Theater and Film
B.S. June 2011, Summa cum Laude
Home College: City
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Barbara Odabashian, English, John Jay
Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship
Albert Simic Theater Award
A lifetime member of the Actors Studio, N.Y. Women in Film and Television, and the Norman Mailer Society, as well as the acting unions, Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity, Catherine Haase has had an amazing career that spans over 30 years. She has appeared in over 15 films, including Another 48 Hrs, The Kill-Off and The Ballad of Little Jo, on the stage in New York, Edinburgh, Berlin and London, and has been a company member of Cherry Lane Alternative, the Actors Laboratory Company Berlin, and the English Speaking Theatre Frankfurt, among others. She teaches acting at the School of Visual Arts and has been a workshop leader at the Actors Studio. She recently returned from teaching at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin; she has studied with such luminaries as Estelle Parsons, Vivian Nathan, Frank Corsaro and Walter Lott. She is the author of Acting for Film (Allworth Press, 2003), a book based on her experience as an actress and faculty member in the Film, Video and Animation department at SVA and as the director of SVA’s Screenwriters Night.
Haase started college in 1972 at Franconia College in New Hampshire, and resumed taking college courses in 1997. Saying CUNY BA appealed to her because of her eclectic performing arts background, Haase came in 2008 to study “Theatre and Film” under the direction of Prof. Barbara Odabashian, English, John Jay College. Her area courses, taken at Hunter, City College and John Jay, included Shakespeare, Hitchcock, Playwriting, Writing for TV, Play Analysis, The Criminal Film and an Independent Study in Method Acting for Film Directors, which she completed in Germany, by teaching a 3-week Seminar at the German Film Academy in Berlin, attending the Berlin Film Festival and producing a research paper. Since 2008 and continuing today, she teaches intensive acting workshops for the Bad Wurttemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, Germany. She expects her book to be published in German. In her area, she achieved a 3.92 GPA, and a 3.87 GPA overall.