Empowering actors, liberating stories

Catherine Black is a Canadian-American director-writer, actress, visual 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 their suffering. Having studied various acting techniques in Toronto, Los Angeles and the UK, and as an acting instructor, 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.

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 and has several upcoming film projects to be released in 2021.

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 prestigious awards and just acquired Worldwide distribution-  to be announced. Most recently, 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.