Katherine Marie Cunningham was born in 1986 and raised in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Performing was always in her blood. As a child, she joined her parents and siblings on stage, entertaining audiences in a variety of local theatrical productions. As soon as she learned to work a video camera, she was writing, directing and staring in her own home movies. At Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Katherine was a peer mediator, and was involved in orchestra, drama, improv, and school musicals. Katherine attended Illinois State University, where she originally majored in Biology.