Kate Jaeger recently played the hysterical Nun in Village Theatre’s Chasing Nicolette, was the highlight of New Voices 8 and is currently in Book-It All Over’s production of Johnny Appleseed, she continues to perform for Jet City Improv, and is getting ready for a long form improv show, Go Tigers! where each night the audience gets to see how crazy parents can be on the sidelines of sporting events. Jaeger herself certainly isn’t sitting on the sidelines of the Seattle theatre scene!
“It took me 10 years to craft this life-style for myself,” said Jaeger. In addition to her performing, she works for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Youth Theatre Northwest and Jet City as a teaching artist.
Improv has been a big component in her career. She started a touring improv troupe at with peer and Seattle actor, Kevin Brady when they both attended Whitworth College. She even spent some time after graduation as a adjunct directing the troupe; ‘Cool-Whip.’ “I think my experience with improv has made me a better actor; I’m not afraid to fail and take big chances. On the flip side, my acting background makes me a better improvisor.”
Recently she’s been making appearances in musicals, after some time away from singing. “After high school, I lost all confidence.” Improv came to the rescue providing full-length improvised musicals. Paul Linnes at Seattle Musical Theatre and local music director R.J. Tancioco also helped Kate realize her voice and overcome her fears. And how did Kate get involved with Brandon Ivie’s New Voices series? “Karaoke. I love karaoke!” Talk about networking.
Jaeger has sung in NV6, NV7 and the most recent NV8. This year she blew the audience away with “I’m Not Pregnant (I’m Just Fat).” Written by Katie Thompson. Jaeger herself, after hosting Winterfest, was asked by a woman who had seen her perform if she was afraid she was going to give birth on stage. Kate dealt with this with grace. “It’s who I am, and if I can’t find the humor in that…” she shrugs and laughs.
When asked what advice she would give to someone starting out in Seattle, she recommended joining TPS, which she credits for getting most of her jobs. Besides that, “Don’t be afraid to be ugly, don’t hold back. Fake all the confidence in the world and if you’re full of joy: share it.”
Check out Kate Jaeger performing in “Broadway Divas” on March 14th to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Click HERE for tickets.