• Kate Burton in SCANDAL (ABC/Richard Cartwright)

Kate Burton

Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting


Kate Burton is a Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting and teaches and directs both contemporary and classical theater and camera classes at SDA. Nominated for three Tony Awards for her work on Broadway in Hedda Gabler (directed by Nicholas Martin), The Elephant Man (with Billy Crudup) and The Constant Wife (with Lynn Redgrave), her other Broadway shows include Present Laughter (with both George C Scott and Kevin Kline), the original production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh directed by Garry Hynes (and in the UK/Ireland tour) and Company (directed by Scott Ellis). Having played Prospera in The Tempest at The Old Globe in 2018, Volumnia in Coriolanus at NY’s Shakespeare in the Park in 2019 and Ghost of Christmas Past at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2021, she will next appear in Master Class in the summer of 2023 to be directed by Susan Stroman. An Emmy nominee for Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, she has most recently been seen in Inventing Anna, The Dropout, Bosch Legacy and The First Lady and is currently on the big screen in Breaking. Other film work includes 127 Hours, Ice Storm, Unfaithful, Where’d You go, Bernadette and Big Trouble in Little China. A graduate of Brown University and The Yale School of Drama, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Brown in 2007. She serves as a trustee at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, Williamstown Theater Festival, Brown University and is on the council of Actor’s Equity Association.