Cate grew up in the Quad Cities area of IL/IA and graduated from St. Ambrose University with a degree in theatre. She found herself on several different career paths as she struggled to find her place in the world, including, but not limited to blacksmithing, slam poetry, costume design, wedding dress alteration, competitive broadsword fighting, and managing the marketing and VIP engagement department at a riverboat casino.
After earning two masters degrees in Shakespeare from Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA, Cate worked as assistant stage manager and company member at the American Shakespeare Center.
After accepting the position as Entertainment Director at the Georgia Renaissance Festival, Cate relocated to Atlanta, GA and worked as an actor, magician and teaching artist until the beginning of the pandemic, when she lost her job and started making tiktoks about her experiences living with ADHD and depression.
In a little over a year, as @catieosaurus on TikTok, Cate has built an audience of over one and a half million followers with an average of 30-50 million monthly views. She is also a Twitch Partner, Youtuber and host of Catie And Erik's Infinite Quest, a top-50 Mental Health podcast. Her combined monthly audience across all platforms reaches to the tens of millions.
As Cate began to realize the importance of these conversations, she worked to earn her certification as a Certified Sex Educator and Intimacy Coach, and has extensively worked to raise awareness about the need for inclusivity and accessibility for disability and neurodiversity in the kink and BDSM communities, attending several conventions and working as an educator and activist in that community.
As co-host of Catie and Erik's Infinite Quest, she saw the podcast rise to popularity in the neurodivergent community for its frank discussions on living with ADHD and depression. Ultimately, Infinite Quest found its stride in the gaming community after they launched ADHDnD, a live-play DnD game that highlights disability and neurodiversity in real play. Their enthusiasm for table top games opened discussions about inclusivity and neurodiversity in TTRPGs and console gaming in a long-form format for an audience of around 250,000 listeners.
Their DnD characters, Helvetica the Tiefling cleric and Blumken the half-orc barbarian, have guest starred in a number of popular live-play DnD campaigns, including Lark Network, Adventure, Inc, DiceCreamSandwich and more, and have given them the opportunity to become full-time content creators and professional DnD players.
Besides DnD, they play Minecraft- their QuestCraft project, an all-neurodivergent Minecraft server geared towards inclusivity and accessibility, recently launched and has allowed them to open the conversation even further in the digital sphere. Their secondary campaign, based in the Star Wars Edge of the Empire play system, will premiere May 4th, 2022.
Their work has been seen in Cosmopolitan Magazine, The New York Times, Haaretz, GQ, VICE, Medium, Mashable, Bustle, InStyle, and more. They've been seen on the American Sex Podcast with Sunny Megatron, The Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin, Prodigy, The Doctors, Carte Blanche, and a host of others.
Cate has performed in spaces like the Kennedy Center, Circa 21 Dinner theatre, the American Shakespeare Center, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Resurgens Classical Theatre and worked as a teaching artist at dozens of schools and universities across the country.
Her most recent convention appearances inclue DragonCon, ECCC, Pax Unplugged, MomoCon, GenCon, PlayOnCon, GameHole Con, GeekBeacon Fest (and several more) this year, where she hosted several panels on inclusivity, accessibility and neurodivergence at the gaming table as well as doing live show podcast recordings with Infinite Quest.
Her first book on ADHD & relationships is slated for publication in 2022.