Kat O'Brien is a writer, producer, story consultant, and changemaker operating in Hollywood and throughout the international marketplace for nearly 20 years.
Story Editor turned screenwriter, Kat O'Brien actively creates original content for film, television, and digital platforms; focusing primarily on comedy, satire, and true stories with social justice themes that elevate historically underrepresented voices. Sought-after for her keen storytelling instincts and unique comedic voice, Kat has been hired to rewrite adaptations, reboot a beloved comedy franchise, and was entrusted to pen the sequel to China's first-ever romantic comedy, cult-favorite Waiting Alone. Whether writing original content or adapting the works of others, Kat gravitates towards purpose-driven content, and is passionate about helping those stories find their audiences.
She continually cultivates her expertise in story development as both a screenwriter and story consultant, developing projects with some of Hollywood’s most respected companies and internationally acclaimed filmmakers. In her consultancy, Kat provides expert story analysis, and script consultation for studios, production companies, and independent filmmakers. Every year for the past decade, Kat's clients have won or been nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, and Emmys.
Outside of her work in Hollywood, Kat is a teaching artist and community activist with a passion for building pathways to platforms for underrepresented voices, and mentoring up-and-coming content creators.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic public school closures, Kat has become a contributor to PBS' At-Home Learning in support of parents and educators and she continues to develop content and initiatives in the education and activism space. She is the Executive Producer of We Still Teach, a partnership between the Chicago Teachers Union and Fox32/My50, a show that puts teachers on television to help Chicago bridge the digital divide and raise awareness for the imbalance of equity and access to opportunity during remote learning.
From 2008-2010, Kat served as the Communications Co-Director of Generation Obama: Los Angeles and its transition organization, Generation for Change. For the past decade, Kat has focused her community organizing efforts in support of local politics, prioritizing her advocacy around equitable access and inclusion in public education, healthcare, and public safety. Kat remains steadfast in her commitment to serving her community and currently serves as parent rep and Chair of the Local School Council at LaSalle Language Academy.
Kat lives in Chicago with her husband and two young sons.