Katharyn R. King is an award-winning author, actress, screenwriter and producer/director. Having spent much of her formative life in Surrey, she prefers to call England home ("America is my country, but Richmond is my hometown"). From an early age, she enjoyed acting and singing and soon earned such familiar roles as Dolly Levi from Hello, Dolly!, Miss Hannigan from Annie, and Adelaide from Guys and Dolls. Miss King acted in more than seven main stage plays, competed in several theatre competitions, stage-managed six school productions and most recently, one professional ballet with Center Stage Dance Studios based out of Corona. She is most widely recognised for her performances as Miss Meyermyer from Lindsay Price’s Christmas parody, Deck the Stage, Martha Dobie from the controversial Hellman tragedy The Children’s Hour, Hecuba from Euripides’ The Trojan Women, Ruth from Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, and Lettice Douffet from Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage. King continued her studies in Advanced Theatre Arts under the auspices of Director Meridith Stempinski until June 2008.
A graduate of Centennial High School California, King left her alma mater sporting High Honours for Academic Excellence as well as Honours from the International Thespian Society for Outstanding Excellence in Theatre Arts, and has accrued over 2500 hours of acting, production management, technical experience and training in this field within the span of three years. Katharyn also served as Secretary/Treasurer of ITS Troupe #5004 her senior year. She received the 2007 and 2008 Most Promising (Junior and Senior years respectively) Award from the Centennial High School Theatre Department, the Presidential Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence in Theatre of 2008, and the 2008 Bank of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drama.
She has also written several original screenplays, to include a film adaptation of a story she wrote, “Painted Blind”, a dramatic comedy about a young woman who moves to from America to Australia an overcomes the oddball hardships of immigrating to a new country, a drama about two friends who abandon their humdrum careers and set off to make it big in Hollywood and New York entitled “Americana”, and “Erasure Complex”, a psychological interior about a sociopathic woman who lives her life in several identities. In addition, she is also working on several television concepts and treatments spanning the genres of science fiction, crime drama and comedy.
An avid and original writer, she is also known for her prolific authorship of over 60 works to date and her collection continues to grow. Some of her more well-known stories are “Elise,” “Lessons Learned While Falling Off the Earth,” “Painted Blind,” “Erasure Complex,” and “Apart.” Along with short fiction, King’s poetry has attracted much acclaim as well, earning her the 2008 New Jersey Live Poets Society Topical Award for her poem “Penury's Song” and the International Society of Poets Editor’s Choice Award for both "Penury's Song" and "Vitals."
Although accepted to Richmond University in London out of high school, financial hardship compelled King to enroll at the California State University in San Bernardino, California where she spent her first college term majoring in Theatre Arts with an Emphasis in Theatre Education and a minor in French. She became an active member of Players of the Pear Garden, CSUSB’s Theatre Club, and was most recently cast in Dr. Terry Donovan Smith’s production of Moliere’s The Miser in November 2008. Again, a longing to return to a life of civil service incited King to return to her duties in the military, this time on Active Duty. She has also served in the Army’s Military Intelligence Corps as a Linguist and received an Honourable Discharge.
Ms King resides in Los Angeles, CA and is currently pursuing a Theatre and Film degree.
'Dreams imply fantasy, goals imply victory.'
--Katharyn R. King