Performing

 

I am a stage and screen actress and classically trained singer (three octaves, to high C) with a choral and acoustic singer-songwriter past. I currently play the dowager character in the first-ever revival of the Marx Brothers’ first, never-filmed Broadway musical, I’ll Say She Is.


My first film role was in Jonathan Caouette’s Walk Away Renee, which was a Critic’s Pick at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It had its North American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts in June 2012. Look for it in an art house near you (it’s being distributed by Sundance Select), or watch it online.


In 2012 I wrapped my first major role, in the indie horror film Bag Boy Lover Boy, which has been winning acclaim at festivals around the world.  I play a pie-toting diner waitress in the surprisingly clever slasher feature Kids Get Dead Part II: The Kids Get Deader. I have also shot a dozen indie shorts.


On TV I have played the unbelievably unattractive lunch lady in the Century 21 Department Stores back-to-school commercial running in the NYC area. (Getting “Is that YOU?!?” messages has been really fun!) I’m also real-life evil mom Lori in the “Bullied to Death” episode of Frenemies on Discovery ID.


I am the homeless woman at the rear of the tiny audience in Dee Snider’s Mack The Knife video. Shots of my flashing Dee did not make it to the final edit, which leaves me equal parts disappointed and relieved.


My IMDB.com page


Other videos:   My demo reel

                        NYC Dining Secrets:  Stone Street

                        And my Professional Aquarian YouTube channel


Stage roles run to the alternative, obscure and self-amusing, with a few forays into the mainstream -- Jo Strong in the NJ premiere of Urinetown, Sister Hubert (huh?!?) in Nunsense, Mae Peterson (Bye Bye Birdie) and Mabel (Pajama Game), the last two at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center -- and a couple of Del Shores’ characters with the Texas accent I never had when I lived in that state. I was apparently born to play Durang; some of my happiest moments in recent years have involved crouching in a trash can and declaiming nonsense.


My one-woman cabaret show

Venus Rising ... and Tripping: Songs of Love & Confusion


A tour of modern romance led by actress-singer Kathy Biehl. Using the American songbook, obscure gems and her trademark wit, Biehl explores relationships in a landscape of crossed wires, ambivalence and gay men.


“a tour de force of the heart”

“I don’t know whether you are a gift from the universe or a gift to the universe”

“whimsical and poignant and so entertaining”

“I could have listened to you tell stories for another hour”


Spoken Word Recordings

are at EmpowermentUnlimited.net


Collaborations


Lady & The Mant, with Rick Mantler

The outgrowth of a Rude Dinner Theater sketch (KTEL Presents Robin Gibb and Yoko Ono), Negra Modelo-fueled, late-night explorations of my sheet music collection, and a gleeful, willful snapping of the brake lines on musical propriety.




                                                        Our only recording is perhaps the most aptly named ever.

                                                        Two guitars. One keyboard. No sense. Or: 

                                                        One keyboard. Two guitars. Infinite irritainment.

                                                        Either way, it’s "Inexcusable!"  Not surprisingly, copies are still available.






The Mike & Kathy Show, with John-Michael Albert

My range is three octaves, Mike’s baritone to counter-tenor. Where they overlap (about two octaves), they could, at times, be the same voice. Repertoire spanning early music, medieval and classical opera, Lieder, operetta, early American musical theater (the more obscure, the better), contemporary consciousness-raising works and Mike’s own compositions. In our decade together, we never bombed. Ever.


Recordings:

















The Magic Music Makes

Modern medieval folk cabaret, and available from CDBaby.

    Schubertiad, with Frank Morales, baritone,     

    and Robert Fazakerly, piano. Lots of copies    

    left on cassette; email me if you’re interested (or 

    have an argument for transferring this to digital.)

No idea what (a) Mike’s doing or (b) we’re singing. I do know this program featured “La Cie Da Rem” and tossing condoms into the audience. Talk about a crowd pleaser.