About Kat

Kat Cartusciello is an NYC-based composer, sound-designer, and musician.

She works as the Program Associate for American Lyric Theater and volunteers with Hear Your Song. Kat received her MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May 2021, and her BA (music) from Columbia University (departmental honors) in 2016. She is the recipient of the Max Dreyfus ASCAP Award and the Betty Green Fischoff Troupers Scholarship.

Kat's Resume (in PDF format).

Musicals in Development

Nima and the Jenn
Written with Thalia Ranjbar

Written with Jessie Field

Bass Guitar

Kat plays bass guitar regularly at 54 Below (with 16 performances since October 2021). She played bass for several solo shows and EP Albums including Wren Rivera’s Solo Show and Vaibu Mohan’s Pure Brown Noise. She also played bass in the pit for Charlotte Lucas is 27 and Not Dead (Piper Theater Company).

Recent credits

The Tattooed Lady
Associate Music Director
Philadelphia Theater Company

Ida Gibson is a grandma and model citizen, happily concealing her shocking past until a parade of tattooed ladies hijacks her living room to stage an otherworldly intervention. The Tattooed Lady is a rock musical about shattering taboos and a woman’s right to control her body and choose her destiny.

The Doctor is Dead
Post Production Sound Engineer
Apple Podcasts

A new musical audio drama created by é boylan. This contemporary fantasy for queer imaginations follows a secret society of trans outcasts living underground. Using their unique abilities to investigate a mysterious empty coffin, our outcasts discover what begins in the end.

Recent Commissions

The Pyramid: A Dance Moms Parody Musical
Kathryn Cole Productions

2.5 Breaths
Original Music/On-stage Musician
Lioraux House of the Arts

Original music
Short film by Josie Dwyer, directed by Miriam Grill

Winner of the Monmouth Film Festival and 22 other awards. Confronted with the sudden but long anticipated news that her estranged, drug addicted mother has passed away, twenty-three year old Norah finds herself at a crossroads. Only a few months sober herself, Norah wonders if this is the moment that will end up overtaking her.

Walks of Life Episode 2: “Apart Together”
Original Music
Book by Kerry Kazmierowictztrimm
La Jolla Playhouse, by Blindspot Collective

Original works (selected)

Then She Ran
Written with Alex Becker
Scranton Fringe Festival (10/2022), Feinstein’s 54 Below (2/2022), New Studio on Broadway (11/2021), AMDA (8/21)

Village Song
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Walks of Life
Blindspot Collective/La Jolla Playhouse

Lottery Ticket
The Latest Draft Podcast