Kate Tenetko is an actress on the rise! She is a graduate of Temple University hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia. Her theatrical credits include "The Object's Objection" (Lounge Singer), "Prey" (Adrienne), "Snorks and Pins" one act festival By the Light of the Match (Cinderella/Grandma); Chamber Theater's National Tour of "Eureka!" (Ada Lovelace); Hudson Warehouse's original production of "Trojan Women" (Elise); ATA's "Henry V" (Hostess Nell/Queen Isabelle); Cheeky Monkey's production of "Mr. 80%" (Ronnie) and numerous independent and student feature films. You can see Kate at the upcoming production of "The Fog" at the American Theater of Actors.
Currently, Kate is starring in Richard Geha's "Satan's Whore, Victoria Woodhull," directed by Lissa Moira at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue between East 9th & 10th Street) through April 8. Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Both my parents. They were both actors in Russia. I remember being a little girl being dressed up in peasant clothes, fairy outfits, all these costumes, for film shoots and performances. I remember doing mic checks on stage. Getting sucked in to a show and truly believing that these people had transformed themselves into these amazing characters. The smell of theater still smells like home to me.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Besides my celebrity list, which of course would include Meryl, I would be humbled to act opposite my acting professors from Temple University. To be able to hold my own opposite those who taught me, would be an opportunity I would be eager to take on.
3. What made you want to come to the states to pursue your career? Well I came to the states when I was 9 years old, so I did not have much of a choice. However my mother decided to bring me over here because she wanted better opportunities for me. She was hoping I would become a doctor or a lawyer, I of course went to acting.
4. What attracted you to "Satan's Whore"? The audition process. I came in not knowing what to expect and saw that everyone was auditioning in front of everyone and Lissa (the director), was throwing out improvisation scenes. I was thrilled to have an opporutnity to do my monologue in front of more then 3 people and to improvise! So straight off the bat I loved the way that Lissa worked. When I got the call back, I received the sides, and just absolutely fell in love with the script. I thought it was so well written and I loved that it was a strong female lead.
5. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing "Satan's Whore"? I hope that this play makes the audience think about the parallels between 1870 and today, and how little we have advanced with women's rights. All the same issues are still being addressed almost 150 years later. Abortion, birth control, marriage, sex. Hypocrisy in politics as well as religion. With much of the current attention on the upcoming election, it would be interesting for the audience to see just how far we've really come.
6. What do you identify most with about "Victoria Woodhull"? What excites you and makes you nervous about portraying "Victoria Woodhull"? I identify the most with her strength of character, her innate need to survive and fight, and mostly her freedom. I am most excited about portraying a strong, confident woman in an 1800's setting. And I am most nervous about capturing her vulnerable side and allowing the two giant aspects of her personality to be portrayed truthfully.
7. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Where is your favorite place to rehearse on your own? My favorite part is when you have all the lights, the costumes, the props everything you need and all you're missing is the audience. Tech week, when everything starts to come together and you start seeing the show come alive in front of you.
My favorite place to rehearse is in an empty theater, late at night, with no one in the building except you and your lines.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Patience. And how little I possess. My perfectionist mind set balanced with my easy going personality. That sometimes, most times, you cannot control everything around you. That it is possible for me to overcome my fears. That there is nothing I cannot accomplish. (except for teleportation, that still eludes me...one day Stephen Hawkings, one day).
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Just be.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Leonardo Da Vinci. I would help him make his "flying machine" in my dream.
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Doing nothing. Watching shows. Cooking.
12. Favorite way to stay in shape? Yoga, walking and dancing.
13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The absolute ability to change, manipulate, and control time.