​​My "direct, no nonsense" type is easy to spot by the way I'm cast... in episodic television programs, in films, on stage, and on voiceover projects. Take Flo in Picnic, for example, the character I played at Atlantic Stage 2 for a directors workshop production. She's a demanding mom who does what she can to keep her daughters in line. I've also been cast as M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias. No doubt about casting my type in that one. Other roles include Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Pooty in Reckless, and the dual roles of Phyllis and Leslie in Sylvia. One of my most exciting film projects, It's a Wondrous Life, is now on the film festival circuit. In the film I play a hard nosed social worker on the hunt for her murdering, sociopathic client. I work on various types of voiceover projects including commercials, corporate and educational productions, and character work. I'm an actor who shows up early, responds promptly, puts in the work, and conducts herself with respect and gratitude.

Prior to my career as an actor, I worked as a TV news reporter in Tampa, the 11th largest television market. I covered all types of news stories from murders and hurricanes to war heroes and celebrities. The move from working on-camera every day as a reporter to working on-camera as an actor was a transition from one form of story-telling to another. It’s about revealing people as they truly are--with their highest qualities and warts alike.

I studied the Practical Aesthetics technique for acting at Atlantic Acting School in New York and have trained in Improv at The PIT. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Radio-Television with a Minor in Theater from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kathy richter