Kat Cunning

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Kat Cunning
Katrina Cunningham

November 12, 1992
Oregon, U.S.
Alma materSUNY Purchase
  • Actor
  • model
  • dancer
  • musician

Katrina Cunningham, 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 has appeared in the recurring role of Christina Fuego in the latest season of The Deuce on HBO starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.[6] More recently, Kat starred as the mysterious chanteuse Sabine in the Netflix series Trinkets based on the books by Kirsten Smith.[7]

Early life[edit]

Cunning was born in Oregon.

They 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]

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

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

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

Personal life[edit]

Residing in New York City, Cunningham identifies as queer and nonbinary, using the pronouns they and them.[20][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. (2015-10-16). "You've Never Seen A 'Cinderella' Quite Like This Before". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  2. ^ "Kat Cunning - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  3. ^ "Katrina Cunningham | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  4. ^ "Stars of Cirque du Soleil's Paramour Record Cast Album". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  5. ^ "13 Queer Singers You Might Not Know About". Out.com. 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  6. ^ Desk, TV News. "Kat Cunning Shares New Single STAY ON THE LINE". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  7. ^ "Trinkets' Sabine Is A Real Singer, Which Explains Why Her Songs Are So Good". Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  8. ^ "Kat Cunning Spins A Queer Narrative In Her First Music Video". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  9. ^ "Seven Minutes in Heaven With Femme Performer Katrina Cunningham | GO Magazine". GO Magazine. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  10. ^ "Kat Cunning Spins A Queer Narrative In Her First Music Video". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  11. ^ Kat Cunning (2017-09-08), Kat Cunning - Baby [Official Audio], retrieved 2018-07-24
  12. ^ Kat Cunning - Birds, retrieved 2018-07-24
  13. ^ Kat Cunning (2018-01-30), Kat Cunning - Wild Poppies [Official Video], retrieved 2018-07-24
  14. ^ Kat Cunning (2018-07-20), Kat Cunning - Stay on the Line [Official Single], retrieved 2018-07-24
  15. ^ "100 Women We Love 2016 | Page 48 of 98 | GO Magazine". GO Magazine. 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  16. ^ "Kat Cunning talks about 'The Deuce' on HBO, music and technology (Includes interview)". 2018-09-07. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  17. ^ "Is Sabine From 'Trinkets' A Real Singer? Katrina Cunningham Is Like An Up-And-Coming Lana Del Rey". 2019-06-14. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  18. ^ "'Looking For Alaska' Soundtrack Track List: Exclusive | Billboard". www.billboard.com. 2019-10-11. Retrieved 2020-03-15.
  19. ^ Daw, Stephen (2019-10-07). "Kat Cunning Searches For Hope After Loss in Emotional 'For the Love' Video: Watch". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Queer Musical Siren Kat Cunning Releases New Track About Phone Sex". Out.com. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  21. ^ "Kat Cunning Is A 'Curvy, Curly Queer Weirdo' Ready For Pop Stardom". Bedford + Bowery. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  22. ^ "Song and Dance, With Some Naughty Thrown In". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  23. ^ "Kat Cunning - Coda Music Agency". www.codaagency.com. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  24. ^ "Pepper and the Salt Sea / Fantasy // Daily Short Picks". Film Shortage. Retrieved 2018-07-24.