Katie Birenboim is an actress, singer, and director. A native New Yorker, Katie got the theatre bug early: at three years old, she cried during the intermission of Peter Pan, concerned that the performance had ended. Not much has changed since then. In high school, Katie attended Manhattan School of Music’s precollege vocal program and spent her summers training at Interlochen Arts Camp and the University of Michigan.
As an undergraduate at Princeton, Katie performed in and directed musicals, plays, and sketch comedy shows. During the summers she performed regionally with College Light Opera Company and Berkshire Theatre Group. Shortly after graduating with honors, Katie made her professional NYC debut starring in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of Fiorello!.
Beyond performance, Katie is deeply committed to exploring all the ways that great theatre is made. She has worked extensively as an assistant director, assisting Tony award winner John Rando on City Center's The New Yorkers, Requiem for Mr. B, and The Royal Family of Broadway at Barrington Stage Company. She assistant directed a new play, Popcorn Falls, at the Davenport Theatre in Fall 2018 under Tony award winner Christian Borle, who was making his directorial debut.
Katie’s English thesis at Princeton, focusing on Jane Austen, won the Thomas H. Maren award, the highest honor awarded to a senior in the English department for independent work. Her theatre thesis, which synthesized Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy into one musical piece highlighting the role of women in Golden Age musical theatre, was honored by the theatre department as “outstanding” independent work. Her one-act play was performed in New York in May 2015 as part of a performance piece entitled Earshot, and she is a founding member of Grind Arts Company, along with Broadway vets Graham Phillips and Eamon Foley. Katie’s greatest dream is to perform as the first female Tevye.
“A nicely feisty turn by Katie Birenboim ... brings the musical to its (almost) climax with her rousing avowal to marry “The Very Next Man” she meets, delivered with care for its witty lyrics by Ms. Birenboim. ”
Charles Isherwood | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Review: ‘Fiorello!,’ ..." a NYT critics pick!
“Katie Birenboim has equal parts fire and winsomeness as Marie, the politician’s secretary, who for some 15 years carries an unrequited torch for her boss.”
Robert Kahn | NBC4 New York
"...A Fine Moment for 'Fiorello!'"
“Katie Birenboim made me fall in love all over again with Frank Mills... ”
STEVE BARNES | The times union
"'HAIR' at Berkshire Theatre Group"
“"Birenboim glittered as the waitress."”
Fred Baumgarten | Berkshire On Stage
"'Working' at the Berkshire Theatre Group"
“ As Marie, his long frustrated second wife, Katie Birenboim delivered her solo “The Very Next Man” with palpable passion.”
Larry Murray | Berkshire on stage
"Feisty “Fiorello!” Beckons Musical Lovers..."
Behind the Table
Katie is deeply committed to exploring all the ways great theatre is made.
These are some of the other avenues to which she dedicates her time and artistic energy:
Katie is a founding member of Grind Arts Company, along with Broadway vets Eamon Foley and Graham Phillips. Currently she acts as director of development. Click here to explore Grind Arts and its commitment to producing cutting edge art that blurs the line between theatre, dance, and film.
Katie has assistant directed City Center’s The New Yorkers, Requiem for Mr. B, and The Royal Family of Broadway at Barrington Stage Company under Tony award winning director John Rando. In fall 2018 she assistant directed a new play, Popcorn Falls, at the Davenport Theatre in NYC under Tony award winner Christian Borle, who was making his directorial debut.
For her more extensive directing resumé, please contact her directly.
Katie’s one-act play was performed as part of a performance art piece entitled “Earshot,” produced in May 2015. Read about it here.
She has also served as Brighde Mullins’ assistant at Hunter College’s Playwrighting MFA program, and helped to edit the critically acclaimed re-issue of Rick Allen's book, RFK: His Words for Our Times.
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by Katie Birenboim
"The “earnest” guy is pretty easy for me to spot nowadays. He is the guy who loves school without exception and without doubt. He doesn’t have a Twitter account. He probably has given girls flowers or written one a love song. He responds to your joking text message with just “lol”—no joke of his own to contribute. It’s not that he’s not funny per se—it’s that he reserves sarcasm and irony for very specific situations, not as a first instinct. He approaches life sincerely and authentically and you know how he feels because he says it. He’s a good guy."
Contact Katie's Agent
Rikky Fishbein, The Hybrid Agency
201-819-7785 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Katie will be opening as Elaine Harper in Arsenic and Old Lace at the Berkshire Theatre Festival on Saturday, July 29th! You can purchase tickets here and learn more about the production and casting here
In March 2017 Katie will be making her NY directorial debut assisting John Rando with The New Yorkers at City Center Encores!. The limited engagement runs March 22-26, featuring a star-studded cast and creative team. Read more on playbill
Katie will appear alongside her good friend and collaborator Rebecca Brudner in cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama on Thursday, April 13th. The two ladies, who met playing Fiorello LaGuardia’s two wives in the acclaimed 2016 revival of Fiorello!, will explore female archetypes in Golden Age musical theatre through stories and songs. Click HERE for tix!