Kathleen Mason is currently working on a show that opens May 7th at Keegan Theatre in DC called An American Daughter
“I first realized that Theatre might be for me in middle school. It was a simple enough connection: As a child, I loved to dress up and play pretend, with or without other people. I created worlds for my toys, I told stories with friends, and I had a pretty solid box of dress-up clothes and old Halloween costumes to pull from on any given occasion. After a few classes at school and camps during the summer, I got involved in my high school play and that was it.
Theatre guided me through high school and gave me a place to belong. By the time I graduated I was determined to continue my studies in college and ultimately make Acting my profession and life’s work. Now, more than a decade later, a lot has changed for me, and I often feel like I’m forever navigating the waters of adulthood and overall contentment. I think a lot of artists feel this way, and it’s honestly hard not to get disillusioned sometimes. One thing that always brings me back to that place of satisfaction and assurance is a totally immersive, live theatrical experience. I’ll go to the theatre and see a show, and be so utterly moved or touched by it in some way that I can’t help but be reminded of why I must continue to do this. And so I do.
Teaching and Education also became a way to anchor myself to my Art. I’ve found that by sharing my passion with young minds is beyond rewarding, and making that connection with students of all ages is almost sacred. Education is one of the greatest gifts a person can receive, and Arts Education is particularly special because it not only expands the mind, but touches the soul as well. I’m a strong believer in Education being necessary for a deeper and more fulfilling life as opposed to just a means to an end. I also believe in Art for Art’s sake; my education in the Arts has given me plenty of skills that are applicable to other areas of my life, for which I am very grateful, but at the end of the day it’s made me who I am.”
Kathleen Mason (Actor / Teaching Artist) Credits include: Keegan Theatre: An American Daughter (Camera Crew) *Running May 7th-May28th*; ( Pallas Theatre Collective: Code Name: Cynthia (Cora u/s, Ensemble), Major Barbara (Sarah Undershaft), The Fall of the House of Usher (Assistant Director), The Tempest (Stephano), The Comedy of Errors (Duke Solinus); Bucharest Inside the Beltway: Districtland (Random Sleepover Girl); Kaleidoscope Theatre: Kids In Space! (First Mate Kate); Vpstart Crow: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia); Capital Fringe Festival: A Day at the Museum (Melanie), The Blue Lagoon: A Musical (Emmeline). Kathleen is a company member with Now This! Improv, and Pallas Theatre Collective (2016 John Aniello Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company). Film and TV Credits include: Investigation Discovery: House of Horrors: Kidnapped (Nikki Ansley); Atlas District Productions: H Street – Pilot (Cammie); LIV Creations, LLC: The Long-Term Side Effect. (Lei Kelly).
When she is not acting, Kathleen also works as a Teaching Artist in the DC Metro area. She is currently the Education Apprentice at the Round House Theatre for the 2015-2016 Season.