Katherine K. Willis
Adjunct Lecturer, Acting

Katherine K. Willis (Brooklyn College)


MA, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
BFA (honors), Musical Theatre, Missouri State University

Katherine is an Lecturer in movement and physical acting. She is a Certified Lucid Body Instructor who has trained under Fay Simpson (Lucid Body Founder, NYU Tisch Associate Arts Professor, Graduate Acting). A senior instructor at Lucid Body Institute, Katherine teaches the Institute’s classes for actors, as well as training new teachers in the Lucid Body Teacher Certification program. She has served on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama, The New School, Marymount Manhattan College, Stella Adler Studio, and the Actor’s Center.

Katherine’s graduate research centered around health and well-being training for actors. She developed original techniques for post-performance acting training called "Releasing the Character," based on her research in neuroscience, mindset science, functional anatomy, and somatics. Katherine is an acting and career coach and offers these techniques, as well as Lucid Body principles, to her private clients.

Katherine has collaborated with Ashley Kleinman Martinez, LCAT, RDT, on Lucid Body techniques for drama therapists and expressive therapies. They have presented their work with the North American Drama Therapy Association, the Expressive Therapies Summit, and the NYU Drama Therapy program.

Katherine acts, directs, and devises original physical theatre productions with the Lucid Body Impact Theatre Company, including Scotty, an adaptation of the Raymond Carver short story, "A Small Good Thing," which performed at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in partnership with the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement Theatre and Dance.

Katherine’s favorite regional acting credits include: the one-woman play Bad Dates (actor, and co-producer), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (McGinn/Cazale Theatre), South Pacific (Arts Center for Coastal Carolina), A Little Night Music, Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), Harvey, The Imaginary Invalid (Tent Theatre).