Friday, November 1, 2013
Major and degree earned: B.A. in Theatre, B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities
Graduation year: 1997
Current role: Voice of Disney's Snow White
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Now living in: Los Angeles, CA
My parents were alumni. I always dreamed of attending MSU. It's the only school to which I applied!
When I first changed my major to theatre, I met with Professor Frank Rutledge, he encouraged me to get involved, to soak it all up as it were. I did that at MSU and I've continued to do that in my professional career. I meet people and network. I learn everything I can about all areas of the industry and when I can, I branch out and produce my own work. Dr. Dixie Durr, pulled me aside when I was at MSU and told me to move to New York after graduation insisting that I had what it takes to start in a larger market rather than a smaller one. I took her advice and never looked back. It was her belief in my talent that helped give me the confidence to really pursue my dreams.
Well, thanks to a nomination from my beloved acting professor Joyce Ramsay, I was nominated for and won the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. I was asked to stand and be recognized during the university-wide convocation alongside the Rhode Scholar! That was pretty special. That's followed by a close second: being lowered on a wire from the rafters of Wharton Center every night during our production of "Angels in America." Budgets were tight then. I wore a hand-me-down harness and the winch was powered by a handheld drill!
See Frank's advice to me above. Also, you'll never again be in a place where so many areas of study are available to you in one location at one time. Look around! And don't forget to have fun.
Katherine Von Till (MSU '97) holds the distinction of being the 4th official voice of Disney's Snow White since the inception of the character in 1937. She voices the princess for toys, video games, theme parks, and animated programs. Katie's other voice work includes commercials for Netflix, Toyota, IHOP, Honda and Skechers as well as video games such as "Lego Batman 2," "Medal of Honor," "Watchmen," and "How to Train Your Dragon." Additionally, Katie made guest appearances on "Robot Chicken" and "Sofia the First." She is among an elite group of women to have been the voice of a TV network having spent six months as the promo voice for The Style Network. No stranger to on-camera work, Katie shot episodes of "The Middle," "How I Met Your Mother," "Community" (recurring), "Better With You," "The Tonight Show" (recurring sketch player), and "The Unit." She has appeared on CBS's "Mom," two episodes FX’s "Anger Management" and "Sam & Cat" on Nickelodeon. She was seen in film festival darlings Zombie Prom and Timer and worked with director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) in When the Kids Are Away. You likely saw her in a couple of Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt commercials with the ever-handsome John Stamos. KVT toured the US in the Broadway first national tour of Little Shop of Horrors (Jerry Zaks, dir., Kathleen Marshall, chor.). At LA’s famed Reprise Theatre Company, she played alongside Eden Espinosa in Flora the Red Menace and in Sunday in the Park with George, directed by Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander. She performed with Cheyenne Jackson in Reprise’s reading of It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, transferring with that same show to New York City’s The York Theatre. Katie originated the roles of Jayne & Miss Benson in It Came from Beyond (Jeff Calhoun, dir., Colony/New York Musical Theatre Festival). At Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, Katherine shared the stage with Michael Learned in Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch. In her hometown of San Jose, she performed the role of Ellen in the hit production of Miss Saigon (a co-production with Papermill Playhouse and AMTSJ). Her most recent stage appearance was with Symphony Silicon Valley as Adelaide in their production of Guys and Dolls. The LA Times proclaimed that KVT has "electrifying vocals that incinerate the house." Lending her voice to The 16th and 17th Annual A Night at Sardi’s star-studded benefits for the Alzheimer’s Association, Katie shared the stage with Dick Van Dyke, Zachary Quinto, Kristin Bell, Zachary Levi, Vanessa Williams, Katey Sagal, Sean Hayes, Lea Thompson, Steven Weber and many others. You can hear Katherine sing on the original cast recordings of LA hits Bark! The Musical (Kay Cole, dir.), and Jesus’ Kid Brother.