Katie Travis has a passion for professional visual storytelling, striving for excellence in every area she has entered. She's visionary as a film director and eager to collaborate to tell stories through one of the world's most powerful mediums - the motion pictures.
New York born Katie Travis grew up in a theatrical family. In 1999, she moved to Minnesota where she currently lives. At the age of eight Katie was hired as a performer in the stage show "Illusion & Beyond" and was part of its USA tour until 2007. For the past eighteen years she has been trained in classical ballet and performance; with thirteen of those years spent at Reign Dance Theater, a non-profit theatrical dance organization. Since age twelve Katie has been contracted by Reign Dance Theater as Graphic and Media Designer creating promotional materials: posters, flyers, promo videos, website, and performance event dvds. Her gifts in storytelling and visual orchestration was realized around that same time and led to her passion for the film industry.
After graduating from high school in 2010, Katie Travis enrolled in Minneapolis Community and Technical College's A.S. degree program majoring in Cinema: Directing and Producing, where she trained in the art of filmmaking under Santanu Chatterjee, Hafed Bouassida, Bix Skahill, and other professors. While there she had the opportunity to use 16mm cameras, direct a short film shot on RED - the industry's leading digital camera, as well as work with SAG through their Student Films Contract. Her thesis film project "The Golden Key" - the story of a young boy finding hope to keep going beyond grief - was set in the timeframe of the 1800s and was filmed on location in Hector, MN. "The Golden Key" won MCTC's 2012 Cinema Excellence Awards for Directing, Cinematography, Editing, and was a Finalist for Screenwriting.
Katie Travis has experience in a wide range of filmmaking skills. She has served in positions of Director, Producer, Screenwriter, and Editor on many projects; as well as, Assistant Director, Actor, Assistant Editor, and Sound Designer. Beyond narrative storytelling, she has done documentary projects, training videos, multi-camera shoots and editing, interviews, promotional videos, and special events such as theatrical performances, weddings, and bat mitzvahs.
She just released her most recent short film "Summoned" and is currently in the early stages of pre-production on her first feature film. Katie's dream is to bring quality, high-standard, feature film production to Minnesota with the goal of telling powerfully inspiring heroic stories in what has become a very dark industry.