Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Laura Tate
Laura Tate, one of four daughters of a Southern beauty and an opera singer father, grew up in Dallas and began singing in front of audiences at the age of nine. While majoring in voice at the University of North Texas, she had the chance to tour with a theater repertory company – and she has worked as an actor and singer ever since. After training at the Herbert Berghoff Studio School of Acting and the Stella Alder School of Acting in New York, she performed off-Broadway and in other NYC productions as well as theaters in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Dallas and on musical touring companies.
In Los Angeles, Laura’s career turned first toward television with appearances in programs and series on every major network, HBO, and several cable channels. At the same time, what began as a gig in on-set craft services on set blossomed into a new career directing music videos, documentaries, and commercials. Working on music videos across the country, Laura collaborated with a wide variety of musicians including Phil Collins, Gloria Estefan, MegaDeath, and Cheap Trick. One of her documentaries, “Held in Trust” narrated by Ossie Davis and Colin Powell, garnered national acclaim, receiving the PBS Golden Apple for Education and induction into the Smithsonian Institute Film Archives.
Today Laura lives in El Paso, a unique and vibrant community at the edge of Texas, New Mexico, and the state of Chihuahua. Well-known for her volunteer work for local women’s shelters, Alzheimer’s Association, Junior League, and many social justice causes, Laura received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Returning to college as an adult, she finished her bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in theater at the University of Texas-El Paso.
Laura’s other passion is cooking for friends and family. After feeding her music video crew so many times, they convinced her to start her own cooking show. Born out of Laura’s generous spirit and hostess with the most-est hospitality, the first episode of Laura Tate’s Table was just filmed which features her music.
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