Kate Kohler Amory

Kate Kohler Amory

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: ADM
Phone: 978-542-6486
Email: kate.amory@salemstate.edu
Resume: Kate Kohler Amory [DOCX 36KB]

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
2701 01 THE309 Applied Stage Movement in Performance
2702 01 THE316 Acting II
2703 02 THE316 Acting II

Professional Biography

Kate Kohler Amory is a theater maker: actor, director, choreographer, dancer, writer and teacher. She is Associate Professor of Movement and Acting for Salem State University.  Ms. Amory has performed in an abundance of plays over a 30 year acting career including many off-off and off-Broadway theater productions: The Life of Spiders, and Einstein’s Dreams (Culture Project), Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing (Lincoln Center’s Clark Theater) Refracting Miss Julie (One Arm Red), The Yellow Wallpaper (The Living Theater) and PERSONA (Women’s Center Stage Festival). And in New England: As You Like It, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Dibble Dance (Shakespeare & Company), Sylvia in Sylvia (Salem Summer Theatre), Possible Worlds (Perishable Theater), and Much Ado About Nothing (New England Shakespeare Festival). She has written and performed solo shows including Punk Rock Mother F---ker/The Disidentified Mother (UMASS Amherst) and CounterThrust: The Persistence of Memory (Boulder International Fringe Festival). She can be seen in the films Civil Action, The Autumn Heart and Final Cut.

She is a founding member of Holderness Theater Company (now Battery Factory) where she served as artistic associate, actress, teacher and choreographer. She is also a founding member of Convergences Theater Collective NYC and is Co-Artistic Director of the new SSU alumni created theater company The Ridiculous Project where she performed in The Birds at The Factory Theater Boston and in Romeo and Juliet – a Space Oddity at Salem Arts Festival. 

A frequent teacher and guest artist she has taught in numerous universities including Brandeis University MFA program, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, American Academy of Dramatic Art NYC and Shakespeare & Company. She directed D.arc Water, Big Love, Ghosts of Troy and Comedy of Errors for SSU Theater. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, a Masters from RADA/ Kings College London and BAhons Goldsmiths College, London (BFA equivalent). She is a trained clown, an aerialist, a certified Somatic Movement Educator and master teacher of Grotowski-inspired physical acting under the mentorship of Stephen Wangh.

Professional Interests

I am interested in teaching, researching and performing live theater from a deeply embodied, virtuosic and rigorously joyful place in the body, heart and mind to tell profound stories that need to be told.   

Selected Publications

“Acting for the Twenty-first Century: A Somatic Approach to Contemporary Actor Training” in Perfformio: Journal of the Performing Arts, Volume1, Number 2, 2010


“The Evolution of Acting: An Experiential Anatomy Approach” Guest Speaker for Harvard University, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, May 3, 2010


Selected Presentations

  • Panel Presentation, paper: Vertical Viewpoints, “Circus Arts as Theatrical Arts: Integrating histories, practices, and theories of circus into theatre and performance studies” at ATHE National Conference, Montreal, CA, August 2015


  • Workshop Coordinator and Presenter, “Memory is Imagination in Reverse – Working with Grotowski’s idea of Embodied Memory, ATHE National Conference, Montreal, CA, August 2015


  • Workshop Coordinator and Presenter, “Presence-Image-Action: The role of movement training and somatic work in releasing the actors imagination”, ATHE National Conference, Scottsdale, AZ July 2014


  • Panel Presentation, “The making of Shameless” lecture-demonstration/ performance of an original performance piece at the Salem State University Faculty Research Symposium. May 2014


  • Workshop Leader “Risking Everything” The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival 46, Region I, January 2014


  • Workshop Leader “Theatre in the Extreme” The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival 45, Region I, January 2013


  • Workshop Coordinator and Presenter, “The Systems of the Body as Source for Sensation and Movement” - Experiential Anatomy: Source for Movement, ATHE National Conference, Washington DC August 2012

Personal Interests

I enjoy outdoor activities, contemplative practices, baking and spending time with my sons and dogs.