KATE HENNIG is a Canadian actor, writer, director and teaching artist. Kate has over forty years of professional experience on-stage including seasons on Broadway, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and with both the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. She has received numerous acting awards, along with the 2015 Christopher Plummer Foundation Award for excellence in the classical theatre.
Kate’s popular Queenmaker plays – The Last Wife (2015), The Virgin Trial (2017) and Mother’s Daughter (2019) – all premiered at the Stratford Festival to great critical and audience acclaim. The Virgin Trial was short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and won the Carol Bolt Award for Best New Play. Kate’s stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s stories for children, Wilde Tales was commissioned by The Shaw and played to children young and old in the 2017 season. Kate’s plays have been widely produced across Canada and the United States, and The Last Wife premiered in Sydney, Australia late in 2019.
Kate holds an MA in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. She has taught at the National Theatre School, the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, and The Slaight Family Academy at the Shaw Festival. She was Associate Artistic Director at The Shaw from 2017-2020.