Katrina Lenk

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Katrina Lenk
Alma materNorthwestern University
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2001–present
AwardsEmmy Award
Grammy Award
Tony Award

Katrina Lenk is an American actress, instrumentalist, and singer. Lenk is known for originating the role of Dina in the Broadway musical The Band's Visit, a performance for which she won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her additional stage credits include roles in the Broadway productions of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Once, and Indecent, as well as roles in regional theater productions since 2001.

Early life and education[edit]

Lenk was born in Chicago, Illinois to a family of Eastern European descent.[1][2] She attended Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois. She graduated from the School of Music at Northwestern University, majoring in viola performance and studying voice and musical theatre.[3][4][5][6]


Lenk appeared in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Broadway Theatre, Chicago, in May 2001 as Yitzak.[7] She performed as Linda Lovelace in the musical Lovelace: A Rock Musical in 2008 at the Hayworth Theater, Los Angeles. The L. A. Weekly wrote: "As Linda, Katrina Lenk is sensational — she has a dozen nuanced smiles that range from innocent and shattered to grateful, in order to express whatever passes as kindness when, say, a male co-star (Josh Greene) promises to make their scene fun."[8]

She made her Broadway debut in The Miracle Worker in March 2010 as the understudy for the characters Annie Sullivan and Kate Keller.[9] She appeared in the Paula Vogel play Indecent on Broadway in April 2017 to August 2017. For this play she received the 2017 Theatre World Award Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence.[10] In her review for Newsday, Linda Winer noted the "...dancing, singing actors as the earthy, sensual Katrina Lenk."[11] She had appeared in earlier productions of the play as well, including Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2016.[12] She was a replacement in the Broadway musical Once starting in May 2013. She played the role of Réza, the violinist.[13]

Lenk most recently appeared on Broadway as Dina in the 2017 musical The Band's Visit, a performance for which she won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Craig Nakano in The Los Angeles Times wrote: "For Lenk, the role is another turning point. After studying music and theater at Northwestern University, Lenk devoted herself to theater in California.... it’s her poignant, heart-aching turn as Dina that is poised to make her a star."[14]

Lenk will next be starring in the lead role of Bobbie opposite Patti LuPone as Joanne in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company, opening on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 22, 2020.

Stage credits[edit]

Year(s) Production Role Location Category
2001 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Yitzhak Broadway Theatre, Chicago Regional
2005 The Caucasian Chalk Circle Grusha South Coast Repertory Regional
2007 iWitness Margaret Mark Taper Forum Regional
2008 Lovelace: A Rock Musical Linda Lovelace Hayworth Theatre Regional
2010 Edinburgh Fringe International Festival
The Miracle Worker Annie Sullivan, Kate Keller (understudy) Circle in the Square Theatre Broadway
2012–2013 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Arachne (replacement) Lyric Theatre Broadway
2013–2015 Once Réza (replacement) Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Broadway
2015 Indecent Actor Yale Repertory Theatre Commissioned
La Jolla Playhouse Regional
2016 Vineyard Theatre Off-Broadway
2016–2017 The Band's Visit Dina Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway
2017 Indecent Actor Cort Theatre Broadway
2017–2019 The Band's Visit Dina Ethel Barrymore Theatre Broadway
2020 Company Bobbie Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 Theatre World Award Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre[15] Honoree
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play[16] Indecent Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Musical[16] The Band's Visit Nominated
Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical[17] Won
2018 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance[18] Nominated
Chita Rivera Award for Dance and Choreography Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show[19] Nominated
2019 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album[20] Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program (with the cast of The Band's Visit) Won


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  2. ^ "PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Once Cast Member Katrina Lenk | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  3. ^ Vincentelli, Elisabeth (2017-09-07). "Katrina Lenk Can Quietly Break Your Heart". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  4. ^ "`42nd Street' feeling like home to actress". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  5. ^ Levitt, Hayley (May 12, 2017). "The Season That Put Katrina Lenk on Our Radar — and Why It's About Time". Theatermania.com. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  6. ^ "Northwestern Alum Katrina Lenk Wins Tony for Best Actress in The Bands Visit". northwestern.edu. June 2018.
  7. ^ Jones, Chris. " 'Hedwig' a wild ride across tawdry terrain" Chicago Tribune, May 24, 2001
  8. ^ Nicholson, Amy (2008-10-31). "Of Art and Fellatio: A new rock opera about legendary pornstar Linda Lovelace". LA Weekly: 50.
  9. ^ The Miracle Worker ibdb.com, retrieved June 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Indecent, ibdb.com, retrieved June 13, 2018.
  11. ^ Winer, Linda (2017-04-18). "'Indecent' review: Gripping, extraordinary play about a play". Newsday. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
  12. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Indecent', curtainup.com, May 12, 2016.
  13. ^ Snetiker, Marc. " 'Once' Welcomes Spider-Man’s Katrina Lenk to the Broadway Cast", broadway.com, May 6, 2013.
  14. ^ Nakano, Craig. "Katrina Lenk: Her first Tony nomination, but don't expect it to be her last" The Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Theatre World Awards - Theatre World Awards". www.theatreworldawards.org. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  16. ^ a b "AWARDS FOR 2016-2017". outercritics.org. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  17. ^ Cox, Gordon (2017-05-08). "Tony-Nominated 'Oslo' Tops Off Broadway's Lortel Awards (Full List)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  18. ^ "Drama League". dramaleague.org. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  19. ^ Desk, BWW News. "CAROUSEL Leads Chita Rivera Awards Nominations, Full List". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  20. ^ Desk, TV News. "THE BAND'S VISIT, CAROUSEL & More Nominated for 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2018-12-07.

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