Kate Diaz is a composer, songwriter, and producer based in LA.
She is the composer and co-lyricist of Redwood, a new musical that will premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in February 2024 (book/co-lyricist/director Tina Landau, starring Idina Menzel). Kate co-wrote the end title song for A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting (HBO documentary film) with Menzel and also produced the song, which is streaming. Other recent projects include composing music for the March 2023 release of Fortnite (Epic Games video game), scoring The Last House Standing (feature documentary film) and co-scoring The Beachbuds (Disney+ animated series) and two docu-series. Her pop/rock songs have been placed on multiple tv shows (Love Island, Catfish, Home and Away), and she has written theme songs for podcasts (ESPN). Kate also composes scores for trailers and ads (Epic Games, Disney+, Hulu, AppleTV+, Fox, Ford, Subaru, NASCAR, Pür Water Filters).
A multi-instrumentalist, Kate self-produces her scores and songs. She is endorsed by Godin Guitars and has released five albums of original songs. A performing songwriter from a young age, Kate has played hundreds of shows (including at Chicago House of Blues, Lollapalooza's Kidzapalooza, Summerfest, Earth Day Festival on the National Mall). Reviewers describe her as an "accomplished guitar player" with "an astonishing voice" whose songs have "clever lyrical content" and "natural rhythmic flow."
Originally from the Chicago area, Kate graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude, as a history/political science major. She also graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music, as a Contemporary Writing & Production major and guitar principal.