A native of Downtown Manhattan, Kat Coiro attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan and later graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a double degree in History and Theater. She studied directing at the Moscow Art Theater in Russia before moving back to New York and eventually Los Angeles, where she worked and studied in various capacities, in front of and behind the camera, including as the head of development at Bold Films and as a fellow in the master's program at the American Film Institute.
Coiro is currently in post on her third feature film, "A Case Of You", starring Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Peter Dinklage, Vince Vaughn and Sam Rockwell. Her second feature, which she wrote and produced, "While We Were Here" premiered in the narrative competition at the 2012 Tribeca Film festival, will have it's European debut at Locarno and will be distributed by Arclight and Wrekin Hill. Coiro's directorial debut, "L!fe Happens", starring Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson and Krysten Ritter (who co-wrote the film with Kat), premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, opened theatrically in April 2012 and I currently being distributed on all platforms by Universal.
In May 2012, Kat wrote and directed a 25-minute short film for Virgin Airlines called "Departure Date". "Departure Date" was the first movie filmed entirely at 35,000 feet on multiple Virgin flights around the world. "Departure Date" premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival and will play on all Virgin flights for the next year.
Kat got her start doing shorts, including the 2010 video "Idiots", starring Zoe Saldana, which went viral, garnered over two million hits on Funny Or Die and became a national phenomenon.
Coiro resides in Los Angeles with her husband, the actor Rhys Coiro, their daughter Margherita and their son Percy.