Kate Hennig - Shaw Festival Theatre

Kate Hennig
Playwright, Director of Artist Development & Director of the Academy

KATE HENNIG is a Canadian actor, writer and teacher. She holds an MA in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, and received the 2015 Christopher Plummer Foundation Award for excellence in the classical theatre.

As an actor she has over 35 years of professional experience, including seasons on Broadway, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and with both the Shaw and Stratford festivals. She has played leading roles in regional theatres across Canada, and has won multiple acting awards. On her website www.katehennig.com you can read her two popular blogs about her experiences acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company and on Broadway with Billy Elliot: The Musical.

As a writer, her play The Eleventh David was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2006. More recently, The Last Wife – a contemporary look at the sixth wife of Henry VIII — premiered at the Stratford Festival in 2015 and enjoyed a sold-out and extended run. New productions have appeared in Chicago, Toronto, and Victoria, with more scheduled for Houston, Calgary, and Lenox MA. Concurrent with this world premiere of Wilde Tales, her second play about the Tudor queens, entitled The Virgin Trial, is running at the Stratford Festival, and she is writing a third play in the series.

In May 2017, Ms Hennig was appointed Associate Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival.

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