Catherine Black (she/they) is a Canadian-American acting instructor in Los Angeles and Toronto, a working union actress for 25+ years, a director-writer, and proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, ACTRA, CAEA and the Alliance of Women Directors.
Catherine has been coaching actors of all ages for 20 years in Toronto, Los Angeles and now worldwide thanks to zoom. She has studied various acting techniques in Toronto, Los Angeles and the UK. Having studied “Paradigms” with Stuart Rogers Studios in Los Angeles for ten years, Catherine is a certified teacher with the studio and teaches Paradigms – a comprehensive acting methodology that works with any acting approach to get the circumstances of the story into your body so you can play more freely. Catherine teaches Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Stuart Rogers Studios. She has a continued commitment to inclusion, anti-racism, non-binary acting methods, trauma awareness, consent and mental and physical health considerations in the rehearsal process. Catherine is devoted to their evolution as an educator – to continue to learn how to best serve all actors while creating safe spaces for actors to be their most creative. Cat loves teaching Paradigms most of all because it is an intuitive acting process that takes actors from an objective point of view about a character to a first person experience of a life. Paradigms is ever evolving, so it’s always inspiring. They have great insight, but Catherine’s real gift as a teacher is teaching with heart and making sure everyone feels that they belong.
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Catherine Black (AKA Cat Black) is an award winning Canadian-American director-writer, actress, visual artist and acting teacher in Los Angeles and Toronto. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, ACTRA, CAEA and AWD.
Having studied various acting techniques in Toronto, Los Angeles and the UK, Catherine has a passion for the craft of acting, actors and breaking down a script so each role best serves the story and authentically comes to life, and has been coaching actors for 20 years. Catherine is a certified acting instructor with Stuart Rogers Studio and the author of Actors Direct (themselves) – a directing class for actors. Catherine saw a great need for actors to create their own work and empower themselves by creating their dream role. Catherine often directs herself in her own projects and is most interested in artists who do the same.
Catherine’s first major role was at 16 as Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET directed by Lewis Baumander in Toronto. Catherine has gone on to perform in many award winning theatre productions over the years, but is most proud of starring in Hrant Alianak’s original play, WALLS OF AFRICA, which Won 9 Dora Awards. In Film/TV Catherine is best known for her role as Vanden in AMERICAN PSYCHO, performing with Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon, and starring with Crispin Glover in THE DONNER PARTY (Showtime). She also stars in many Indie features and has booked countless guest starring roles, such as ODYSSEY 5 (SyFy), BLUE MURDER (GLOBAL TV/CTV), I LOVE MUMMY (BBC) and PLAYING HOUSE (NBC/USA). Most recently, Catherine has been cast in a guest starring role of season two Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2023), a supporting role in the feature film Debt Collectors (2020) and a lead role in the comedy feature Bittersweet (2023). At the beginning of 2020, Catherine had the privilege of playing Anne Frank in And Then They Came For Me directed by Abigail Deser with MainStreet Theatre which WON the LA Ovation award for Best Production of a Large Theatre.
Catherine’s extensive practice as an actor and artist has rooted her vision in filmmaking. Known for her strong use of color and bold imagery. Catherine is a proud member of the Alliance of Women Directors. The first five directors Catherine worked with were visionary women like Mary Harron and Amy Heckerling – inspiring her to direct one day. She was lucky to shadow many talented directors early in her career, and went on to produce commercials, award winning short films and music videos. Catherine wrote and directed the ‘sexy and surreal’ film, DE PUTA MADRE A LOVE STORY that WON Catherine Best Director (London IFF), Best Lead Actress (Madrid IFF), and Best Cinematography (Columbia Gorge IFF) along with multiple Jury Awards, Special Mentions and nominations Internationally. Catherine also wrote and directed GIRL TRIP, a dark comedy that took home five prestigious awards and acquired Worldwide distribution on various platforms. Most recently, Catherine was hired to direct LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED that premiered at the 39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and WON Best Drama at 2021 Rock The Shorts Film Festival and is shortlisted to direct multiple upcoming projects.
Catherine divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles, creating complex female characters, and always working on various projects for both markets, as a director-writer and actor.