Katie Issel Pitre is a Berkeley native who recently returned to the Bay Area after 11 years based in Brooklyn. There she worked as a teaching artist in spoken word, devised theatre, mural arts and playwriting throughout the boroughs of New York and New Jersey for Urban Word, Community Word Project, New Victory Theatre, BAM, and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Katie expresses her artistry as a facilitator as she works to bridge the gap between personal and cultural experiences by creating community-building opportunities via the creative process. Her background in dance, voice, theatre and poetry shape her focus as an artist and educator.
Most recently she starred in two short films written and directed by Christopher Wells of Kaleidoscope Pictures called Cynthia and My Fondest which can be found on YouTube. She also participated in an online writing course for women facilitated by Caits Meisner where she produced several new works of poetry. Her writing was featured in a site-specific play series Play/Date, produced by Blake McCarty. As a devising actor she worked with the Trusty Sidekick company, and on two interview theatre pieces, The Class Project, directed by Joe Salvatore, and Layer Cake (actor and writer) performed at the Looking Glass theatre. As a singer in Shell, she wrote and produced an EP. Katie has also performed in multidisciplinary projects featuring her dance training. She designs jewelry for City Seed. Katie holds a MA in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from NYU Steinhardt.