Cardinal Stage Artistic Director
Kate Galvin is a Philadelphia native, currently serves as artistic director of Bloomington’s beloved Cardinal Stage.
In addition to her work as a director, Kate was the Associate Producer at 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia. She was creator and leader of 11th Hour’s Musical Theatre Lab for local writers and composers. Previously she served as the Casting Director/Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director at the Walnut Street Theatre. During her seven seasons at the Walnut she cast over 70 shows with Philadelphia and New York talent. She has been a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre for over 10 years and has served on several committees, including the Festival Committee. Kate has also served as a consultant for numerous shows featured at the annual NAMT Festival, including Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days and Kooman & Dimond’s Dani Girl. She has recently joined NAMT’s board of directors.
Kate is a Barrymore Award-winning director who’s credits include Lizzie (11th Hour Theatre Company, Barrymore Awards – Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Walnut Street Theatre/National Tour), Midsummer – a play with songs (Inis Nua Theatre Company, Barrymore Awards – Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical) and Other Desert Cities (Walnut). Regional credits include Creep (WaterTower Theatre, World Premiere), 4000 Days (Fulton Theatre, American Premiere), Buyer & Cellar (Portland Stage Company), and Wit (North Carolina Theatre). Kate assisted Barbara Gaines on Paul Gordon’s musical adaptation of Sense & Sensibility (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, World Premiere).
Kate graduated summa cum laude from NYU’s Steinhardt School, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (Musical Theatre). She holds a Master’s degree in Musical Theatre (Producing) from Goldsmiths – University of London. She is also co-creator of the musical Austentatious, which has been produced in New York, London, Philadelphia, Calgary and elsewhere, and is published by Playscripts, Inc.