Milazzo of Carmel named Best Actress


By Terri Spilman



The road to Hollywood is being well paved with accolades and new opportunities for aspiring young actress and Carmel High School student, Kate Milazzo.

Kate garnered the award for Best Actress at the 2015 Indiana Thespian Conference for her role as Electra in “The Importance of Being Electra,” a play loosely based on the Oscar Wilde comedy written by Jim Peterson, director of theatre and film at Carmel High School.

“State was probably one of the best experiences of my life,” Milazzo said about participating in the competition in which troupes from qualifying schools throughout the state have 45 minutes to set-up, perform a play and tear-down the set.

Kate began acting in school programs at the age of 5 while living in California. Her family relocated from the west coast to the Midwest and was pleasantly surprised at the thriving atmosphere for the arts in Carmel.

“It’s like football in Texas – theater here is really serious. I was really blown away,” Joel Milazzo, father, said who has a musical background and has provided technical assistance for several productions in which his daughter has appeared.

Recently, Milazzo became the youngest actress to be invited to participate in “The New Harmony Project” which is billed as the “Sundance” for writers who write television, movies or plays.

This fall brings additional opportunities as she has been named one of four directors who will be directing their own One Act play and has made the cast for the school’s production of “Girls Like That,” for the upcoming IndyFringe.

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