RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2023
Katey Darling is a multi-hyphenate producer and performer who draws heavily from her theatre training, borrowing key ideologies from ensembles and company troupes. She believes that finding good people is like finding gold and is especially passionate about bringing artists together and equipping them to positively impact the world through the power of storytelling.
Currently, she is developing a slate of original projects including comedy, dramedy, impact series, horror, and suspense, all of which are meant to inspire, challenge, and/or compel the audience. Previous productions include the episodic psychological thriller, Interrogation, which she also wrote and starred in, and which was released on Amazon Prime.
As a freelancer, she has worked on productions with HBO, Paramount, Lionsgate, ABC (Shondaland), Amazon, and Netflix. Previous work also includes VP of Strategic Alliances with Film Festival Flix, and co-producing the launch of the North Hollywood CineFest, an annual international film festival in the heart of the world famous “NoHo Arts District.” Prior to this, she spent several years working in the corporate world in various Public Relations roles, specializing primarily in strategic alliance building and corporate video producing. During this time, she co-produced the Emmy Nominated PSA Casa Colina with Todd Covelli and was responsible for developing and producing over 1,000 corporate/nonprofit videos for a variety of different clients/purposes.
A member of SAG-AFTRA, she gravitates toward acting projects which align with her storytelling values, and she has released a number of original songs including “Somebody’s Angel.” Her current musical projects are focused primarily on production music.
Having grown up in Los Angeles, she completed her undergraduate education in San Diego, CA, graduating Cum Laude with 3 Bachelor of Arts degrees including Communications (Theatre), Musical Composition, and Vocal Performance. She is currently completing the Business and Management of Entertainment certificate at the University of California Los Angeles extension.
While her favorite activity is usually working on her next project, she also enjoys swing dancing, Wing Chun (kung fu), traveling, and spontaneously joining any “puppy party” that she can crash in the park.
After an extensive search and interview process, 20 individuals were invited to participate in the Los Angeles Cohort of RespectAbility’s 2023 Entertainment Lab taking place May 1 – June 9, 2023. This 6-week Lab aims to develop and elevate the talent pipeline of disabled entertainment professional working behind-the-scenes in television, film, and streaming, while connecting them with industry professionals and creatives. Participants include people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health, and other disabilities ranging in age the 20’s through the 50’s. The Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award.