“Acting is the creation of empathy. It is my mission to expand the audiences awareness of humanity through my work. I achieve this by telling stories from a place of raw authentic honesty. The more honest I am, the more relatable, funny and/or dramatic the story will become. Finding out why and exploring new ways to walk in another’s shoes is true freedom. It is my goal to transcend the audience and help them accept humanity a little bit more through my work. ”
~ Catherine Black
Catherine Black (AKA Cat Black) is an award winning Canadian actress, artist and filmmaker. A member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, ACTRA, CAEA and the Alliance of Women Directors.
Catherine started acting in commercials when she was 5 years old and picked out of a lineup of hundreds of little girls for a successful ad campaign. She has been in continuous dedication of the craft of acting ever since, studying various acting techniques, dance and classical singing in Toronto, England and Los Angeles. Catherine is also an acting instructor in Los Angeles, where she fuses her passion for acting and directing and share’s it with others.
Catherine’s first major role was at 16 as Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET directed by Lewis Baumander in Toronto. Catherine has performed in many award winning theatre productions over the years, but is most proud of starring in Hrant Alianak’s original play, WALLS OF AFRICA, which Won 9 Dora Awards. In Film/TV Catherine is best known for her role as Vanden in AMERICAN PSYCHO, performing with Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon, and starring with Crispin Glover in THE DONNER PARTY (Showtime). She also stars in many Indie Features and has booked countless guest starring roles, such as ODYSSEY 5 (SyFy), BLUE MURDER (GLOBAL TV/CTV), I LOVE MUMMY (BBC) and PLAYING HOUSE (NBC/USA). Most recently, Catherine had a supporting role in the feature film Debt Collectors (2020) and a lead role in Bittersweet, a feature comedy scheduled for release in 2021. At the beginning of 2020, Catherine had the privilege of playing Anne Frank in And Then They Came For Me directed by Abigail Deser with MainStreet Theatre.
Catherine’s surreal figurative paintings have exhibited Internationally since the late 90’s. She approaches her visual art much like she would prepare for a role as an actor, each painting a character study. Most recently Catherine photographed and wrote about the journey of her large oil paintings traveling from her family farm in Fergus Ontario Canada across the Old Oregon Trail to California. This was Catherine’s Westward Expansion.
Catherine’s extensive practice as an actor and artist has rooted her vision in filmmaking. She is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, shadowed directors at the National Film Board of Canada and has produced commercials, short films and music videos. Catherine’s directing debut, the multi award winning ‘sexy and surreal’ short film, DE PUTA MADRE A LOVE STORY (2014), that she also wrote and starred in WON Catherine both Best Director (London IFF), Best Lead Actress (Madrid IFF) for her performance, and Best Cinematography (Columbia Gorge IFF) along with multiple Jury Awards, Special Mentions and nominations Internationally. Her latest, GIRL TRIP (2018), a dark comedy pilot episode in the horror genre, WON Audience Choice at Hollyshorts, a Best Short Film Carnage award, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Twist at the Independent Horror Movie Awards, as well as receiving multiple award nominations at various festivals Internationally. Catherine just completed principal photography directing her latest film, LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED (2020) that premiered at the 39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
Catherine divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles, creating complex female characters, and always working on various projects for both markets, as a director-writer-actress.
View Catherine Black’s complete filmography on imdb
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Catherine’s paintings can be viewed here.
Directing Samples viewed HERE