Kathleen Ann Shea
October 9, 1956
|Other names||Katt Shea Ruben|
(m. 1979; div. 1992)
Shea was born in Detroit, Michigan to an artist father and nurse mother. She studied teaching at the University of Michigan from which she graduated with honors. After graduating, she spent six months teaching blind children, before taking off at age 19 to Hollywood, California where she started her early modeling career and for a short time attended University of California, Los Angeles.
"I was directing plays I'd written in my back yard when I was twelve," she said later. "I was a total misfit and didn't have any friends, so that's what I did instead. I recruited younger kids from the neighborhood, and their parents paid me to put them in my productions. I made some pretty good money, actually. Helped put me through college. Yay for being a misfit! Yay for not having friends!"
"I was never comfortable being an actress," she said in a 1992 interview. "It was the most ridiculous thing; I am like the antithesis of that. I really, truly am very shy. ... I did it for seven years, and I can't believe I lived through that."
Writer and directorEdit
In 1986, she was on location in the Philippines when she struck up a friendship with Andy Ruben. The two of them started writing scripts together, and succeeded in getting The Patriot (1986) made for Roger Corman. Corman agreed to finance another Ruben-Shea script with Shea directing, Stripped to Kill. The resulting movie was successful and launched her directorial career.
Shea made a number of films for Corman based on scripts by herself and Ruben. Corman later described her as a ""talented director. She’s particularly good with actors, having been an actress herself. She’s taught herself about the camera and has gotten better with each picture."
In a 1990 review of Streets, the Los Angeles Times said Shea "continues to show that she is a first-rate talent, as terrific at handling hard action with style and dispatch as a drawing the best from her casts."
According to Corman, the films she made for him cost less than $500,000 on average and made between $5–10 million. She was then hired by New Line to make Poison Ivy which was a critical and popular hit.
In 1992 her films were honoured with a four-day retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art including the New York premiere of Poison Ivy. According to Larry Karidish, a curator of film at the museum:
Katt's work is distinctive for its style, rhythm, the progression of its narrative. Her movies touch something deep in the psyche. They have a consistent and coherent sensibility and I thought it would make sense to show her work as a body.
She now works as an acting teacher.
Katt Shea married collaborator Andy Ruben. They divorced in 1992 after 13 years of marriage.
- The Asphalt Cowboy (1980) - actor
- My Tutor (1983) - actor
- Scarface (1983) - actor
- Preppies (1984) (TV movie) - actor
- R.S.V.P. (1984) (TV movie) - actor
- Hollywood Hot Tubs (1984) - actor
- Barbarian Queen (1985) - actor
- Psycho III (1986) - Patsy Boyle
- The Devastator (1986) - actor, 2nd unit photography
- The Patriot (1986) - writer
- Stripped to Kill (1987) - writer, director
- Dance of the Damned (1989) - director, writer
- Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls (1989) - director, writer
- Streets (1990) - director, writer
- Poison Ivy (1992) - director, writer
- Dance with Death (1992) - story
- Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater (1994) (TV series) - director
- Last Exit to Earth (1996) - director, actor, writer
- Rumble in the Streets (1996) - writer
- The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) - director, actor
- Sharing the Secret (2001) (TV movie) - director
- Sanctuary (2002) (TV movie) - director, writer
- Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) - director
- Prince Ombra (c 1993) from novel by Roderick MacLeish for producer Sydney Pollack
- Dance of the Damned (c. 2011) - proposed remake of her earlier film
- The Tutor - adapted from the novel by Peter Abrahams
- The List - a teen drama based on her own script
- Hystere, Imps of Perversity - horror anthology TV series developed with Mary Lambert
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- Katt Shea Retrieved April 21, 2019.
- "From Corman to Classes: A Conversation with Katt Shea". Full Circle Magazine. February 2009.
- Chris Nashawaty, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses - Roger Corman: King of the B Movie, Abrams, 2013 p 195-196.
- "Director Katt Shea talks about her 1980's Roger Corman produced films" TV Store Online February 3, 2015 Retrieved April 21, 2015.
- Donald Porter (June 1992). "Interview with Katt Shea". The Occasional Critic Blog – via Blogger.
- "Roger Corman's proteges -- A look at the new batch of mainstream movie makers, from Curtis Hanson to Katt Shea" by Tim Purtell". Entertainment Weekly. February 5, 1993.
- FILM REVIEW: A Low-Budget Gem in 'Streets' Teen Thriller K T. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] April 6, 1990: F9.
- How 'Poison Ivy' Got Its Sting: The studio wanted a teen-age 'Fatal Attraction.' Katt Shea's movie may be more than that. 'Poison Ivy': Art or Exploitation? By LAURIE HALPERN BENENSON. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y]May 3, 1992: 70.
- Rob Nelson, (March 17, 1999), "Katt in the Director's Chair" City Pages Archived May 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- Acting Classes
- Dateline Hollywood: 'Jurassic Park's' New Mark Pond, Steve. The Washington Post (1974-Current file) [Washington, D.C] 03 Sep 1993: G7.
- Scott Hallam (June 24, 2011). "Director Katt Shea Taps Erik Fellows to Haunt Dance of the Damned Remake". Dread Central. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
- Katt Shea Biography at Katt Shea