Kate Mitchell is a filmmaker, director, choreographer, sculptural couture artist, collagist, and the author of Fashioning Women.
She completed her first film, GOLDEN, in September of 2019, which has been seen in festivals in the United States, Canada, Europe, UK, South America, and Australia. Please visit the Events page for festival details.
Originally a contemporary dancer in New York, she later founded Kate Mitchell & Dancers in San Francisco. She has presented dance/theater performance events at ODC and SOMarts theaters, in Union Square and nearby department stores
in San Francisco, including TERRAIN, Fashioning Women, SPIRIT HOUSE, CHOCOLATE BOX, THREADS, and FASHIONING WOMEN, a dance/theater/fashion show event premiering the eponymous book.
In 2020, Mitchell's sculptural couture was featured in "Inside Out: Seeing Through Clothing" at the San Jose (CA) Museum
of Quilts and Textiles, Her collage and couture collections have appeared in gallery shows at DZINE Gallery and the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA, and the Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Berkeley, CA.
All of her works are multidimensional layerings connected by humor, introspection, irony, and passion. “Color and texture, beauty and strangeness, and the expressive power of the human body all excite me, and shape my passion for expressing the contradictions and incongruities of growing up female." She frequently collaborates variously with cinematographers, choreographers, composers, costume designers, dancers, lighting designers, and photographers.
Mitchell is a graduate of New York’s High School of Performing Arts (now La Guardia School of the Arts), holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University, and an MA in Dance from UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, and completed fashion and design courses at Parsons School of Design, New York City, and Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA. SF Weekly named her a “San Francisco Mastermind” in 2010. Reviewing her book, Fashioning Women, the San Francisco Examiner wrote, “If designer Jean Paul Gaultier and feminist leader Gloria Steinem had a lovechild- wrap your head around that one for a moment- she might have turned out like Kate Mitchell."