Kate T. (Taney) Billingsley
Acting and Movement
Kate Taney Billingsley is an actor, playwright and teaching-artist based in New York City. She received her B.A. from Emerson College with a major in Acting, along with her M.F.A. from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University with a concentration in Acting, where she is a professor of Improvisational Movement and Basic Acting Technique. Kate is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. Kate's most recent credits include Sylvia in Barefoot, (a play Kate wrote in one evening, which subsequently ran for nine weeks at The Gene Frankel Theater), Yelena in Uncle Vanya (Actors Studio) and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Frog and Peach Theater Company). Kate’s play A Man of His Time, based on the legacy of the Dred Scott Decision, was directed by Estelle Parsons, developed at The Actors Studio and featured in the New York Times. The play is also featured on Playing On Air and stars Sam Waterston and John Douglas Thompson. A Man of His Time was inspiration for Radio Lab’s spinoff show More Perfect episode American Pendulum II. Kate is currently workshopping American Rot (the full-length version of A Man of His Time) at the Actors Studio. Kate Taney Billingsley is one of two recipients of the 2018 Theater Hall of Fame’s Emerging Artist Fellowship and received the National Judicial College’s Award for Justice and Service and the Alex Haley Award for Race and Reconciliation. Kate's latest and greatest creation arrived in July 2020, when her son Oz came into the world. Kate would like to thank fellow Movement Professor, Michael Billingsley for his role in this production.