Artist Feature: Katherine Vondy

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Katherine Vondy is currently working out of Los Angeles. She writes literature and writes and directs film and theater. We asked her some questions about her life as a career artist and this is what she had to say.
1. What project(s) are you involved in that you are most excited about right now?
 I’m currently directing a one-woman show called Suddenly Split and Swiping Over for All Terrain Theater. Written by Tracy Held Potter, it follows the adventures of one woman as she enters the crazy world of online dating. It’s going to play this summer in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley. I’m also very excited about a full-length play I’m working on, tentatively called “Drift,” that tracks the way a family has broken apart over the course of ten years. I was lucky enough to participate in the HBMG Foundation’s National Playwrights’ Retreat in Creede, CO, in February, where I finished a draft of the play. Now I’m trying to whip it into shape!!
Still of a young woman sitting on a couch with her eyes closed and holding a cupcake with a lit candle.

Still from The Broken Heart of Gnocchi Bolognese

2. What has been your proudest moment as an artist so far?
My proudest moment was in early 2009, when I screened the short film I made as my MFA thesis, The Broken Heart of Gnocchi Bolognese, at USC. Making that movie was probably the hardest thing I’ve done to date, and it took the better part of two years to finish it. My family and a lot of friends came out for the premiere, and getting to show it to the people who had been supportive of me during the time was incredibly gratifying.
3. What is one thing about being a career artist that you didn’t learn in school? 
You do different kinds of projects for different reasons. Sometimes you work on something for the paycheck, sometimes you work on something for the people you will meet in the process, sometimes for the experience, sometimes because you care deeply about expressing something. Any reason can be valid, but you need to know the reason for each project you work on. Otherwise, you’re liable to be disappointed if your expectations for what you’re going to get out of something don’t up with what the reality turns out to be.
Mix Tape at West Side Comedy. Picture of a stage with several musical performers. In the foreground, silhouettes of audience members are visible.

Still from the performance of Lost Moon Radio’s “Mix Tape”, directed by Katherine Vondy in fall of 2014

4. How did you first start promoting your work/ building your audience? Did you use social media? 
I’m on Facebook and Twitter, and I have a website that I update regularly with news about my creative work. I don’t think I’m great at self-promotion, but I try to at least have the bare minimum of an online presence!
5. What excites you the most about the art world at large or your local art community right now?
In LA, there are a lot of very motivated go-getters who have big, creative ideas…and then actually make them happen! For example, I’ve gotten to work with the people who founded Lost Moon RadioCreatorUp and One Axe, and I’m in awe of all of them. I don’t use this word often, because it’s a bit cheesy for my taste, but I actually find them all inspirational.
Picture shows a stage with a backdrop made to look like a star-filled sky. Three actors stand on a black box hugging each other. Two other actors stand to either side of the group, reading their lines.

Still from the Salt Lake Acting Company’s staged reading of The Fermi Paradox

6. Which Starry Night Programs have you been involved in? 
I was a resident at Starry Night in Truth or Consequences in November of 2012, and I wholeheartedly enjoyed my time there. Every time I would come back from a soak in the hot springs, I’d make a creative breakthrough. And I have photos from the trip I took to White Sands displayed on a wall in my bedroom. They still make me happy every time I look at them. Since my residency, probably my biggest accomplishment has been winning the 2015 Davey Foundation Theatre Grant for my play The Fermi Paradox. The grant provided for a one-week workshop and staged reading with the Salt Lake Acting Company, and everything about the experience was a total joy.

 

7. Is there anything else you want to share? 

I’m so happy to be a part of the Starry Night community and to see how it’s grown and become even more awesome in the years since I was there. Way to go, Monika!!

You can find Katherine Vondy’s personal website here along with her comedy blog and twitter profile. She also has an upcoming show at the All Terrain Theater in Los Angeles.

 

 

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