Katie grew up in Dorset and started learning piano at a young age, also taking up the saxophone as soon as her hands were big enough to hold the keys (inspired by childhood idol Lisa Simpson). She then took up the cello and singing and continued her musical education as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, which gave her invaluable skills and experience in musicianship and performing. She first became involved in composition while studying for her undergraduate degree in Music at The University of Birmingham, composing for student plays alongside her studies. She then specialised in composition with an MA Musical Theatre (Composition Pathway) at Goldsmiths, University of London and an MSc Composition for Screen at The University of Edinburgh in conjunction with Edinburgh College of Art, where she enjoyed collaborating with screenwriters, directors and animators.
Musical theatre projects include: an adaptation of Behind Enchanted Windows by German author Cornelia Funke; Julia Peculiar, a new musical about teenage mental health; and Would Like To Meet, a comedy musical about online dating. She is also working on two television projects. Katie was Composer in Residence with Theatre Sotto Voce, with whom she collaborated on new musical Murder In Whitechapel, giving a voice to the victims of Jack the Ripper; and their site-specific production of Romeo and Juliet. She also works every summer with postgraduate writing students at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on their 15-minute musical projects.
She has had her choral works performed all over the country, and was commissioned by Acorns Children's Hospice to write a 25th Anniversary Anthem for their choir.
By day, Katie works for literary agent Georgina Ruffhead at The Haworth Agency, who represent screenwriters and playwrights across theatre, film, television and radio.