Spanning across mediums and arts Katie has years of experience, knowledge and passion for vocal coaching, earth justice environmental advocacy & social justice intersections, and jazz... ♫
Artistic legacy runs in Katie Bull’s family…
Katie's father, the late Richard Bull, was a jazz pianist from Detroit who moved to NYC and trained with Lenny Tristano. He was also a post-modern dance improviser, choreographer, and teacher. Her mother Fran Bull is a thriving visual artist here in America and internationally, working in multiple mediums from watercolors and oil to painted sculpture and hybrid-arts installations (www.franbull.com). Her stepmother, the late Cynthia Novack, was an award winning dance anthropologist, author (Sharing the Dance), and dance improviser with Katie's father. Together Richard and Cynthia ran the Warren Street Performance Loft for over 25 years in Tribeca. Her mother Fran ran an art gallery in Vermont called Gallery-In-the-Field. Katie is a city-country girl — born in New York City; she also grew up in western New York, in the small town of Brockport on the Erie Canal, near Lake Ontario. As a small child in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, Katie often accompanied her dad to his jazz gigs; as a teenager in Manhattan's Tribeca, a 14-year old Katie sang standards weekly at Walker’s in NYC with her father accompanying her on piano. Katie continued to live and learn in a family home full of musicians, dancers and artists of all mediums - into her college years and beyond...
Although Katie went to college at SUNY Purchase as a music major, she switched to theater arts and took private singing lessons. Katie won the lead in the campus play, became involved in theater improvisation, and met the late great speaking voice coach Chuck Jones. Katie has since become a whole-body vocal production coach, working with performers who use their speaking voice, and singers.
After she graduated from college and spent time traveling to Europe and Israel, Katie returned to New York and immediately gained work as an actor. But she quickly became disillusioned with the industry’s exploitation and sexism. After one of her plays (Small Town, New York City) was produced, Katie realized that it was up to her to create her own art. For many years she was the co-artistic director of the Improvisational Arts Ensembles, Inc, with Kelly Donovan and Meg Fry. She also founded her own theatrical performance troupe, The Bull Family Orchestra. After reconnecting with jazz mentors Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton, Katie Bull started making time to sing in jazz clubs and experimental theaters.
Katie's work as a vocal production coach included interning and then co-teaching with Jones; as he retired, she began building a network for her whole body approach to supporting performers who use their speaking voice including actors and singers. Katie has now expanded to working with non performers, helping professionals and earth advocates!
Highlights from twenty years of Private Coaching for performers include: Felicity Huffman in TransAmerica, Phoebe in Wonderland, Desperate Housewives (episodes), American Crime (audition) and the upcoming film Tammy's Always Dying; James Spader and Kerry Washington on Broadway in RACE; Kerry Washington in American Son on Broadway; Bill Irwin in Waiting for Godot on Broadway (Roundabout Theater); Mime artist David Shiner as the Cat-In-the-Hat in Seussical (Richard Rodgers Theater); Jonathan Cake in his role as Coriolanus at the Old Globe in London; Bradley Fleisher in the Broadway production of Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo; Mary McCann in the musical premiere of Spring Awakening (ATC); Eva Longoria for a screentest/feature film; Young Jean Lee in We Are All Gonna Die, at Lincoln Center; and many more.
Voice Coaching Credits in Universities include: Playwright’s Horizon Studio (NYU); Atlantic Studio at NYU/Tisch since 1999 where she has been Head of Vocal Production since 2004. In her nearly 20 years at NYU/Atlantic she has mentored over 2,000 undergraduate students. Some notable ATC alumni who are now working actors and trained at Atlantic with Katie, include: Ronald Peet, DeWanda Wise and Stephanie Hsu (to name just a few!). Katie has also taught in various professional studios in NYC including Michael Howard Studio, CayMichael Patten Studio, Larry Singer studio and The Gate studio.
Katie is a published writer (Applause Books, Buddy’s Knife Press, NYTE Press, Lapidus Press) of plays and short stories; she wrote the Vox News column for the NYC Jazz Record ’12-’15. She is currently working on a new play, As Seen Through A Window, and a screenplay, Persephone Spirals Down.
As a professional jazz vocalist with six CDs, radio airplay, and radio CMJ Top 10 charting - she received a 2011 Grammy nomination consideration for her album Freak Miracle on the Innova Label, and in 2015 she made the NPR Top Ten Jazz Critics Poll (#6) for her album All Hot Bodies Radiate, on her own Ashokan Indie label. Her new compositions, The Hope Etudes, will be recorded in 2019 with her band The Katie Bull Group Project (KBGP): Mara Rosenbloom, piano; Joe Fonda, bass; George Schuller, drums; Jeff Lederer, saxophones.
ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE & PRODUCER
Katie is an environmental advocate and the founder of Climate Force, an inter-arts producing project to benefit the environmental movement. She has previously produced non-profit theater and music events for TheaterKore Inc. and the Improvisational Arts Ensembles, Inc. and is the Artistic Director of the Bull Family Orchestra (BFO), an inter-arts theater company.
Katie holds a BFA in Theater Arts from SUNY Purchase, where she started in the Music Department; an MA in Inter-disciplinary Voice Studies from New York University/Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she researched the phenomena of voice and vocal fry through inter-disciplinary lenses including neurophysiology, neuroanthropology, sociology, and social psychology. She is a Certified IRB Graduate Researcher. Katie is a Certified Fitzmaurice Technique Teacher. She is a Feldenkrais© Certification NYC VII/VIII. Primary vocal mentors: the late Chuck Jones, Patsy Rodenburg, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan.