Kate Russell joined Smack Mellon in 2017. As the Mentorship Program Manager for Art Ready, she leads a professional artist mentorship program for high school students; serving as liaison to mentors, teachers, students, and parents.

Kate is a Brooklyn-based theatremaker and poet. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Threadbare Theatre Workshop and an Emerging Leader of New York Arts fellow. As a teaching artist she has brought poetry and devised theatre to students off the rural coast of Maine as well as Shakespeare into the inner-city schools of London and New York. Her work as a theatremaker has been noted by Creative Capital’s ON OUR RADAR and named one of their 2016 “Artists To Watch”. She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Rutgers University and spent a yearlong residency at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Kate will be in residence at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts as a 2018 Visiting Artist.