Kat J. Sullivan is a dancer, choreographer, and writer currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Starting at the age of 13, she received her early dance training in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, and contemporary dance at Dance For Joy in Brielle, New Jersey. Kat performed with A Step Above Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Kimberly Houli and Coreen Ward, for four years.
Kat graduated with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College in May of 2014. During her years of undergraduate study, she was fortunate to study under Lynn Matluck Brooks, Pamela Vail, and Jennifer Conley, as well as many other guest artists. She performed with the Franklin & Marshall Dance Company all four years, which included both faculty and students works, in addition to reconstructions of Martha Graham's Celebration and Mark Morris' Polka. Kat also practiced, performed, and lead the campus' compositional improvisation ensemble, Just Say Yes. During her third year, she studied in Prague in the abroad program SIT Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change, where she took classes in dance/physical theater, Czech history and literature, anthropological field work, and the Czech language. Upon her commencement from F&M, Kat had received a Hackman Summer Study Scholarship to research the teaching and experience of compositional improvisation with Pamela Vail, as well as the Excellence in Choreography Award.
Since moving to Philadelphia in July 2014, Kat has been performing and creating work regularly. She has performed with companies such as Trio C, SKI BALL, Antonia & Artists, Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Co., and <fidget>. Kat has also collaborated and performed the work of independent artists including Sean Thomas Boyt, Meredith Stapleton, and Evalina Carbonell. Kat has performed and shown work throughout Pennsylvania and New York; notably, in Koresh's Come Together Festival (PHL), the Philly Fringe Festival (PHL), and the Triskelion Arts Comedy in Dance Festival (NYC). Her summers have continued to include studies at the Movement Intensive for Compositional Improvisation (MICI) with The Architects in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater Summer Intensive in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kat is proud to have successfully choreographed for, danced in, and produced two Fringe Festival performances in 2015 and 2016: Traces of She and wise norlina, respectively.
Kat has taught several master classes for the dance company at her alma mater. She was on adjunct faculty at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance during the 2015-2016 academic year and has taught ballet at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts’ Center for Dance. She co-facilitates a monthly compositional improvisation lab with artists Loren Groenendaal and Curt Haworth. In June 2019, she produced, taught, and performed in Dissolving Doors: a Dance Festival in Compositional Improvisation with Groenendaal and Haworth at Mascher Space Cooperative. Other faculty members included Kathryn Butler, Allison Knuth, and The Lovelies, all NYC-based artists.
In addition to ongoing rehearsals, performances, and projects, Kat works as a writer, editor, communications team member, Intersectionality Network member, and board member for thINKingDANCE. She also writes for Broad Street Review. Her writing is published regularly on tD, BSR, and has been featured on CurateThis. Her other artistic endeavors and collaborations include an ongoing photography + dance project with photographer Paul H Taylor and various pick-up projects with other artists in Philadelphia.
For a complete CV, see here.
Kat’s work has been generously supported by the Penn Treaty Special Services District.