Kate Franklin was born in North Bay, Ontario. She received her early dance education at Barbara Treleaven School of Dancing, then undertook her professional training at Quinte Ballet School.
She spent the first decade of her career based in Toronto, as an independent contemporary dance artist. She danced with numerous companies and choreographers, most notably Company Vice Versa (Valerie Calam), Zata Omm Dance Projects (William Yong), Matjash Mrozewski, and Kate Alton, amongst others.
Her own choreography was performed by dance training programs such as Quinte Ballet School, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, companies such as JD Dance and at festivals including At the Wrecking Ball and Dusk Dances. She continues to collaborate choreographically with her colleague and friend Meredith Thompson in their joint-venture "The Yes Collective".
Kate was a mobilizing force in the Toronto contemporary dance community. She worked with Series 8:08 for many years, and was the co-founder (with Tina Fushell) of Ambitious Enterprises, a company that produced five "At the Wrecking Ball" programs of interdisciplinary dance over ten years (from 2002-2012).
With Kate Holden, Franklin founded firstthingsfirst productions in 2005. Together, the Kates commissioned an impressive number of works from independent Canadian choreographers and produced three full-length evenings of dance.
Now living in Vancouver, Kate is teaching contemporary dance and yoga and working with choreographers Justine A. Chambers, Meredith Kalaman and company Tara Cheyenne Performance.
Kate is the recipient of the 2014 Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Female Performance for the solo "Gotta Go Church" choreographed by Valerie Calam.