Kate Mitchell is a director, choreographer, sculptural couture artist, collagist, and the author of Fashioning Women. Originally a professional dancer in New York, she later founded Kate Mitchell & Dancers in San Francisco. Since then,
she has presented dance/theater performance events at ODC and SOMarts theaters, in Union Square and nearby department stores in San Francisco.
Her collage and couture collections have been featured in gallery shows at DZINE Gallery and the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, and the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA.
Mitchell has just completed GOLDEN, a short dance film. A non-literal narrative, GOLDEN uncovers the independence, intellectual curiosity, and sexual vibrancy hidden within a woman's domestic life. Through dance, the film reveals the possibility of her ageless access to personal power, and affirms the surging resistance to ingrained views of women's sexual status. Now entering the film festival circuit, GOLDEN is currently booked at Austin Dance Festival presents DANCE ON FILM in Austin, TX, and the WRPN Women's International Film Festival.
She has previously presented dance/theater performance events at ODC and SOMarts theaters, in Union Square and nearby department stores in San Francisco, including TERRAIN and Fashioning Women, a faux fashion show premiering the book of the same name. Mitchell's sculptural couture will be featured in "Inside Out: Seeing Through Clothing" at the San Jose (CA) Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 1/19/20-4/12/20. Other collage and couture collections have been featured in gallery shows at DZINE Gallery and the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, and the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA.
All of her works are multidimensional layerings connected by humor, introspection, irony, and passion. “Color and texture, contradictions and incongruities, beauty and strangeness, and the expressive power of the human body all excite me. She frequently collaborates variously with cinematographers, choreographers, composers, costume designers, dancers, lighting designers, and photographers.
Originally a contemporary dancer in NYC, 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. 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."