KAY KOCH (Actor, Vocalist, Musician) is a friendly, funny performer who loves to take on new challenges and run with them! Professionally trained in musical theater, she has been blessed with a wide variety of acting roles over the years. Highlights and favs: URINETOWN (Penelope Pennywise), GODSPELL (John/Judas), NUNCRACKERS (Robert Anne), HAIRSPRAY (Female Authority Figure) NINE (LaFleur) and GUYS AND DOLLS (Sarah Brown).
KAY KOCH is a born and raised New Yorker! But before you start singing “New York, New York!” to her… you should know that’s UPSTATE New York.
No, not Poughkeepsie. We’re talking much further north than that.
Kingston? Nuh-uh. Keep going.
No no no, not Canada! Now you’ve gone too far! Try Albany- or the “Capital District” as most natives call it.
Kay was born in Niskayuna, New York somewhere in the hustle and bustle of the mid-80s and… was pretty much exploring her creative side from day one! Childhood hobbies ran the gamut from writing “books” in crayon about her latest adventures to putting on puppet shows in cardboard boxes to serenading her Scotia neighborhood with impromptu backyard concerts. Despite this seemingly extroverted nature however, she was a very quiet, private little kid.
All of that changed one day in junior high school however after, as she puts it:
“… someone dared me to try out for the seventh grade choir’s featured solo. This kid bet everyone I wouldn’t do it because he knew I was the shyest person in the school. I was scared to death, but I decided to just go for it. … the song was “I Believe I Can Fly”. Talk about irony, right?”
This newly-discovered positive attitude would win Kay that solo spot as well as push her on to regular appearances with the Scotia-Glenville High School Drama Club. As a member of the school’s prestigious select choir- the Choralaires- Kay won the award for Best Featured Soloist at the 2003 North American Music Festival in Virginia Beach, VA.
She would then go on to attend Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, majoring in Musical Theater with a minor in dance. A 2007 “Red Devil”, Kay worked intensively with the New York State Theater Institute, performing in 7 mainstage productions, 2 workshops and 1 tour before graduating Magna Cum Laude, receiving the Kathryn Gale Award for Music. Of her time at Sage and NYSTI, Kay says:
“It was a remarkable opportunity to explore the
world of theater in a truly “hands-on” way.
I worked with industry professionals in all areas
of production- acting, stage management,
costume design, makeup, box office…
the list just goes on and on! … in only four years,
I grew by leaps and bounds as a performer.”
Since graduation, Kay is keeping herself challenged both professionally… and personally. She happily counts her husband Packy (yes, they met doing theater!) as her biggest cheerleader and credits him for giving her the daily strength needed to tackle the wild and wacky world of show business.
Kay has continued to work in regional theater both in front of and behind the curtain. Favorite regional credits include Urinetown, Hairspray, Nuncrackers and Godspell. In 2009, she wrote an original play, My Kind of Paradise that received a developmental workshop production in NYC and looks toward being fully staged in the coming year. She has also continued to pursue music as a solo artist and expects to start “gigging out” soon.
When asked where she sees herself heading next, Kay says she is
“… open for anything! I’ve been so blessed to have music and theater in my life! Every time I step on stage, I’m just as excited as the audience is. … live theater is a roller coaster trip we take together, and I’m ready to ride the ups and downs for many years to come!”