Cate Alston is a New York City Actress, who recently graduated from the University at Albany where she earned a B.A in Theatre and Psychology. During her time at UAlbany, Cate performed as integral characters, such as Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream - 2020) and Esther Mills (Intimate Apparel - 2019), in numerous main-stage productions. With exposure to different aspects of theatre, Cate also discovered her passion for Costume Design, working on several department-curated and independent projects.
Cate’s earlier education includes extensive training from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, where she worked with Meisner-descended professors, such as Gary Kingston. She also attended Talent Unlimited High School, where she studied musical theatre.
Most recently, Cate has been working with WAM Theatre as an Artistic Apprentice for their 2020 season. She Assistant Directed and performed as Roxy in WAM’s online production of ROE by Lisa Loomer. She also Assistant Directed and Costume Designed their online production of The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa Fasthorse. She has since taken an Artistic Assistant position with WAM for their 2021 season.
For pleasure, Cate enjoys immersing herself in different cultures through travel. Past trips she's organized have been to Canada, England, and France. Cate looks forward to expanding her travels to countries, such as Morocco, India, and the Netherlands.
My initial attraction to theatre was the freedom it gave me. I was able to transform onstage, which was something I couldn’t do in my everyday life. It was exhilarating. I still enjoy this aspect of theatre but as I have matured, I acknowledge the greater responsibility that theatre brings to the world. I believe the point of theatre has always been to reflect the human experience, but its social and political influence is what anchored me to the art form.
My work centers on navigating the relationship between people, unpacking, repacking, and sharing the experiences we accumulate from life. With this transient lifetime, I choose to live with empathy, take care of people, and build connections.