Kathryn Renée Thomas

Actor. Writer. Executive Producer. Nice Midwestern Gal.

Highlights

I’m a founding member of The Katydids, a comedy team that spent many years improvising and recently created Teachers, a new comedy premiering January 13, 2016, on TV Land. It started life as a web series and bringing it to television has been an incredible experience. I also improvise with The Katydids on the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month at the Upright Citizens Brigade's Sunset location in Los Angeles.

Currently, I'm living in Los Angeles and seeking new, exciting artistic opportunities! I am specifically looking for on-camera acting work in both comedy and drama, and more comedic writing jobs in the television and feature mediums. I would kill for work on a good dramady. Jenji Kohan, Duplass brothers, and Jill Soloway - If you’re out there, holla at a girl!

Photo by Steve Schofield

Tell Me About Your Childhood

I was born in Detroit to a therapist and a writer, so by nature, I’m an analytical artist with very deep feelings and an affinity for black coffee.

I graduated from The University of Michigan with my B.F.A. in Theatre Performance and my B.A. in English Language and Literature. After graduating, most people told me my next step was to move to NYC and become a poor, miserable waitress to pay the bills. Instead, I took classes at The Second City, Detroit, and realized that my heart was in improv and sketch comedy. I then became a poor, happy barista to pay the bills.

Improv, Comedy, and Creating My Own Opportunities

I flexed my comedy muscles in Michigan for a while at The Second City, the Improv Inferno, and the Planet Ant Theatre, and then headed to Improv Mecca: Chicago. There, I trained and performed with major comedy theatres like The Second City, iO, and The Annoyance.

Me with my Graduate Program cast at The Second City, Detroit

I also taught improvisation to Chicago Public High School teens for six years through the After School Matters program, which was the some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.

Chicago is where I co-founded The Katydids, a comedy group that became known for our improv shows and viral videos. In 2012, we created Teachers, a web series that caught the attention of super agency William Morris Endeavor (WME). WME then helped us sell Teachers to Viacom’s TV Land, which is what brought me, my husband, and our pup, to Los Angeles in 2014.

What Now?

Lately, when I’m not working on Teachers, I’m doing CrossFit, practicing yoga, hiking, reading, binge-watching TV, improvising with The Katydids at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and treating my dog, Piper, like she is my real human child. I express gratitude every day for my inspiring husband, my supportive parents, and all of the amazing opportunities that have come my way.

And hey, look at this smile:

My dog, Piper, who has the best smile ever. Photo by John Sexton