Dr. Tate currently serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, providing in-house services and expertise in program design, monitoring, assessment, and evaluation; serving as a resource to staff in areas such as academic motivation, professional development for educators, and cultural policy; and managing a variety of small-to-large-scale research projects targeting key issues in education and the arts.
As a consultant, Dr. Tate also provides research, evaluation, and advancement services to community-based organizations working in education and healthcare. KTA/LLC clients have included Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, East L.A. Classic Theatre, Troubadour Theatre Company, Voices in Harmony, Luckman Fine Arts Center, and Downey Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent projects include a large-scale evaluation of Women's Health Center operations at the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center and a utilization-focused assessment of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's School Visit Program.
During her 30-year career in regional theatre, Dr. Tate has worked as a producer, actor, director, and educator at companies such as South Coast Repertory, Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Alaska Repertory Theatre. Management positions include serving as producer for Shakespeare Orange County and associate artistic director and director of education for Tacoma Actors Guild. Her numerous teaching and coaching assignments have been at both the university and professional levels – as an adjunct professor at both Chapman University and the University of Southern California, she authored and taught courses in theatre, education, and practice-based research methods. Educational projects in non-academic settings have included leading workshops for arts managers, funders, and classroom teachers; designing and managing community outreach activities; and creating and directing school-based and recreational youth arts programs.
Dr. Tate holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and an Ed.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.