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Kat Evasco

Award-Winning Queer Stand Up Comedian, Writer, Performance Artist, and Educator

Kat Evasco is best known for her national touring autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest, co-written and directed by John Caldon. She has performed at venues including the Haha Cafe, San Jose Improv, the Purple Onion, Napa Valley Opera House, Logan Center for the Arts, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and FringeArts. Evasco’s current projects…

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Kat Evasco is best known for her national touring autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest, co-written and directed by John Caldon. She has performed at venues including the Haha Cafe, San Jose Improv, the Purple Onion, Napa Valley Opera House, Logan Center for the Arts, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and FringeArts.

Evasco’s current projects include the development of Prieto, a solo show written and performed by nationally acclaimed poet and undocumented activist, Yosimar Reyes, in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas. 

She is also developing and directing a new solo show by poet and spoken word artist, Jason Bayani, called Locus of Control. She is the co-director of Resilience Archives created by Mia Nakano, and launched Performing Resilience, a personal narrative storytelling program aimed to help people tap into their own power by reclaiming moments in their lives when their human spirit was activated.

Evasco is a recipient of the Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant, NextGen Art Professional Development Grant, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant. She holds a BA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.

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Mommy Queerest
Mommy Queerest, written by Kat Evasco and John Caldon, and performed by Kat Evasco, tells the story of a young lesbian and her closeted lesbian mother reclaiming of their sexuality in their own ways. Drawing on her experience as a stand-up comic and comedic actress, Kat narrates this unconventional coming-out tale and tackles conflict with humorous insight, while illustrating the experience of being a Filipina lesbian, gay Christian, survivor of sexual abuse and young American just trying to get some.

Stand Up Comedy & Comedic Storytelling
Kat Evasco started performing at open mics at the legendary Brainwash in San Francisco in 2007 and have since performed at venues across the country including the Haha Cafe, San Jose Improv, the Purple Onion, Napa Valley Opera House, Logan Center for the Arts, Bovard Auditorium, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and FringeArts. Her comedy is inspired by her lived experiences as a queer Filipina immigrant.

Kat was invited by Anna Deveare Smith to take her “Personal Narratives and Global Identities” intensive in June 2014, introducing me to the idea that by exploring our own narratives, we are able to connect more deeply with the world. Performing Mommy Queerest across the country, she experience first-hand how my story connects with audiences. Inspired by a combination of both experiences, she designed a personal narrative storytelling workshop, which she have shared across the country with an array of diverse groups. What excites me most about this work is witnessing participants reclaim their power by sharing a story about a profound moment in their lives when their human spirit was activated. Kat lead workshop participants through a dynamic process of three core components:

1. Activate
Participants explore and revisit a moment in their lives that changed the way they looked at the world, eventually altering the way they move in the world. This connects them to a moment in their lives where they tapped into their own power and where their human spirit was activated.

2. Connect
Participants share and perform their stories for the class, creating opportunities to connect with one another by practicing empathy.

3. Amplify
One story sparks another story to emerge. Participants are ignited by the power they see in their peers and themselves, amplifying community and love.

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