Cate Cohen is an actress and writer, most recently seen in recurring roles on JANE THE VIRGIN and HBO’s SILICON VALLEY.
Her career encompasses a wide range of work in theater, film, television, commercials, and voiceover. A performer equally adept at drama and comedy, Cate’s other performances include the critically-acclaimed productions of BROADWAY BOUND and DINNER WITH FRIENDS at La Mirada Theatre.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she grew up studying at The American Conservatory Theater and received her B.A. in Theater from UCLA.
Cate also spent several years dancing with the Radio City Rockettes. Her experience in the world’s most famous chorus line is the basis for her critically acclaimed one-woman show, OUT OF LINE, which was subsequently developed into a half-hour comedy pilot for ABC.
Cate’s goal as a teacher is to help actors discover – or rediscover – the joy of acting and to harness that joy to become a bold, creative force in their work and in their lives.
"By no longer looking to others for validation, but rather finding happiness and fun in the work, I have experienced the freedom to create. I now have ownership in knowing where and how I want to really grow. As a result, my work has improved more in class than the past decade of classes; and newfound confidence is now spilling into other areas of my life. I am forever thankful for Cate"
- Blaine Saunders, THE MIDDLE
"Since I’ve been taking Cate’s class I have seen tremendous growth in my approach to the work. She creates a place where I feel completely safe to play, allowing me the freedom to come to class with every part of me and just simply ‘BE.’ As a result, I approach my work not trying to impress onlookers by making the ‘right’ choices but simply to affect my scene partner. I’m deeply grateful to Cate and The BGB Studio for cultivating an environment conducive to artistic growth."
- Terrell Martin, CATCH
"Working with Cate gives you the license to make bold choices in a scene, and the safe environment to play, make mistakes, and figure out what works for you. I felt instantly empowered to experiment and have fun in my work. Additionally, watching my fellow actors grow in her class was almost as beneficial as getting to do the work myself. Cate is strong and kind–everything I want in an ongoing teacher."
- Anne Fidler, LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
"The gift that Cate gives me every week is a safe space for me to explore and ‘be present’ in my work. It is exciting and refreshing to study with someone who is not only a working actress, but is also in class. Cate’s honesty about her struggles and success is very freeing, and creates that safety. Her insight into how to ‘play’ with a scene helps me to break old patterns and gain new awareness about myself and my instrument. Even more than ‘teaching’, Cate facilitates my growth and flexibility as I do ‘the work.’ Now when I go to auditions and do workshops with casting directors, I feel free to play without worrying about how I’m doing. So fun!"
- Mary Kathleen Gordon, THE REAL O'NEALS
"Because of Cate, I know I have found a home at BGB to play in the work. A space built on trust, on presence, on acceptance of the moment, to share and get feedback, to fail and laugh, to build my art on my own terms."
- Rebecca Gomberg, THE WEST AND THE RUTHLESS
"Cate just makes actors better. She's really smart, highly intuitive and understands what it takes to find success in the work and the Industry."
- Steve Braun, BGB Founder