Kate Peckham
Director of Education

Kate Peckham has been a professional theatre artist for over 30 years. She is a teacher, coach and director as well as an award-winning actor who has appeared in over 100 stage productions in Detroit, Los Angeles and San Antonio as well as films and commercials.

She has been an acting teacher and coach since 2000. She began teaching with Anthony Meindl's Actors' Lab in Los Angeles. As the Director of Acting Programs and Co-Artistic Director at Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit (2003-2006 and again from 2007-2010) her directing credits include the world premiere of "Sing Jubilee: The Story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers" by OyamO.

Many of Kate's former Mosaic acting company members were accepted to prestigious drama programs such as SUNY- Purchase, Carnegie- Mellon, DePaul, NYU, University of Minnesota, Howard University as well as all of the major universities in Michigan.

At the Michigan Actors Studio, Kate teaches all levels of acting from Introduction to Acting for beginners through Advanced Scene Study. Many of her MAS students have gone on to success in the film, television and theatre industries here in Detroit as well as in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.  She has former students on Broadway, on television, in video games, voice over and starring in and producing their own films. One of her former students is now a teacher here at the studio.

Kate works as an acting coach with private students and continues to direct. She most recently directed "A Doll's House Part 2" at Tipping Point Theatre in Northville. Favorite credits from her career include directing “Waking the Witch (Planet Ant), “Beyond Therapy” (Detroit Ensemble Theatre) and “The Empire Builders” at her alma mater, The Theatre Co. at the University of Detroit-Mercy. "Proof", alongside her husband,(Tipping Point), "And the Creek Don't Rise" (Williamston Theatre), Jeannie in “Hair” at the Strand Theatre in Pontiac and “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at the Actors Rep in San Antonio (For which she won a Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress) are some of her favorite acting roles.

Kate is also proud to be a 2009 Community Arts Leadership Academy (CALA) Fellow sponsored by ArtServe Michigan. She was one of twenty community leaders from across the state who were selected based on their experience and ongoing dedication to community arts programs in their respective regions.

Kate is currently the Director of Education and lead instructor for Michigan Actors Studio where her talent, skills and passion inform the curriculum, programming and student experience. She is also a dork for acting.

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