Haitian born Actor, Voice Actor, Teaching Artist,
and Playwright/Performance Artist.
Kathleen Gonzales is a recent transplant to the Los Angeles, CA area and is a professional actor in theatre, film and voice over. In theatre, Kathleen specializes in new works and has been seen in various venues including: ATLAS Performing Arts Center, The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Catalyst Theatre Company and Roundhouse Theatre. Kathleen's film experience includes industrial film, independent films and commercials.
In addition to her work in theatre and film, Kathleen also works as a voice actor. She has completed voice overs for various organizations and companies in non-broadcast and broadcast work playing on both radio and television. While growing up in Haiti, Kathleen developed a love of languages early on. She is fluent in English, French, Haitian Creole and conversational Spanish. One of her favorite things about voice acting is the ability to create the voices for characters one would never imagine would come from her.
Kathleen is compelled to write plays which bridge a cultural understanding between Haiti and the rest of the world. Her first play,THE BRIDGE OF BODIES tells the tale of Marie Therese, a young woman, plagued by nightmares, who is compelled to return to her native country of Haiti to discover the truth about who she is and why her she left.The Bridge of Bodies, a16 character - one woman play, has played to sold out audiences in various venues in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania and Florida.
The arts are a gateway to building necessary skills in a thriving community. Empathy, creativity, imagination, collaboration, adaptation skills and improvisation skills are all built through a process of creating art with others. Kathleen's work as a teaching artist has lead her to work with vulnerable communities and empower them through the use of theatre arts and playmaking as well as performance. Kathleen facilitates workshops that enables students to create social justice theatre to make a positive change in their communities and for themselves and their families.
Kathleen Gonzales holds an MFA in Acting with an emphasis on The Creation of New Works and Movement Theatre from The Ohio State University. She uses the skills that she gained as a teaching assistant at Ohio State, the many years she has worked in the classroom as a teaching artists and continued learning of important skills such as teaching the arts in online spaces, working with incarcerated youth and others marginalized due to ethnicity, race, religious beliefs, language, sex, gender, and citizenship/immigrant status.