Biography

12Katherine recently returned to her native city of Toronto after growing up in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania. While living in Steel Town she studied at the Larry Cervi School for Performing Arts and performed with the East End Kids at the age of 10, the highlight of the tour being a performance at Walt Disney World.

Katherine turned her focus to the stage in high school but never lost touch with her love for vocal performance. She was classically trained in operatic voice and was awarded the Reverend Dunkley Music Prize in 2000 and the Harold Benjamin Greening Prize for Vocal Music Proficiency in 2001 from Bishop Ridley College. Special recognition was also awarded for her dramatic contributions at the school. While at Ridley Katherine also studied a survey of dance and movement under Jamie Nesbit and was awarded the Cap’s Cup for best gymnast.

Upon graduating high school Katherine pursued a Bachelors of Arts in English and Theatre and Performance at the University of Toronto (Class of 2006). During this time she also studied at the Second City Training Centre and The Toronto School of Circus Arts. During the summers Katherine taught dramatic arts to ages 5-15 at Pittsburgh’s Camp Deer Creek. She has continued to enhance her learning with workshops at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Shaw Festival as well as vocal study at Merriam School of Music.

Katherine now resides in Mississauga and has been performing in the Oakville Drama Series since 2001. She recently started performing with the wonderful groups of the Encore Series in Mississauga as well! Her performances have earned her recognition and nominations for local awards and her contributions to the Oakville Series were recognized in 2008/2009 when she was presented with the Oakville Centre Appreciation Award. She served on the executive board of the Burl-Oak Theatre Group as Vice President for the 2008/2009 season and President for the 2009/2010 season.

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