Kathryn Mowat Murphy - Broadway's Fiery Phenom
Well known for her uncompromising work ethic and inspirational outlook on life, Kathryn Mowat-Murphy has been a powerhouse in the Broadway and fitness worlds for over twenty years. Originally from New Zealand, Kat relocated to New York City in the 90's, and has been dazzling not only the Big Apple, but the entire world ever since.
Fitness has always been a major part of Kat's life. After studying kinesiology at the University of Otago, dance piqued her interest. Upon auditioning for the New Zealand School of Dance in her early 20's Kathryn was accepted into the prestigious three year program, a feat that is unheard of for a female dancer with no formal training. After a mere two years of ballet training, she performed in the corps of Swan Lake at the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. Here her natural talent flourished, paving the foundation for her to dominate the Great White Way. Upon arriving in NYC, Kat quickly became a top fitness professional, teaching and training, as well as appearing in fitness videos for Reebok and several independent fitness companies.
While still loving her fitness career and continuing as a personal trainer, Kathryn has been mesmerizing theatre audiences for years. Appearing in the Broadway and Equity National Tours of Chicago, Fosse, Sweet Charity, Pal Joey and A Chorus Line , Kathryn also performed a solo she choreographed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Labyrinth Dance Theatre. She made her directorial debut at the Algonquit Theatre co-directing A Chorus Line with Luis Villabon, and most recently fascinated audiences as Nicky in Sweet Charity, a production in which she also served as associate choreographer.
During her travels around the world performing, Kathryn discovered that staying fit for her shows could be a difficult task. This inspired her to formulate a high intensity workout that could be done anywhere. And so, KatMoJAM was devised to keep her fit and at the top of her game. Utilizing a combination of dance, kickboxing, yoga and resistance training to create a high octane calorie burn, it is structured in a tiered manner to allow for those in any fitness level to enjoy and benefit from the workout. Set to an energizing soundtrack, the 55-minute regimen serves not only to increase your fitness, but also to revitalize your soul and sense of confidence.
Quite fortunately I discovered KatMoJAM last year whilst looking for a new workout that would captivate my mind, body and soul, while taking into consideration several old injuries from my days as a haphazard, daredevil athlete. After trying a variety of fitness programs, none of which were beneficial or engaging, meeting Kathryn and attending KatMoJAM felt as if I had finally found the Holy Grail of fitness. The moment she steps into the room, the surge of positive energy explodes off the chart.