The Performing Artist
Through humor, Kat Evasco is able to highlight issues and topics that are often uncomfortable to digest. Through her work as a theater artist and stand up comedienne, Kat is able to discuss experiences of sexual abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse, and sexuality. She co-created and co-produced the Bakla Show (2007 and 2010), which showcases the narratives of queer Filipino/a Americans, influencing the development of Kat’s voice as an individual artist. When she started performing as a stand up comedienne in early 2008, she discovered an artistic expression that allowed her to talk about what we often keep behind closed doors. Kat uses humor to alleviate any tension a topic may bring. She is a comedic storyteller and delivers her jokes in a theatricalized manner. Kat has always felt that theater is her main love, and stand up comedy is her mistress. Now, she is experiencing a menage a trois, aiming to perfect the art of stand-up theater. In the under four years as a stand up comic, Kat has performed at comedy clubs including the legendary Purple Onion as part of the 5 Funny Females Festival in San Francisco, the San Jose Improv, and the Haha Café in Los Angeles. In 2010, Kat competed in the San Francisco International Comedy Festival, performing at Humboldt State University, the Napa Valley Opera House, and the MontBleu Resort and Casino in Lake Tahoe. In November of 2010, Kat opened for the Marga Gomez’ one woman show Ticklish! at La Pena Cultural Center, and was invited by Marga to perform as part of the first Berkeley Gay Comedy Festival in June of 2011.
In January of 2011, Kat Evasco began writing her autobiographical one woman show Mommy Queerest with co-writer and director John Caldon, Artistic Director of Guerrilla Rep. Mommy Queerest completed its first run as a developing work at Bindlestiff Studio on Thursday, December 1st through December 17th, 2011. The show will continue to be developed and is schedule to make its world premier in San Francisco in Fall 2013.
The Performing Arts Administrator
Kat Evasco is the Managing Director of Guerrilla Rep, an independent theater company that explores class in American society through provocative and entertaining new plays created by artists focused on the evolutionary process of developing works-in-progress. She also serves as Board President of the newly reopened Bindlestiff Studio in its original downtown San Francisco location. Credits include co‐creating and co‐producing the Bakla Show (2007, 2010) and stage managing Alamat produced by Bindlestiff Studio (2005), I Can Do That Theater Project: Monday Golden Sun produced by Joan Osato (2009), The Oddman Family Christwanzaakuh Spectacular produced by Guerrilla Rep (2010); Parade, the Musical produced by the Youth Musical Theater Company (2011); and Nobody Move produced by Campo Santo and Intersection for the Arts (2011). She currently works as the Production Associate at Youth Speaks Inc. Evasco holds a BA in Asian American Studies from SFSU.
Education and Awards
Kat Evasco hold a BA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. Kat is 2011 recipient of the Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant, a grant program supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the San Francisco Foundation, the San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, the California Community Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Los Angeles Country Arts Commission, the Lia Fund, and the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs.