Kate Hennig - Shaw Festival Theatre

Kate Hennig
Director of Artist Development & Director of the Academy

Kate is an actor, playwright, director, and educator.

Kate has an MA (Distinction) in Voice Studies (2001) from the Central School of Speech and Drama. She currently teaches Shakespeare Text Tools for the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival, and Voice and Scene Study for the Academy Intensive at the Shaw Festival. She has been on faculty at the National Theatre School of Canada-English Section teaching both Voice and Acting. Kate has been a guest teacher in musical theatre performance at Sheridan College, and of Voice at University of Toronto, Humber College, and Mount Royal College, along with leading workshops for the Magnetic North Festival, McGill University, and Nightwood Theatre. During her training Kate was a practice teacher for the MA programs in Musical Theatre and Advanced Theatre Practice at CSSD.

As an actor, Kate has played from coast to coast in Canadian theatres from Charlottetown to Stratford to Vancouver, as well as on Broadway and at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She wrote celebrated Queenmaker series of plays: The Last Wife, The Virgin Trial, and Mother’s Daughter. She emerged as a director in 2019 with a heart warming production of Holiday Inn for the Shaw Festival.

Kate was Associate Artistic Director at the Shaw Festival from 2017 to early 2020.

Awards: 2015 Christopher Plummer Award for Excellence in Classical Theatre; 2017 Carol Bolt Award for Best New Play (The Virgin Trial); 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama (shortlist – The Virgin Trial));  2 Dora Awards (Ratbag, Billy Elliot), Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award (Billy Elliot), 3 Betty Mitchell Awards (Cabaret, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Cosi). Genie Award Nomination (32 Short Films About Glenn Gould).

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