Cate’s work is informed by her commitment to telling women’s stories. Her characters resist the violence of being silenced; they insist on being heard. Her plays mostly end with the protagonist keeping on keeping on, having neither achieved what she thought she wanted, nor giving up completely. There is hope but not too much. There is relationship but it is tenuous.
She studied playwriting at the Kenyon Playwriting Conference, and community-based theater at Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles. She holds academic degrees from the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is the author of scholarly essays on feminist theory and theater.
She has also published a poetry chapbook, Failing Better, with Finishing Line Press. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Colorado-Denver, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Colorado Theater Guild.