Kat Cunning

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Kat Cunning
Kat cunning 2019.jpg
Cunning in 2019
Katrina Cunningham

(1989-11-12) November 12, 1989 (age 31)
Alma materSUNY Purchase
  • Actor
  • model
  • dancer
  • musician

Katrina Cunningham (born November 12, 1989), better known by the stage name Kat Cunning,[1] is an American actor, model, dancer and musician.[2]

They performed in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2016),[3] Cirque Du Soleil's Paramour,[4] and NYC's Sleep No More.[5]

Cunning appeared in the recurring role of Christina Fuego in the later two seasons of The Deuce on HBO starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.[6] More recently, Cunning starred as the mysterious chanteuse Sabine in the Netflix series Trinkets based on the books by Kirsten Smith.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Cunning was born in Gresham, Oregon and began dancing at the age of three. They are of Greek descent, and the middle of three children with two brothers. They graduated a year early from Centennial High School in 2007 in order to start their career in dance sooner. Cunning received a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase.[8]


Cunning began their career by performing in Baroque-Burlesque Operas with Company XIV. Following their 2016 Broadway debut,[9] they performed in Refinery 29's sold out 29 Rooms and opened for the sold out North American Tour for LP.[10]

Their singles "Baby"[11][12] "Wild Poppies"[13] and "Stay on the Line"[14] have received praise for their overt displays of queer sexuality.[15]

Cunning appears as Christina Fuego in The Deuce on HBO.[16]

Cunning plays Sabine in the Netflix show Trinkets, and their original songs "Birds" and "King of Shadow" are featured on the show.[17]

For the 2019 Hulu adaptation of John Green's Looking For Alaska, Cunning covered Alexi Murdoch's Orange Sky.[18]

Their single "For The Love" has been called a "rallying cry for hope and strength in the face of adversity" by Billboard.[19]

On August 20, 2020, Cunning officially signed with Lava Records.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Residing in New York City, Cunning is queer and non-binary, using they/them pronouns.[21][22]


  • Best Actor. Nothing Serious. 2016 Trail Dance Film Festival[23]
  • Best Supporting Actor. Pepper and the Salt Sea. 2016 Damn! Series[24]


  1. ^ Wong, Curtis M. (October 16, 2015). "You've Never Seen A 'Cinderella' Quite Like This Before". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kat Cunning - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Katrina Cunningham | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Stars of Cirque du Soleil's Paramour Record Cast Album". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "13 Queer Singers You Might Not Know About". Out.com. July 21, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Desk, TV News. "Kat Cunning Shares New Single STAY ON THE LINE". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Trinkets' Sabine Is A Real Singer, Which Explains Why Her Songs Are So Good". Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Kat Cunning Spins A Queer Narrative In Her First Music Video". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Seven Minutes in Heaven With Femme Performer Katrina Cunningham | GO Magazine". GO Magazine. August 2, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kat Cunning Spins A Queer Narrative In Her First Music Video". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Kat Cunning (September 8, 2017), Kat Cunning - Baby [Official Audio], retrieved July 24, 2018
  12. ^ Kat Cunning - Birds, retrieved July 24, 2018
  13. ^ Kat Cunning (January 30, 2018), Kat Cunning - Wild Poppies [Official Video], retrieved July 24, 2018
  14. ^ Kat Cunning (July 20, 2018), Kat Cunning - Stay on the Line [Official Single], retrieved July 24, 2018
  15. ^ "100 Women We Love 2016 | Page 48 of 98 | GO Magazine". GO Magazine. June 30, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "Kat Cunning talks about 'The Deuce' on HBO, music and technology (Includes interview)". September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  17. ^ "Is Sabine From 'Trinkets' A Real Singer? Katrina Cunningham Is Like An Up-And-Coming Lana Del Rey". June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  18. ^ "'Looking For Alaska' Soundtrack Track List: Exclusive | Billboard". www.billboard.com. October 11, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  19. ^ Daw, Stephen (October 7, 2019). "Kat Cunning Searches For Hope After Loss in Emotional 'For the Love' Video: Watch". Billboard.
  20. ^ Aswad, Jem (August 20, 2020). "Kat Cunning Signs With Lava Records – Hear New Single 'Supernova (Tiger's Blud)' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 24, 2020.
  21. ^ "Kat Cunning Releases New Video & Track 'Confident'". broadwayworld.com. March 5, 2021.
  22. ^ Aswad, Jem (August 20, 2020). "Kat Cunning Signs With Lava Records – Hear New Single 'Supernova (Tiger's Blud)'". Variety.
  23. ^ "Kat Cunning - Coda Music Agency". www.codaagency.com. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  24. ^ "Pepper and the Salt Sea / Fantasy // Daily Short Picks". Film Shortage. Retrieved July 24, 2018.

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