Kat Germain

Performer
Audio Description/ Visual Translation, Described Video & Consultation Services
Relaxed Performance Training & Consultation
Writer/ Producer
Educator & Disability Justice Activist

 

BIO: WRITER/ PRODUCER 

Kat Germain was born and raised in the diverse and rich mosaic of Toronto, Canada and works as an independent arts practitioner actively engaging and hiring artists from traditionally marginalized communities.

In 2017 she co-produced a short film with Métis filmmaker Jani Lauzon which featured two Indigenous artists, a Black artist and an artist who uses a manual wheelchair. Previously co-produced a documentary with a Deaf filmmaker about the Deaf cultural ethnocide in Canada. Management roles in the arts sector have been invaluable in my growth as a problem-solver, conscientious and patient leader and team builder. Work with diverse communities and departments has built on my ability for consensus-finding.

EDUCATION: CREATION

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, Acadia University

Meisner Technique: John Riven

Interdisciplinary Theatre Creation Masterclass: Equity Showcase - Josette Bushell-Mingo (UK)

Interdisciplinary Theatre Creation: Back to Back Theatre (Australia) - Bruce Gladwin and Co.

Improvisation, Graduate: Second City Conservatory Program 
Longform: Impatient Theatre Co.

He Said, She Said: Mark Sutton and Stacy Halal

Character Workshop, Second City: Lisa Brooke

Sketch Writing, Level 3 Sketch Writing at Second City - Jerry Schaefer

Film Workshop: Caglar Kimyoncu & Michael Achtman
 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & UNION MEMBERSHIPS

ADA, UK
    Audio Description Association, United Kingdom
CATR
    Canadian Association of Theatre Research
ACTRA
    Alliance of Cdn. Cinema, Television and Radio Artists
OCT
    Ontario College of Teachers
ETFO
    Elementary Teachers of Ontario
OSSTF
    Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
NABET 700
    Union of Film, Television and New Media Technicians

 

CREDITS: WRITER, STAGE & FILM

 

When I See You (Experimental Theatre)
Co-Writer with Jessica Watkin
OAC's Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators winner
supported through Picasso Pro

Mobu (Short Mocumentary)

Joanie (Short Film)
Based on the stage play 8 Acts of Obscene Violence

The Determinist  (Short Film)
Writer, Co-Producer
Producer/ Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly 
Bravo!Fact grant winner

Dirge (Short Film)
Writer, Producer
Director: Firas Momani 
Bravo!Fact grant winner
Honourable Mention, Speechless Film Festival 

Sixty Seconds of Regret (Short Film)
Co-creator with Aaron Poole
Producer/ Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly 
Bravo!Fact grant winner
8 Acts of Obscene Violence (Stage Play)
OAC's Theatre Creators' Reserve grant winner

Mutt Unleashed (Stage Play)
Head Writer, Co-Creator
Director: Jerry Schaefer
Toronto Fringe Festival

Don’t Touch the Bang Bang Fruit (Stage Play)
Co-Creator
with the Second City Conservatory
Director: Andrew Currie

mary. (Short Film)
Co-Writer, Executive Producer
Creative Consultant: Jack Mosshammer
Premiered at the 2003 Giggle Shorts Film Festival
                    
The Light in this Lighted Room (Short Film)
Story Editor
Writer: Michael Cyderman
Small Town Murder Scenes (Feature Film)
Assistant Story Editor           
Writer: Ed Gass-Donnelly
TIFF Premiere

This Beautiful City (Feature Film)
Assistant Story Editor
Writer: Ed Gass-Donnelly
TIFF Premiere

One Last Breath (Feature Film)
Assistant Story Editor    
Writer: Nathaniel Warsh
    
Oops! (Stage Play)
Story Editor
Producer: Crippled Toronto
Writer: John Feld
Audience Choice Award,  Summerworks, 2006

Liz (Short Film)
Co-writer with Ed Gass-Donnelly

Frankie’s Place (Stage Play)
Co-Writer with The Pentaverate
Acadia Fringe Fest
Director: Conrad McEachran

 

WRITING CREDITS (In Development)

 

Sleep Watchers  (Short Film)
Adoptionism (Short Film)
ShoeBox (Short Film) 
with Scott Yamamura
Dakota (Short Film)
Adaptation from 5 Acts of Obscene Violence     
Pigment Envy (Stage Play)

As a writer, Kat’s work has been supported by three tiers of Arts Councils, and her work has been presented on stages and screens in Canada and the US.

