Meet the cast: Kate Finch of 'Tribes'

Kate Finch at the first rehearsal of ‘Tribes.’  Photo by John Moore.

Finch, KateAt the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Prymate (Allison standby) at the Longacre Theatre. She has performed on stages in Chicago, London, Kansas City, and New York. Favorite roles include Viola in Twelfth Night (Secret Theatre, NYC), Belle in A Christmas Carol, Sylvia in Tribes (Portland Stage Company), and Barbara in SOUND (INK’D Festival, Playwright’s Realm, NYC). Films/Shorts: “The Final Illusion,” “Better Lives,” and “English20.” Training: BFA, Drake University.

  • Role: Sylvia in Tribes
  • Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
  • Training: BFA, Drake University
  • A Kate Finch quoteWhat was the role that changed your life? When I was about 12, I was cast in a production of Mother Hicks at Kansas City’s Theatre for Young America, and I think that’s the experience I can pinpoint as my “uh-oh-I-love-the-theatre” moment. Being surrounded by a group of adults who got to play for a living was magic, and I learned everything I could from them (and I’m sure I was an absolute pest in the process). I’ve been on bigger stages and in fancier costumes since then, but I don’t think anything compares to the way I felt every single day during that production.
  • Why are you an actor? I came up with and discarded several wisecrack answers for this one because the real answer isn’t terribly exciting. It’s because it makes me happy.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? My inner child is begging me to say “an archaeologist or a veterinarian,” but I think my alternate-universe career would be as a book editor. I’m a hopeless bookworm (read: nerd), and I love the idea of helping authors shape their stories before sending them out into the world. 
  • Kevin SpaceyIdeal scene partner: Kevin Spacey. He commits 100 percent to his characters, and he’s a generous listener, which makes for a great scene partner. Plus, he’s ridiculously talented.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of Tribes? All else aside, Tribes is a good story. It’s funny. And heartbreaking. And it will add a handful of inappropriate words to your vocabulary. So, while I want the audience to learn about Deaf culture and communication and the importance of finding your own identity outside the context of a specific group, I also hope everyone can just pull up a chair and enjoy being part of the family for a couple of hours.
  • Finish this sentence: “All I want is … ”

    World peace. And maybe a glass of sauvignon blanc if you’re going to the kitchen anyway.

More 2015-16 ‘Meet the Cast’ profiles:
Adeoye, the Cheshire Cat in Lookingglass Alice
J. Paul Boehmer, the Dukes in As You Like It
Molly Brennan, the Red Queen in Lookingglass Alice
Kevin Douglas, the White Rabbit in Lookingglass Alice
Micah Figueroa, understudy in Lookingglass Alice
Drew Horwitz, William and others, As You Like It
Maurice Jones, Orlando in As You Like It
Geoffrey Kent, Actor, Assistant Director and Fight Director in As You Like It
Emily Kron, Phoebe in As You Like It
Nick LaMedica, Sylvius in As You Like It
Andrew Pastides, Daniel in Tribes
Samuel Taylor, the White Knight in Lookingglass Alice
Matt Zambrano, Touchstone in As You Like It
Lindsey Noel Whiting, Alice in Lookingglass Alice

Tribes: Ticket information
Performances Oct. 9 through Nov. 15
Ricketson Theatre
Performance schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. (No Saturday matinees during preview performances)
ASL interpreted & Audio described performance: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7
Call 303-893-4100 or
TTY: 303-893-9582
Groups of 15 or more: 303-446-4829
Also: Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at

Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – – is the only authorized online ticket provider for the Denver engagement of ‘Tribes.’

Previous NewsCenter coverage of Tribes:
Go to the official Tribes show page
Tribes and the art of projections in a play about hearing loss
Tribes and the tyranny of language and listening
Tribes: Anytime there is an ‘us,’ there is a ‘them’
Theatre Company giddily going down rabbit hole in 2015-16
Casting announced for Theatre Company’s fall shows
Theatre Company introduces bold new artwork for 2015-16 season

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