|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
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
Lenk was born in Chicago, Illinois to a family of Eastern European descent. 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.
Lenk appeared in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Broadway Theatre, Chicago, in May 2001 as Yitzak. 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."
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. In her review for Newsday, Linda Winer noted the "...dancing, singing actors as the earthy, sensual Katrina Lenk." She had appeared in earlier productions of the play as well, including Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2016.
She appears on Broadway in the musical The Band's Visit as Dina, opening in November 2017, for which she won the Tony Award, Actress in a Leading Role 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."
|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|
|2012–13||Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark||Arachne (replacement)||Lyric Theatre||Broadway|
|2013–15||Once||Réza (replacement)||Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre||Broadway|
|2015||Indecent||Actor||Yale Repertory Theatre||Commissioned|
|La Jolla Playhouse||Regional|
|2016–17||The Band's Visit||Dina||Atlantic Theater Company||Off-Broadway|
|2017–||The Band's Visit||Dina||Ethel Barrymore Theatre||Broadway|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Theatre World Award||Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre||Honoree|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Indecent||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actress in a Musical||The Band's Visit||Nominated|
|Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical||Won|
|2018||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Chita Rivera Award for Dance and Choreography||Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show||Nominated|
|2019||Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Pending|
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- Desk, TV News. "THE BAND'S VISIT, CAROUSEL & More Nominated for 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2018-12-07.