Kat continues to write, develop and participate in films that elicit strong visceral reactions from audience members by challenging perceptions and the status quo, by using the mediums of film and theatre as a means to disseminate ideas and create dialogue. She strives to pursue authenticity in her art and feels it is predominantly found through risk and experimentation.

 

CREDITS: PRODUCER, FILM & TV
 

inVisible rEvolution (Documentary), in-production
Director: Chantal Deguire, Co-Producers: Chantal Deguire & Kat Germain
Kat was an early Co-Producer with Deaf Filmmaker on this 52-minute documentary that explores the Deaf cultural ethnocide in Canada.
Helped secure funding from both Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Just One Word (Short film), 2017
Director/ Writer: Jani Lauzon
Producers: Jennifer Podemski, Jani Lauzon and Kat Germain
Premiered at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival

The Lockpicker (Feature Film), 2016
Director: Randall Okita, Co-Producers (various)
Associate Producers: Kat Germain & Sasha Leigh Henry
supported by Canada Council for the Arts, NFB
Awards:
Canadian Screen - Discovery Award Winner
John Dunning Discovery (Canadian Screen Awards)
Grand Jury Prize (San Diego Asian Film Fest)
Best First Feature (Toronto Reel Asian Film Fest)
Best Narrative (West Virginia International Film Festival)

The Determinist (Short Film), 2014
Co-Directors: Ed Gass-Donnelly & Kat Germain,
Co-Producers: Ed Gass-Donnelly, Kat Germain & Scott Yamamura
Bravo!Fact grant winner

Slate One Initiative (Three Short Films), 2012
Directors: Amanda Terfloth (Bee’s Knees), Sarah Monahan (Taco), Matthew MacFadzean (Dorothy's Secret)
Executive Producers: We Make Movies Canada (including Kat Germain)

Dirge (Short Film), 2012
Director: Firas Momani, Producer: Kat Germain
Bravo!Fact grant winner                
                                                           
mary. (Short Film), 2003
Co-Producers & Co-Writers: Kat Germain & Arwen Humphreys, Creative Consultant: Jack Mosshammer
Premiered at the 2003 Giggle Shorts Film Festival

Who Is Eva Smith? (Television Documentary)         
Director: Alison Duke
Producers: Alison Duke, Marcia Munell
Associate Producer: Kat Germain

 

PRODUCER: LIVE PERFORMANCE

 

Mutt Unleashed (Fringe Festival Theatre Production), 2005
Director: Jerry Schaefer
Co-wrote and produced this 50-minute sketch-based stage play with my former improv/ sketch group “Mutt”. Mandate for the artists was for inclusion and diversity - both cultural and ability-based. Mutt’s comedy pushed boundaries, was often subversive, and primarily focused on social issues.

Rallying the Troupes (Charity Event), 2005, 2004
During two separate years, held a one-night event aimed to benefit two Toronto based charities (4 in total) that assisted marginalized communities. 100% of the money went to charity and all performers came from communities who are underrepresented on comedy stages in Toronto; namely people who are culturally diverse, people with disabilities and/ or women.
                                     
it's bender time! (Sketch show), 1999 - 2001
In the three years that I performed and wrote with colleague Arwen Humphreys in our comedic duo “bender!”, we rallied to break stereotypes around women in comedy, which meant we did a lot of lewd, not-your-average-girl humour… for better and worse.                                                    

This Is For You, Anna (Theatre Production), 1997
Acadia Touring Company, Director: Colin Bernhardt
Having been once again ousted from the Boys Club in my theatre program at Acadia University, I bucked the system and produced my own show with the three other women who also got passed over. This was Acadia University’s very first touring production which travelled to several Maritime festivals, held a charity night for a local women’s shelter and had a performance at the woman’s correctional facility in Truro, NS.