Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre | Remembering Kathryn Lee Farrelly
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Remembering Kathryn Lee Farrelly

KathyOn November 12, 2017, José Mateo Ballet Theatre lost a great friend in Kathryn Lee Farrelly. Kathryn supported our organization with her expertise in film by creating stunning videos about JMBT and Dance for World Community that can be viewed here and here.

In addition to her impeccable work, she was a dear friend whose presence and spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

We are grateful to Kathryn and her family, who have asked that donations be made in her memory to Dance for World Community, our partnership-based initiative that amplifies the power of dance to unify and strengthen communities.

To honor Kathryn’s memory with a donation, please click here.

About Kathryn Lee Farrelly


Kathryn Lee Farrelly of Duxbury, MA, died suddenly on November 12, 2017 of heart failure. A Rhode Island native and graduate of URI, Kathryn was a New England Emmy Award-winning and Daytime Emmy-nominated producer and writer. Her unique ability to notice the often unobserved earned her the reputation for crafting compelling stories that both entertained and informed. For over ten years, she produced for the award-winning WCVB-TV series Chronicle and went on to produce, write, and direct content for WGBH, NFL Network, OWN Network, The Harvard Business Review Channel and most recently, NECN/NBC. She was a much sought-after marketing and advertising consultant and lent her talents to nonprofit organizations like Stop Handgun Violence and Ballet Theatre. Known for her sharp wit, insatiable curiosity, and deep devotion to family and friends, she was also a passionate mentor to several emerging women and men in her field.

Both professionally and personally, Kathy had a unique ability to connect with people through genuine empathy and humor. In her spare time, she loved walking with friends around the tranquil cranberry bogs throughout Duxbury–though she was equally content sitting at home binge-watching reality TV–one of her favorite guilty pleasures. Her taste in documentaries and comedy were unparalleled and almost always ahead of the curve. She was also a fantastic cook–her chicken parm, in particular, was constantly requested by her close-knit family.

She is survived by the person she loved most in this world; her son Harrison Frick, of Los Angeles, CA. She is also survived by her beloved mother Mariann (Neary) Farrelly; her sister Beth (John) Jordan of Duxbury, MA; brother Peter (Melinda) Farrelly of Ojai, CA; brother Bobby (Nancy) Farrelly of Duxbury, MA; sister Cindy (Zen) Gesner of Malibu, CA and twelve cherished nieces and nephews (each of whom shared several inside jokes with her). She also leaves behind the loving Frick family; Erik, Rebecca, and their sons Jakob and Tindell. She is predeceased by her father Dr. Robert Farrelly and nephew Jesse Farrelly.

A celebration of Kathryn’s life, followed by a reception, will be held on Sunday, November 19th at 1PM at The Duxbury Bay Maritime School. All friends and family are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dance for World Community Program at ballet in memory of Kathryn Farrelly.