Exclusive Interview with Actor Singer Kat Kramer
Published: Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Stanley Kramer & Kate Hepburn
Kat Kramer & Dennis Hopper
If there is one thing that Katharine “Kat” Kramer learned from her late father, legendary filmmaker Stanley Kramer, it is to follow her instincts and never give up. Of course, it also helps that she has had other strong influences to guide her, such her mother, Golden Globe-winning actress Karen Sharpe Kramer, and godmother and namesake Katharine Hepburn.
Such distinguished role models have served Kat Kramer well, whether she is acting in a movie, recording an album, or coordinating plans for another installment of “Kat Kramer’s Films That Changed the World,” a screening series that honors filmmakers for raising awareness about important social issues.
As an actress, Kat has appeared in such films as “Going Shopping” and “What Just Happened,” and will soon be seen in “Little Fockers” starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Barbra Streisand, and “Katie Q” with Karen Black.
As a singer, Kat has been busy in the studio finishing an album titled “Gemstone: Kat Kramer Sings Mick Jagger,” which also serves as the basis for a web series she is developing, titled “My Duet With Mick.”
Kat is also the West Coast Representative for the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, and is a partner in KNK Productions, Inc., which is developing several motion picture projects.
A native of Los Angeles, Kat moved with her family to Seattle, Washington, when she was a young child. Her parents moved there, to give her a more “normal” upbringing, but Kat was focused on show business from the very start. She went straight to work as a leading child actress in Seattle theatre, starring as Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” for which she received an award as the Best Supporting actress of the season. She also won raves for the title role in “The Diary Of Anne Frank” and Estella in “Great Expectations.” Likewise, her Saint Joan in “The Lark” was critically acclaimed.
She also appeared in commercials and began singing as a teenager, exploring genres ranging from pop and rock to jazz and musical theatre. She starred in “Judy: A Tribute” and performed with Tuxedo Junction and H.B. Radke and Friends. She shared the stage with Billy Eckstein, Barbara Cook, and Dianne Schuur.
Kat returned to Los Angeles and became the youngest performer to headline at The Cinegrill at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with two one-woman shows: “The Colors Of Myself” and “Kriss Krossing.” She also headlined twice at the Diversity Awards for Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Shirley MacLaine. And she opened for jazz legend Anita O’ Day at The Jazz Bakery and The Viper Room.
Kat Kramer is currently developing a one-woman show. She is also planning a short film, several feature film projects and more screenings in “Kat Kramer’s Films That Changed The World.”
KNK Productions and the Stanley Kramer Library
Interviews is a show on Actors Reporter, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.
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