emotionally-charged play features five women who share deep life lessons through a series of rotating monologues.

The Sorceress in Snow White

June 2015: I danced as “The Sorceress” in The Northern Neck Performing Arts Foundation Ballet Company’s Snow White. This amateur ballet company stages two major productions each year, with a focus on traditional Russian classical ballet.

The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church

March 2015: I starred as Janet Murchison in “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church.” The play (written by Richmond’s Bo Wilson and premiered there in 2014) featured a quintet of talented actresses at Lancaster Players Theater.  

The Nutcracker

January 2015: I danced in The Nutcracker as “Frau Stahlbaum,” in the Richmond-Essex Ballet / Shenandoah Ballet collaborative production during the holiday season.

One-Woman Show: The Belle of Amherst

September 2014: I starred as Emily Dickinson in a production of William Luce’s award-winning one-woman show “The Belle of Amherst” (for which Julie Harris won the Tony for Best Actress on Broadway in 1976). The innovative production, with noted Washington DC director Kenneth Baker, opened in Virginia at Lancaster Players Theater and toured in a run at… Continue reading One-Woman Show: The Belle of Amherst

Fraught with Danger

April 2014: I starred in Richmond, Virginia in the Bifocals Theater production of Janet Chenoweth’s comedy Fraught with Danger, which opened at the Virginia Repertory Theater before going on tour across central Virginia.

Getting Away with Murder

March 2014: I played a neurotically depressed, suicidal professor in Stephen Sondheim’s Getting Away with Murder and garnered the lead mention in an ecstatic review: “The entire large cast is spot-on with their performances although several stand out. Kathryn Ballentine Shepherd’s mousy near-hysteric must have done her research in a hysterics’ ward at a mental… Continue reading Getting Away with Murder

Becky’s New Car

In October 2013, I played the tragi-comic character of Ginger in Becky’s New Car, by noted playwright Steven Dietz, at The Lancaster Players Theatre in White Stone, Virginia. The show sold-out every performance for a month. The Middle Neck News reviewed it as “a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp.”

The Rainmaker

In August 2013, I starred as Lizzie Curry (an Academy-Award-nominated role for Katharine Hepburn in the 1956 film) in The Rainmaker, at The Players Theatre in Callao, Virginia. The show ran to sold-out audiences and standing ovations. One reviewer wrote: “The daughter, Lizzie, played by Kathryn Shepherd, is wonderfully fragile, alternating between acceptance of her fate… Continue reading The Rainmaker

Sonia Flew, in Workshop

In the summer of 2013, I studied under the Richmond acting coach Chanelle Vigue (adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University) in an advanced scene studies class, during which I performed a confrontational scene from the play Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez, at the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond.    

Neil Simon’s Rumors

In April-May 2013, I starred in Neil Simon’s only farce, Rumors, with the Westmoreland Players. I played the lead Chris Gorman (a Tony-winning role on Broadway for Christine Baranski in the original production) with sold-out shows, standing ovations, and great reviews.

A Christmas Carol

In November-December 2012, I played a dual role in the musical “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” with the Westmoreland Players. I played Belle and Gentlewoman, in a production which sold out every performance (including added performances), and garnered standing ovations and wonderful reviews.

Loathe at First Sight

In March 2012, I played a leading role “Marie” in Richmond’s Barksdale Theater production of a new play by Pat Walker, “Loathe at First Sight,” including the traveling Bifocals Theater performances.

Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys

In August 2011, I played Bonnie Silverman in the Westmoreland Players production of Neil Simon’s classic Broadway hit, The Sunshine Boys.