FOUNDER & ARTIST DIRECTOR
Kate founded the award-winning The Neo-Political Cowgirls in 2007 to help fill the dearth of opportunities for and stories from the perspectives of women on our theater landscape. She conceives, choreographs and directs new, site-specific dance theater that is “Mind-bending, gorgeous, provocative and wild” in execution. Kate is an Equity actor, a proud Board Member and Officer Emeritus for The League of Professional Theatre Women, and co-founder of The East Hampton Arts Council.
Kate has worked as actor/director/ choreographer with such luminaries as Blythe Danner, Cathy Curtin, Aida Turturro, Tony Walton, Peter Boyle, Lizzie Larsen, Laura Gomez, Florencia Lozano and more. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Bay Street Theater and The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall as well as on stages in NYC, Chicago, Boston, and abroad. In 2017 she worked side by side with her director husband Josh Gladstone to create a run of a post-punk Romeo and Juliet where she played a ribald Nurse and choreographed popping stylized dance and movement for the adventurous interpretation at The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall. Favorite acting roles include Lady M, Varya, and Mrs. Wadhurst in Tonight at 8:30 with Blythe Danner. Latest film work- acting in and choreographing Josh Klausner’s award-winning feature WANDERLAND.
History of new works for NPC includes HYSTERIA, BAUBO, Wody Girtch Mama, Trojan Women Redux, ZIMA!, VOYEUR, EVE, B(e)RD and countless one- offs. Most recent devised work- HYSTERIA, a “surround fear experience” played to East End audiences as well as attendees at The Old South Church in Boston fall of 2019. EVE, a 13-room, immersive experience, enjoyed two seasons in the Hamptons then an Off-Broadway run in the fall of 2015 at The Gym at Judson. VOYEUR made its European debut in Berlin in July of 2015. Kate directed a world-wide troupe of rock musicians in a bioethics examination rock opera, Playing God, in Helsinki in 2016 which had its American debut at The Danny Kaye Theater in New York. In 2017 she worked in collaboration with the Helsinki-based theater company Taiteen Sulattamo to create 100 Women, a theater production bringing professional performers together with women dealing with mental illness. The summers of 2016/17 her production of ANDROMEDA, a “Myth for the masses,"Gave voice to the universal refugee," (East End Beacon) in its performance in the hills of Montauk out under the stars. The summer of 2018 she debuted her newest work, BAUBO, with NPC and Only Child, a NYC-based aerialist company.
Kate has a lengthy biography in theater arts teaching and curriculum building over the past 30 years. Her work in conceiving, developing, directing and teaching the theater arts programs January Girls, Young Cowgirls, Dude’s Eye View, Girls’ Gaze, Word Of Girl and Project Hero continue to annually serve and empower our community’s youth, at-risk, and marginalized populations. Kate furthers her passion for Arts Education by training with the prestigious Arts Leadership program at Lincoln Center and she spent a year training with Jacob’s Pillow in their celebrated Curriculums In Motion program and now serves on their Advisory Board. She directed the first outdoor production in Herrick Park in East Hampton Village with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, followed by a newly devised workshop production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Mulford Farm in the summer of 2022. That production will be staged at HERE Arts Center in NYC spring of 2023.
She is mother to August Gladstone, a 2022 graduate of Emerson College now working at the prestigious 3Arts Entertainment in Los Angeles and is wife and collaborator to the talented Josh Gladstone. Kate splits her time with work between East Hampton, NYC, nationally and internationally. The Neo-Political Cowgirls are professional wild dance theater and arts education outreach- a powerful marriage of Arts and Advocacy.
Susanne Kelly Is an executive with strong creative roots and boundless energy. With an over 20 year career nurturing talent, branding companies and connecting the right people with the right projects in commercial production - she spent her time in NY and LA helping Directors, editors, vfx artists, and musicians land projects while leading and growing boutique production companies.she also writes, paints and can crush any puzzle - literally and figuratively.
Susanne is a natural connector and producer. After living here seasonally for 8 years and now as a full time local Susanne has spent her time working with HIFF, Sag Harbor Cinema and serves as the South Fork Cultural Editor for the new cultural and experience app Tape.
As a gala committee member for our (/the) 6th Annual Andromeda Sisters event, Susanne brought in our moderator who is the Executive Director of FREE THE WORK and the singular Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awardee for 2022 - - as well as our catering from Pure Grit, a killer female owned vegan BBQ restaurant in New York City.
Holly is a UK based actor and producer. She has has been working with the Neo-Political Cowgirls for over 5 years on multiple productions including; “EVE”, “Hysteria”, “B(ə)rd,” “Andromeda” and countless others. Her favourite TV and film credits include: Cassette, The Audition, BBC's MIHigh and The Crash, Pokerface, The Appointment, Playtime, Etoile, No Mean City, Written and Transette Care. Her theatre background includes; 'Traveling While Black', ‘Gruff’, ’Nice T!ts’, ‘The Underpants’, ’A View from the Bridge’, 'Kiss Me Kate', ‘Old Haunts’ and ‘Annie’. She has most recently finished filming for Alan Moore’s The Show.
See more at www.HollyBethGourlay.com
CHAMALLIE LAVIDA SINGH
DEI OUTREACH ASSOCIATE
Chamallie Lavida Singh is a New York-based artist who received her BA in Theatre Arts and Political Science. She is an actress, singer-songwriter, producer and director. She has collaborated and created independent projects in film and theatre.
Her theatre credits include performing in the devised play Who Could Have Predicted?based on the impact of COVID 19 on communities of color. Also, she directed Jitney,Arms and the Manand a student One-Act play festival, Elite, produced at City College of New York. In addition, she worked as an actress and writer for the short independent film Unspeakable.
As an artist, she is dedicated to using theatre as a platform to facilitate community-driven change to highlight and provoke consciousness around injustices that plague our society and environment. She believes in cultivating her personal experience as an activist and utilizing it to create music and stories to bring life to the world through theatre and film.
is an actress who has worked in film, TV and on stage. Latest work: The Yeats Game, which explored the ideas of marriage and the struggle with one’s own identity. Favorite roles include: Club from The Vagina Monologues/MMRP, at The Snapple Theater; Lyubov in The Cherry Orchard; Mrs. S in Making Movies; and Karen in A Dawn In Winter. Moving to East Hampton has brought Susan the opportunity to work with Kate Mueth and NPC as a producer, actress, as well as participation in new play readings at Stony Brook.