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][4]

Professional career[edit]

After completing her graduate program at ART, she immediately worked on directing a play there, The Master Builder by Ibsen.[5] She has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University[6] and an associate artist at South Coast Repertory in Orange County, California. She was briefly associated with Intiman Theatre in Seattle, in 2010 to 2011, prior to its closure due to cash flow problems.[7]

Directing credits[edit]

A partial list of Whoriskey's directing credits is in the table below.

Sources: Internet Off-Broadway Database[8] Internet Broadway Database[9] American Theatre Wing[10]

Play Author Theater Year and Notes
Ruined Lynn Nottage Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club 2008[11]
Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine Lynn Nottage Playwrights Horizons 2004 (world premiere)
Intimate Apparel Lynn Nottage South Coast Repertory 2003 (world premiere)[12]
The Piano Teacher Julia Cho Vineyard Theatre 2007 (world premiere)[13][14][15]
Last Tree in Antarctica Julia Cho Ensemble Studio Theatre 2007
Massacre José Rivera LAByrinth Theater Company 2005 (world premiere)[16]
The Tempest William Shakespeare Shakespeare Theatre Company 2005[17]
Vigils Noah Haidle Goodman Theatre 2006 (world premiere)[18]
The Rose Tattoo Tennessee Williams Goodman Theatre 2002
Heartbreak House George Bernard Shaw Goodman Theatre 2004[19]
The Master Builder Henrik Ibsen American Repertory Theater (ART) 1999
Blue/Orange Joe Penhall Intiman Theatre 2003
The Lady from the Sea Henrik Ibsen Intiman Theatre 2001
Macbeth William Shakespeare California Shakespeare Theater 2002[20]
Inked Baby Christina Anderson Playwrights Horizons 2009
The Chairs Eugène Ionesco Intiman Theatre 2000
Drowning Crow Regina Taylor Goodman Theatre 2002 (world premiere)[21]
Life Is a Dream Pedro Calderón de la Barca South Coast Repertory 2007[22]
The Caucasian Chalk Circle Bertolt Brecht South Coast Repertory 2005[23]
Antigone Sophocles South Coast Repertory 2004[24]
The Clean House Sarah Ruhl South Coast Repertory 2005[25]
The Miracle Worker William Gibson (playwright) Circle in the Square Theatre 2010 - Opening: Mar. 3.
Ruined Lynn Nottage Intiman Theatre 2010[26]
How I Learned to Drive Paula Vogel Second Stage Theater 2012[27]
Sweat Lynn Nottage Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015 - World Premiere[28][29] / 2016 - Public Theater / 2017 - Studio 54, Broadway
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.[12]


  1. ^ a b Broadway actor Daniel Breaker joins Intiman cast of 'A Doctor in Spite of Himself' by Misha Berson, Seattle Times, September 4, 2010
  2. ^ "Kate Whoriskey to replace Bartlett Sher at Intiman" Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine, Seattle Times, June 18, 2009.
  3. ^ Profile, Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2009.
  4. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Photo Call: Strange Love: Broadway's Breaker Celebrates" playbill.com, April 1, 2008
  5. ^ Tom Sellar, "Watching Kate Whoriskey" Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine, profile American Theatre magazine, July/August 2001, Theatre Communications Group.
  6. ^ Biography Archived 2012-10-15 at the Wayback Machine, Princeton University, USA.
  7. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Kate Whoriskey Exits Role as Artistic Director of Intiman Theatre" playbill.com, April 21, 2011
  8. ^ "Kate Whoriskey Off-Broadway" lortel.org, accessed February 5, 2016
  9. ^ "Kate Whoriskey Broadway" playbillvault.com, accessed February 5, 2016
  10. ^ "Kate Whoriskey biography" American Theatre Wing Archived July 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "'Ruined' Goodman" goodmantheatre.org, accessed February 5, 2016
  12. ^ a b "'Intimate Apparel' program scr.org, April 2003, accessed February 5, 2016
  13. ^ Vineyard Theatre summary. Archived November 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Interview with Julia Cho, Vineyard Theatre website. Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Julia Cho's 'Piano Teacher', Starring Tony Winner Franz, Opens at the Vineyard Nov. 18" playbill.com, November 18, 2007
  16. ^ "'Massacre' Listing" labtheater.org, accessed February 5, 2016
  17. ^ Marks, Peter. "Only Ariel Escapes This Earthbound 'Tempest'" Washington Post, March 30, 2005
  18. ^ Vigils summary at Goodman Theatre.
  19. ^ Phillips, Michael. "Goodman's 'House' a blaring universe of whimsy" Chicago Tribune, May 13, 2004
  20. ^ "Flashy staging overwhelms 'Macbeth' / Actors can't compete with props in Cal Shakespeare production" sfgate.com, July 8, 2002
  21. ^ "Richard Brooks Stars in Regina Taylor's 'Drowning Crow' at Goodman, Jan. 6-Feb. 10" playbill.com, January 6, 2002
  22. ^ "'Life is a Dream' program" scr.org, accessed February 5, 2016
  23. ^ Chalk Circle program Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ Shirley, Don. "A vision of 'Antigone' shaped by Sept. 11" Los Angeles Times, February 2, 2004
  25. ^ "Clean House program" scr.org, January 21 - February 27, 2005, accessed February 5, 2016
  26. ^ Berson, Misha. "The road to ‘Ruined’: drama at Intiman is a powerful tale of human resilience in wartime" Seattle Times, July 3, 2010
  27. ^ Piepenberg, Eric. "Butz and Reaser to Star in 'How I Learned to Drive'" New York Times, Arts Beat, November 8, 2011
  28. ^ Weinerdt-Kent, Rob. "How Lynn Nottage, Inveterate Wanderer, Found Her Way to Reading and ‘Sweat’" americantheatre.org, July 10, 2015
  29. ^ Sweat osfashland.org, accessed February 5, 2016
  30. ^ "Production History, 2008" tfana.org, accessed February 5, 2016
  31. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Albert Jones Will Star in American Premiere of 'Oroonoko'" playbill.com, January 3, 2008
  32. ^ Simonson, Robert. "Baltimore's Center Stage Presents New Lynn Nottage Play, 'Intimate Apparel', Feb. 26" playbill.com, February 8, 2003
  33. ^ Woodfors, Riley. "Polishing the jewel of 'Desire'" juneauempire.com, November 16, 2000
  34. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Gurwin, Morton, Glushak, Bergl Among 2005 Sundance Theatre Lab Actors July 11-31" playbill.com, July 11, 2005
  35. ^ Noh, David. "Still Dancing" gaycitynews.nyc, Volume 5, Number 30 | July 27 - August 2, 2006
  36. ^ "Press Release. Bard Summerscape. 'Camille'" bard.edu, July 6, 2006

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