To enter Queen of the Night at the Diamond Horseshoe beneath the Paramount Hotel is to enter a realm of fantasy and indulgence, but the spectacle is only as spectacular as its star, and Katherine Crockett is most definitely spectacular. Playing the role of the Marchesa in this immersive masterpiece, which opens on Sunday, Katherine uses her vast experience in dance and performance to thrust audiences into a world of wonder. Her career began at the young age of fourteen as an apprentice at the Ballet Metropolitan in OH. She began her artistic pursuits in New York City at the Martha Graham School of Dance, and remains one of Graham's principal dancers. Katherine danced in David Fincher's hit film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as well as in major events at the Cannes Film Festival and VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. For her next project, she will be starring in a new film, Fall to Rise, which is currently in post production. Today, we are lucky to get Katherine off the stage (alas, only for a few minutes) and On the Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
The incredible, supportive and loving friends and family I have in my life.
What was your proudest moment?
Walking down the aisle with my Mom and Dad by my side and the love of my life waiting for me at the altar.
What is your favorite drink?
Divine Grape Kombucha!
What is your favorite food?
Avocado, oh and the vegan chocolate cake from Life Thyme health food store!
What is your favorite condiment?
Guacamole ( is that even a condiment) , I also love chipotle mayonnaise.
What is your current obsession?
Reading Martha Graham's Notebooks, and this show Queen of the Night!!!
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
To let go of grudges easier. I can be a bit stubborn when someone wrongs me, and I hold on to it much longer than I should. I'd like to just let those things go.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
To continue to produce, and create new work collaborating with artists that inspire me and to have the opportunities and support to make that possible.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Not getting enough massages or rest!
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Do what you love with passion and commitment!
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Worrying too much.
What in the world most thrills you?
The adventurous risk of diving into unknown territory, and letting go into the moment.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
I wouldn't say I'm irritated by it. To each his own.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
Wardrobe malfunction! I was in a rehearsal showing for some new board members of The Martha Graham Company and the halter top leotard I was wearing came unhooked during my solo. I got it back up pretty fast, and didn't miss a beat, but the audience was wide awake after that!
What is your favorite place in the world?
A place in Northern CA in the Klamath- Siskiyou area where my family has land. There is an incredible spot called Clear Creek were we go to swim. The energy and beauty of this place is truly sacred. In fact, The Karuk Native American tribe in the area still hold an annual ceremony for the healing the world at this exact spot.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
A loving heart and a good sense of humor.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I love both cats and dogs, I'm a huge animal rights defender. My Chinese astrology is the dog, so I probably tend towards them a bit more.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
It already is the best day of my life because I am here alive, and have my health, and my loved ones have theirs too, and I am doing what I love, surrounded by people in my life who believe in me and care for me. I am grateful for this moment and for the gift of being alive. ( and if I could be somewhere warm surrounded by nature that would be a delicious bonus!)
What is your personal motto?
“Follow your Bliss and don't be afraid and doors will open to you where you didn't know they were going to be.” Joseph Campbell.