Kate Mitchell is a filmmaker, director, choreographer, sculptural couture artist, collagist, and the author of Fashioning Women.
She has just completed GOLDEN, a 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 uncovers her ageless access to personal power, and affirms the surging resistance to ingrained views of women's sexual status. In all, GOLDEN is a unique alchemy- from drudgery to sparkling beauty. GOLDEN has been shown at 30 festivals around the United States, Europe,
South America and Australia, and won nine awards. Please visit the Events page for more 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 and Fashioning Women, a faux fashion show 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, and 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, cum laude, from Yale University, and an MA in Dance from UCLA, 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."