Kat Yo is a driven and accomplished young designer, receiving her B.A. in Theater Design from the University of Portland in May 2021. Originally from California, she has worked with several theaters along the West Coast including Broadway Music Circus as the Assistant Puppet Designer and Lead Properties Artisan, the Sacramento Ballet as a lighting designer and stage manager, the California State Fair in conjunction with Stage 9’s “Discover the Dinosaurs” life-size animatronic exhibit, the El Dorado Musical Theater Company in California, The East West Players in L.A., Shaking the Tree Theater in Portland, as well as Mago Hunt Theater and the Blaire Studio at the University of Portland.
Kat’s curiosity in a variety of design disciplines motivates her to success, earning her several awards and scholarships from the most recent 2021 KCACTF Region 7 Design Technology and Management Exposition including: the First Place National Award for her Lighting Design on “The Dragon”, The Regional Award in Allied Arts for an unrealized show she wrote and designed as the Scenographer, titled “The Imoogi Myth”, The Regional Award for Innovation in Digital Theater Design for her social justice-inspired art on “Where is Home, and a one-week scholarship from the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas.
A natural artist and businesswoman, Kat is also the co-founder of Dyadic Studios ( DyadicStudios.com ), a company focused on making sustainable change in the fast-fashion industry. She is excited to pursue her education further and hopes to one day work towards a Ph.D. in either Social Justice Theater or Sustainable Design. Kat is interested in the intersection where storytelling meets environmentally conscious design and is committed to making art focused around this theme. To explore Kat’s work, visit Kat-Yo.com .
Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival 2021
Design Technology and Management Exposition
1st place National Award in Lighting Design for "The Dragon"
(Prize: paid attendance to the 2021 USITT conference, National Festival Response, Online Showcase)
Regional Award for Innovation in Design with a focus on Community and Social Justice for Visual Design and Artwork on "Where is Home"
(Prize: Handcrafted plaque made by Jay Duckworth, Properties Designer for Broadway's Hamilton)
Regional Award for Achievement in Allied Design for "The Imoogi Myth"
(Prize: Copy of the Book, "Hamilton: The Revolution" by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter)
Stage Craft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) Scholarship
(Prize: Paid trip to SILV where student will participate in a one week intensive to study stagecraft)
California State Fair Fine Arts Exposition
Best of Cass 2017 in 3D Mixed Media for "Robert"
Best of Division 2017 in 3D Art & Design for "Rooster"
First Place Award 2017 in 3D Mixed Media for "Robert"
First Place Award 2017 in 3D Art & Design for "Rooster"
First Place Award 2017 in 2D Art & Design for "Lunch"
First Place Award 2015 in 2D Art & Design for "Mountains"
Theater Scholarships from the University of Portland's Theater Department. 2018-2021.
Bob & Dolores Hope Scholarship. 2020-2021
Service and Justice Scholarship through the Moreau Center. 2019-2020
Kunal Nayyar Annual Scholarship. 2018-2019
Resident Computing Consultant Scholarship. 2018-2019
Association of Special Agents with the Department of Justice (ASA-DOJ). California State Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) Scholarship for Technical Theater Design. 2017