A native of Massachusetts, Kathleen has been a professional actress for over twenty years. She has performed with The Acting Company (Off-Broadway and National Tour), The American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theaterfest, and Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors. In the summer of 2011 she portrayed Gertrude in Hamlet at the Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore, TX.
While a Resident Actress at Cornell University in 1992, she began teaching voice and speech for the stage, and went on to teach voice and acting at the University of Illinois and PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria, CA before joining the faculty at Ithaca College.
In 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru grant to Kerala, India for her project "Finding Women's Voices", focusing on the empowerment of women through voice. In 2012 she traveled to Islamabad, Pakistan on a Fulbright Specialist grant, continuing the work she began in India.