Empowering actors, liberating stories

Catherine Black is a Canadian-American director, artist and acting coach in Los Angeles and Toronto. Tackling feminist themes in her work, she is driven to tell stories about people overcoming adversity. The main concepts that run through Catherines’ art are empathy and how the unconscious drives characters towards some form of liberation from suffering. Having studied various acting techniques in Toronto, Los Angeles and the UK, Catherine has a passion for the craft of acting, actors and breaking down a script so each role best serves the story and authentically comes to life. Catherine is a certified acting instructor with Stuart Rogers Studios and teaches the Tuesday scene study class.  

As an actress for 20+ years, 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, has booked countless guest starring roles an can be seen in season 2 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and indie comedy feature film BitterSweet in 2023.

Catherine’s extensive practice as an actor and artist has rooted her vision in filmmaking. Known for her strong use of color and bold imagery. Catherine is a proud member of the Alliance of Women Directors. The first five directors Catherine worked with were women like Mary Harron and Amy Heckerling, inspiring her to direct one day. She was lucky to shadow many talented directors early in her career, and went on to produce commercials, award winning short films and music videos. Catherine wrote and directed the ‘sexy and surreal’ film, DE PUTA MADRE A LOVE STORY that WON Best Director (London IFF), Best Lead Actress (Madrid IFF), and Best Cinematography (Columbia Gorge IFF) along with multiple Jury Awards, Special Mentions and nominations Internationally. Catherine also wrote and directed GIRL TRIP, a dark comedy that took home five awards and just acquired Worldwide distribution on SHUDDER and Prime. Catherine was hired to direct LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED that premiered at the 39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and WON Best Drama at 2021 Rock The Shorts Film Festival and is about to direct THE TEST – a short film about sisters and bodily autonomy.

Catherine divides her time between Los Angeles and Toronto, creating complex female characters, and always working on various projects for both markets, as a director-writer and actor.