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Neilsen, Katie

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Katy Neilsen is a local actress/performance artist who has been residing in the Chicago Arts District since October 2006. She moved from Colorado's Rocky Mountains to Chicago in the fall of 2002 to study theatre at Columbia College. Here she earned her BFA in Theatre with a concentration in acting. During this time, Katy appeared in a variety of rolls from a Brechtian whore in The Threepenny Opera to Birdie Hubbard in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. In addition to her theatre credits, Katy has appeared in numerous student films, and was a full-fledged member of Columbia's improv team, You Should Have Been There. She has also created and performed several original performance art pieces both independently, and through Columbia's TicToc Performance Art Festival. Currently, Katy is the admistrative assistant to the artistic director at City Lit Theatre Company where she was recently seen reading excepts from banned books to the public. Katy is a student of the Improv Actors Program at Second City, and she is hoping to be accepted into Steppenwolf's training program.

Today's world is a terrifying place, and it is rapidy becoming more so. As the enviroment worsens and war, sexism, and social inequality rage on, the general public is become more distracted and apathetic. This is what is allowing these terrors to continue. I long to help tansform this apathy; not only bring issues to the forefront of people's minds, but to facilitate their understanding that they can help. I want to communicate the fact that everyday we are on this Earth, we make a difference.

I am a performer, and that is how I want to reach people. To perform is to create an alternate reality into which you invite your audience and communicate to them a concept or idea. The hope is that they will empathize with this concept/idea, and take steps in their own lives to fight for it. I want more than anything to create meaningful work that will inspire and encourage positive thoughts and actions. I am in constant exploration of how to do this.
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