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Spotlight On: Kat Blair



Connecticut Theatre Company’s “Spotlight On…” series continues with a look into our talented cast and crew of Nine. Get to know Kat Blair who is portraying Carla Albanese!



Introduce Yourself to Our Audience:

My name is Kat Blair, and I will be playing the role of Carla in CTC’s production of Nine.


Why did you want to be involved in this production?

I wanted to be involved in this production because I thought it would be a great challenge for me.


How do you prepare for a new role or character, and what techniques do you use?

I like to do research into the time period my character existed in, and find inspirations for them in the people that I have met in real life. Every character I play is an amalgamation of different folks that I have encountered throughout the years.


What do you love about your character?

I love how she pushes the boundaries of what I’ve been comfortable playing. I don’t see myself as a particularly saucy person, so having to embrace that part of myself on stage has been a journey for me.


What challenges did you face bringing the script to life?

Definitely the accent. I’ve been listening to old Italian women reading nursery rhymes and bedtime stories in my free time in hopes that it’ll help me get the intonation right.


Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?

My greatest inspiration in acting is Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. The way she completely embodied that role in such a way that her performance still remains iconic to this day is something I truly admire. 


What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?

Usually make sure I don’t throw up. 


What is your favorite film or theater production and why?

My favorite theater production is Hadestown—I love Greek mythology and appreciate the modern retelling of the classic story of Orpheus and Eurydice.


Nine opens May 17th and runs through June 2nd at Connecticut Theatre Company. Tickets on sale now!


“A galloping fantasy [with a] ravishingly inventive and tuneful score.” – The New York Times