• Kate Burton in SCANDAL (ABC/Richard Cartwright)

Kate Burton

Professor of Theatre Practice in Acting


Kate Burton is a USC School of Dramatic Arts professor of theatre practice. She has directed Chekhov’s Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull for USC’s MFA Rep, as well as two evenings of Shakespeare and Tchaikovsky for Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The daughter of two Shakespearean actors, she has played Viola, Juliet, Desdemona, Isabella, The Princess of France, Hermione and Queen/ Belarius in Cymbeline (2015 NYSF). A three-time Tony and Emmy nominee, she was seen last on Broadway opposite Kevin Kline in Present Laughter. On television, she is best known for her work in Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. Most recently, she appeared in Where Did You Go, Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Richard Linklater. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama.