FULL BIO: KAT AGUDO
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Kat Agudo (Filipino-American, she/they) grew up on the intersection of New Jersey private school inflexibility and Texan yee'-haw "otherness" rebellion.
From unknowingly wearing Trump kids' hand-me-downs as a child to eating all the frosting off chocolate donuts before throwing them at family members, life was never dull. They listened to Lea Salonga in their mother's womb, and grew up watching South Park, My Fair Lady, and reading too much Harry Potter fanfiction. They wrote their first original novel at 14, and their poetry was published in a Youth Voices in Ink before she graduated middle school under the supervision of the Badgerdog literary program.
They attended Akins Early College High School with an emphasis on Education, and interned at Paredes Middle School where she helped facilitate 8th Grade English with their mentor, writer Celeste Hollister. Their theatre journey for four years culminated into the staged reading of an original collaborative work "Cross My Heart," a play with integrated personal narratives about teen suicide and prevention.
During her time at The University of Texas at Austin, she pursued degrees in both Literature and Anthropology with a European Studies certificate for Italian. Supported by the Creative Arts and Theatre organization under University Unions, four full-length works of hers were produced which included an original musical (How To Be Super, co-written with Sandy Lam and Sami Marcoux), a partially improvized murder mystery dinner ('Til Death Do Us Part), a Taylor Swift Jukebox tribute musical (Red Hot Collegiate Summer), and a post-graduate Medieval Dinner comedy called "Dreams Come True" which for its three days of its run sold out more than a thousand tickets. During this time, they were also published in Nocturnal Literary Journal three times for their non-fiction prose.
She also must credit The Bagunte Project (Archaeology Field School, Vilo Do Conde, Portugal), The Rome Study Program (Rome, Italy - Language and Culture), and The Shakespeare at Winedale Program (Austin and Dallas, TX, Staunton, VA) for further inspiration of her writing.
It was during their time at The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, NYC where they honed in on their creative voice and purpose: redefining classics, starting conversations about mental illness, expressing non-binary gender and queerness, making a place for Filipino-American creatives, and writing comedies about isolationism and loneliness under the mentorship of Edward Allan Baker and Clay McCleod Chapman. They've also read their work at Poets House NYC (Winter Tangerine workshop) and was published by Rigorous Literary Magazine, an online journal for poc writers. They graduate with the Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Spring 2021.
They are a proud member of The Dramatist Guild.