One must go on, go on until one can go no further, then take one more step. -Eleanora Duse

Katie O’Grady has been an actor/creator for over 22 years and founded Acting for Kids & Teens as a safe place for kids to express themselves and explore their own, unique creativity. She is a fifth generation Oregonian with Irish roots with experience on sets in every capacity from actor, director, producer, screenwriter and more.

Katie is also an Emmy award-winning director and has had her name on an Oscar watch list for her work on her feature film RID OF ME. She was nominated by Women in Film Critics Circle for Best Actress in Comedy, alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.

Katie can be seen on major network roles (Netflix, NBC, IFC, Showtime), has worked on hundreds of commercials.  See a full list of her work on her Team page bio.

Committed to nurturing a community where the whole family is included, Katie helps guide parents through their child’s acting journey. With the AFKT staff, she dives into each student’s needs and believes in uncovering every person’s individual strengths. She intentionally surrounds herself with creative, open, and current professionals both at the studio and in her network, and works hard to pair people so they can actualize their dreams. Katie has introduced her students to some of the top coaches, TV/Film actors, producers, agents and guests in the industry with placement on Disney, Nickelodeon, Leverage, Portlandia, Grimm, and more. She is a champion for young artists everywhere!