Kate Whoriskey

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Kate Whoriskey (born 1970)[1] is a freelance theatre director.

Personal life[edit]

Whoriskey grew up in Acton, Massachusetts. She majored in theater at New York University (Experimental Theater Wing) (graduating in 1992) and in 1998 she completed a post-graduate program in directing from the American Repertory Theater's (A.R.T.) Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.[2] Whoriskey is married to actor Daniel Breaker who has played Donkey in Shrek the Musical on Broadway.[1] Whoriskey and Breaker have a son, named Rory, born in 2008.[3]

Professional career[edit]

After completing her graduate program at ART, she immediately worked on directing a play there, The Master Builder by Ibsen.[4] She has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University[5] and an associate artist at South Coast Repertory in Orange County, California. She was briefly associated with Intiman Theatre in Seattle, prior to its closure due to cash flow problems.

Directing credits[edit]

A partial list of Whoriskey's directing credits is in the table below. (Table can be sorted by clicking on box at top of each column).[6]

Play Author Theater Year and Notes
Ruined Lynn Nottage Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club 2008[7]
Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine Lynn Nottage Playwrights Horizons 2004 (world premiere)
Intimate Apparel Lynn Nottage South Coast Repertory 2003 (world premiere)[8]
The Piano Teacher Julia Cho Vineyard Theatre 2007 (world premiere)[9][10]
Last Tree in Antarctica Julia Cho Ensemble Studio Theatre 2007
Massacre Jose Rivera (playwright) LAByrinth Theater Company 2005 (world premiere)[11]
The Tempest William Shakespeare Shakespeare Theatre Company 2005
Vigils Noah Haidle Goodman Theatre 2006 (world premiere)[12]
The Rose Tattoo Tennessee Williams Goodman Theatre 2002
Heartbreak House George Bernard Shaw Goodman Theatre 2003-2004 season
The Master Builder Henrik Ibsen American Repertory Theatre (ART) 1999
Blue/Orange Joe Penhall Intiman Theatre 2003
Lady from the Sea Henrik Ibsen Intiman Theatre 2001
Inked Baby Christina Anderson Playwrights Horizons 2009
The Chairs Eugène Ionesco Intiman Theatre 2000
Drowning Crow Regina Taylor Goodman Theatre 2001-2002 season (world premiere)
Life Is a Dream Pedro Calderón de la Barca South Coast Repertory 2007[13]
Caucasian Chalk Circle Bertolt Brecht South Coast Repertory 2005[14]
Antigone Sophocles South Coast Repertory 2003-2004 season[15]
The Clean House Sarah Ruhl South Coast Repertory 2005[16]
The Miracle Worker William Gibson (playwright) Circle in the Square Theatre 2010 - Opening: Mar. 3.
Ruined Lynn Nottage Intiman Theatre 2010[17]
How I Learned to Drive Paula Vogel Second Stage Theatre 2012[18]
Sweat Lynn Nottage Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015-World Premiere
Tales From Red Vienna David Grimm Manhattan Theatre Club 2014
Good People David Lindsay-Abaire Huntington Theatre Company 2012

Other work[edit]

Other theatres where she has directed include:[citation needed]

In her career, she has also worked with writers Nilo Cruz, Michael Ondaatje, and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh.[8]


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