Kate Townsend

Kate Townsend

Director, Producer, Executive Producer


Kate Townsend is an American director, producer, and writer. She is best known for her work in the television series “American Crime Story” and “Big Little Lies.”

Townsend was born in Los Angeles, California and attended Pepperdine University where she majored in Media Studies. After college, Townsend began her career working as an assistant director on feature films. She then transitioned to become a production coordinator for reality television shows.

In 2011, Townsend made her directorial debut in the television series “American Horror Story.” She also directed a number of episodes for the series “Blue Bloods” and “Bones.” In 2015, Townsend moved into directing full-length films, helming the horror comedy “The Final Girls.”

In 2016, Townsend directed the Emmy-nominated documentary series “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.” She went on to direct episodes of the hit series “Big Little Lies” and “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

Townsend is an active member of the Directors Guild of America and has been nominated for numerous awards for her work, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Townsend is also an active member of the Women in Film organization, which promotes the visibility of female directors in the entertainment industry. She has been vocal about the need for more women in positions of power in the industry and is an advocate for pay equality.

Townsend is currently directing and producing a feature film about the life of the late musician Prince. She is also attached to direct the upcoming film “The Gilded Cage” and is developing a television series for ABC.

Townsend is dedicated to creating powerful and compelling stories for her audiences. She is passionate about telling stories that feature strong female characters and explore issues of social justice. Townsend is a driving force in the film and television industry and her work is sure to continue to inspire.