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About Catherine

How will I know I am shining? Because I will feel it.

Midwest born and bred, I transplanted myself to Seattle in 2009. I’ve long loved Seattle’s history of innovation nestled among lush greenery and dense neighborhoods and have developed a deeper appreciation for the land and its stewards. Initially arriving in Seattle to practice theatre, I evolved my love for theatre directing, history, dramaturgy—contextual research, season planning, script development—and production management into a focus on project management and web design. As a web designer and project manager, I aid the expression of unique voices in live performance and digital media with a holistic approach. View my resume to learn more.

Studying web design at Seattle Central College, I discovered that modern web and UX/UI design are a natural extension of my life-long theatre practice. When starting any project including both web and performance, the first contextual research questions we ask are the same: Why did we choose this platform for our production? What do we want the attendee to take away from their experience and interactions? What information does someone need to feel a certain way and is the path clear to that result? When someone attends a production as an audience member, will they be able to have an integrated, holistic experience supported by the mission and purpose of the producers? When someone visits the theatre or a website or interacts with an app, are they easily able to get the most out of their experience? I develop frameworks, consult on projects, and implement ways to bridge the gap between viewer and creator to answer these questions.

Catherine Blake Smith
Photo by Adam Boender
Illustration by Kathryn Rathke

In my free time, I love to cook, write, and ride my bike:

Read my cooking newsletter: is this emotional labor?
Catch up on my creative process in my blog
Understand Why I Love the Bicycle – Swift Industries Blog
Cycling to combat food insecurity with Pedaling Relief Project