Empowering actors, liberating stories

Catherine Black (she/they) is a Canadian-American director-writer, actor, artist and acting instructor in Los Angeles and Toronto.

Catherine has been a professional actor since 1994, best known for American Psycho, The Donner Party, Odyssey 5 and most recently, Star Trek Strange New Worlds. A career highlight was performing in the LA Alliance Ovation award wining Best Production of And Then They Came For Me with MainStreet theatre, doing talkbacks with Holocaust survivors and scholars after each performance for a thousand children a day. Catherine teaches an acting method that is centered not only in freedom, but in a fully immersed experience in the story at at Stuart Rogers Studios. As a visual artist, Catherine has painted large surreal figurative portrait oil paintings that have exhibited internationally since 2001.

Catherine’s extensive practice as an actor and artist has rooted their vision in filmmaking. She was lucky to shadow a few talented directors early in their career, and went on to produce commercials, short films and music videos before directing their first narrative film in 2012. Catherine has written and directed 2 short films – the ‘sexy and surreal’ award winning film, De Puta Madre a Love Story, and Girl Trip, a dark comedy about female friendships, that took home 5 awards and got worldwide SVOD/VOD distribution. She is currently in preproduction for a film that she wrote and will direct inspired by a true family story about two young brothers who escaped Nazi occupied France. Catherine was also hired to direct Like Nothing Happened, a short relationship drama about pregnancy loss that won Best Drama at 2021 Rock The Shorts Film Festival and distributed on The Reel Women’s Network, and she is in pre-production in Toronto for The Test, a short film about sisters, abortion and opposing beliefs. Catherine divides their time between Los Angeles and Toronto, always working on various projects for both markets, as a director-writer and actor.