Katie Zeisl

DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF THEATRE & SPECIAL EVENTS

Katie is honored to be CAA's Director of the School of Theatre & Special Events and having the opportunity to wear many hats as a professor, campus event planner, site manager, and administrator. 

Katie received her B.A. in Theatre Arts (Magna Cum Laude), with concentrations in acting and theater education, from San Jose State University. She also completed her Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from San Francisco State University's College of Extended Learning. 

Katie is a reader and actor for City Lights New Play Readers Series where she recently played Julia Waldren in "The Last Iceberg". She performed in the 2015 and 2016 productions of Epic Immersive Theater's "Matthew Briar and the Age of Resurrection" at San Jose History Park, playing multiple roles across three decades. She was the Preacher in "From the Notebook of July 12, 1782", (SJReal of the former San Jose Rep) and Jenny Tepperman, Panther, and Avatar in "March" (Dragon Theater). She played Miranda in Guerilla Wanderers Films’ corporate commercial, "Mission Impossible Virtual Instruments" and is a bridesmaid in their upcoming short film, "Shogun Wedding".

Katie is a returning speaker at the Cinequest Film Festival where she introduces films and leads Q&As. During the 2015 festival, Katie was the Event Manager for the VIP Soirees, planning and executing eleven consecutive soiree-networking events each attended by 300-400 filmmakers, innovators, sponsors, and patrons. 

During CAA breaks, Katie has worked as a conference assistant on behalf of Buckalew Hospitality and as an assistant and MC at ProtoHack hackathons in San Francisco.

Katie was SJSU's 2010 Kaucher Mitchell Fellow in Storytelling and Oral Interpretation. She now serves as a prelims judge at the biannual Kaucher Mitchell Mathis-Swanson storytelling and oral interpretation events.