Bio

Kat Zimmerman is a four time ASCAP PLUS+ award-winning composer, lyricist, writer and performer.  Her musical BUNDLED TOGETHER (with collaborator Claire Partin) premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival last summer.

Current projects include the musical HEARTLAND (with Claire Partin) and a musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's SAINT JOAN (with Claire Partin), which was recently workshopped at the Academy Repertory Company at New Musicals Inc., Los Angeles. Kat is also translating and adapting Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi as King Ubu: A Savage God with innovative playwright Makena Metz. 

Also in the works are a song cycle featuring poetry of Mary Oliver and Rumi, as well as an UBER-cycle featuring experiences and conversations with Uber drivers.

Kat's  songs have been featured at Carnegie Hall and in the Emmy award-winning HBO documentary Autism: The Musical. She has collaborated with artists including Jack Black, Stephen Stills, Rev Run, Rickey Minor and the American Idol Band and the Agape International Choir with Rickie Byars Beckwith. 

In addition, Kat has written musicals for children, teens, and young adults, including The Courage Club, Feinstein’s Dreams, and Everyday Heroes. Her work has been performed at the Broad Theater, the Geffen Playhouse, and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Originally from New York, Kat started her career as a classical singer and pianist with a passion for contemporary music, performing with Absolute Ensemble under conductor Kristjan Jårvi and the Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble, premiering works by Tobias Picker (Symphony for Soprano and Orchestra), Ernst Widmer, Aaron Jay Kernis, and William Kraft. Kat has performed at the United Nations, Davies Hall, San Francisco, the Aspen Music Festival, the Herbert von Karajan Center, Vienna, Wigmore Hall, London, Nice Festival D’Été, France, Fondation Royaumont, France, Aberdeen International Music Festival, and music festivals in Spain, Italy, and Israel. She has been featured in operas including The Rake’s Progress, The Yellow Wallpaper, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, La Boheme,  and MacBeth.  

Kat has scored music for the web series Beverly Hills Salon and other projects for media. She has composed sacred music in Hebrew, Sanskrit and Latin. Kat has served as music director for theater programs around greater Los Angeles including The Miracle Project, the HELP group, Vista Del Mar, The Country School, Kids on Stage and Los Angeles and Malibu-Santa Monica school districts, helming West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Once on This Island, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Music Man, The Lion King, Annie and The Wizard of Oz. Kat has created and facilitated songwriting and recording workshops for children, teens, and young adults, to foster positive self-esteem and self-advocacy through creativity.

Kat is also co-author (with her amazing husband Tom) of the children’s book Fun with Fred, published by Higher Ground Press.

Kat received her M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, B.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and is a proud Interlochen Arts Academy graduate, with additional studies at NYU, Vienna Conservatory, UCLA for composition/electronic music, Kirtan with Jai Uttal at Esalen and Indian classical vocal music with Suman Laha.