About The Katydids

Meet the Katydids

The Katydids are a six member ensemble whose names all happen to be derived from Katherine. They are creators, executive producers, writers and actors of the TV Land comedy Teachers.


The Katydids have created and produced successful short videos, some of which have been featured on such sites as The Huffington Post, MTV, Perez Hilton, Smosh, Cosmopolitan, Italy’s Vanity Fair, College Humor, and The Onion. Collectively, they have performed for The Second City Touring Company, Broadway in Chicago, and TBS’ Just for Laughs.

Caitlin Barlow

“Caitlin Barlow plays the ultra liberal and overly passionate Ms. Cannon on Teachers. Barlow, along with The Katydids write, star and executive produce the series alongside Alison Brie (Community) and showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (Key and Peele).

Ironically, Barlow was an actual teacher and earned her M.A. in Bilingual Education from DePaul University. She taught fourth grade in Chicago Public Schools before moving to Los Angeles. A native of Illinois, she earned her B.A. in history from Illinois State University in 2006. After graduation, she taught English in Osaka, Japan for a year and then returned to Chicago in 2007 to pursue teaching and performance opportunities.

In Chicago, when she wasn’t trying to get nine year olds interested in fractions, Barlow performed in many improv and sketch reviews at the iO Theater, The Annoyance Theater and Second City. She helped form The Katydids in 2009 and soon thereafter the group began performing improv shows at various blackbox theaters in Chicago. They then moved onto comedic shorts, sketch shows and eventually their web series, Teachers.


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Katy Colloton

Katy Colloton plays the unintentionally narcissistic Ms. Chelsea Snap on Teachers. Katy is a writer, actor and improviser. She received her B.A. in theater and psychology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

After college, Katy moved to Chicago, where she performed with the Second City House Ensemble, iO Chicago, The Playground Theater and The Annoyance Theatre. She was selected to perform her solo material at Just For Laughs Chicago, appeared in the award-winning Vimeo series, Break-ups, and TimeOut Chicago called her the "breakout" performer at the 2013 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Katy currently resides in Los Angeles.


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Cate Freedman

Cate Freedman plays the less than traditional Ms. Feldman on Teachers. Born and raised in Chicago, Freedman is an alumna of iO Chicago and The Second City National Touring Company. She has acted in a number of series and shorts on Comedy Central, HBO and The Esquire Network, and also appears in the feature film The Disaster Artist.

Freedman earned a Best Actress nomination at the 2011 Midwest Independent Film Festival for her performance in the Vimeo improvised series, Break-ups. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she enjoys watching WWE, Mr. Robot and Seinfeld reruns.


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Kate Lambert

Kate Lambert plays the type A, hopeless romantic Ms. Caroline Watson on Teachers. She previously lived in Chicago where she performed in The Second City Mainstage revue, Let Them Eat Chaos. Bust Magazine called her “sardonic and spot on”, and shorts in which she acted and wrote have been featured on The Huffington Post, MTV, MoveOn.Org, Cosmopolitan, Feministing, College Humor, and Italy’s Vanity Fair.

Kate is an alum of The Second City Touring Company and iO Chicago. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 Gold Coast Film Festival (Teachers, Fairy Tales) and has appeared in ad campaigns for Clorox, Bosch, and FedEx. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she improvises at iO West and UCB. Kate is dying to see Billy Joel in concert and still dreams of being a mermaid.


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Katie O'Brien

Katie O'Brien plays the naive and deeply yearning Ms. Mary-Louise Bennigan on Teachers. Originally from Omaha, NE, O'Brien lived in Chicago, where she performed with the iO Theater and Second City. Katie was also the youngest cast member to perform in Nora Ephron's, Love, Loss and What I Wore with Broadway in Chicago.

While embracing the Chicago improv culture, O’Brien joined The Katydids and the group began doing shows, later moving on to comedic shorts, sketch shows and their web series, Teachers.

Katie is a writer, actor and producer on TV Land's Teachers and she has also appeared on Key & Peele. Katie currently lives in Los Angeles where she performs at iO West and UCB. She loves Bruce Springsteen.

Kathryn Renée Thomas

Kathryn Renée Thomas plays the dark and angsty Mrs. Adler on Teachers. She is an actor, writer, producer, and nice Midwestern girl. The Detroit native has credits with The Second City, the iO Theater, and The Annoyance Theatre. She attended the The University of Michigan, where she had the honor of performing for legendary playwright Arthur Miller in An Arthur Miller Celebration, which was directed by Tony® nominee Mark Lamos.

Detroit's Between the Lines magazine gave Kathryn a Wilde Award for Best Actress in an Original Production for her portrayal of Dottie in Before and Laughter (Planet Ant Theatre). She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Gold Coast Film Festival for her performance in the Teachers Web Series.

Kathryn loves her dog, black coffee, and her husband.


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