Katrina Lenk
Born
Alma materNorthwestern University
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2000–present
AwardsEmmy Award
Grammy Award
Tony Award

Katrina Lenk is an American actress, singer, musician, and songwriter. She is known for originating the role of Dina in the Broadway musical The Band's Visit, 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.

Lenk played the lead role of Bobbie in the 2020 gender-switched revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company, which postponed performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early life and education

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 in 1997, majoring in viola performance and studying voice and musical theatre.[3][4][5][6]

Career

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 joined the cast of the Broadway musical Once in May 2013, in the role of Réza, the violinist.[10]

In 2015 she appeared in the Yale Repertory Theatre world premiere of Indecent by Paula Vogel.[11] Lenk then appeared in the 2016 Off-Broadway production at the Vineyard Theatre,[12] followed by the Broadway production at the Cort Theatre in 2017.[13][14] In her review for Newsday, Linda Winer noted the "...dancing, singing actors as the earthy, sensual Katrina Lenk."[15] For her performance she received the 2017 Theatre World Award Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence.[9] A performance of the play was filmed for television and broadcast on PBS in November 2017.[16]

Lenk 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 of 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."[17]

She is the creator of musical persona and stage act Moxy Phinx.[18][19]

Katrina Lenk is currently starring in the lead role of Bobbie, opposite Patti LuPone as Joanne, in a gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company,[20] which started previews on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 2 and was scheduled to open on March 22, 2020, until delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.[21][22]

Theatre

Year(s) Production Role Location Category
2000 Gigi Gigi Theatre at the Center, Munster, Indiana Regional
Proposals Sammii Theatre at the Center, Munster, Indiana Regional
2001 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Yitzhak Broadway Theatre, Chicago Regional
42nd Street Peggy Sawyer Theatre at the Center, Munster, Indiana Regional
2002 A Christmas Carol Fiddler/Ensemble Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois Regional
2005 Lost Land Anna Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, Illinois Regional
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie/Mae understudy Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, California Regional
The Caucasian Chalk Circle Grusha South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California Regional
2006 Camille Camille Bard SummerScape, New York Regional
2007 Safety Tanya Closet Space Theater, Los Angeles, California Regional[23]
iWitness Margaret Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Regional
Chicago Velma Kelly Hudson Backstage Theatre, Hollywood, California Regional[24]
2008 Lovelace: A Rock Musical Linda Lovelace Hayworth Theatre, Los Angeles, California Regional
2009 Creature from the Black Lagoon Kay Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California Regional[25]
2010 Lovelace: A Rock Musical Linda Lovelace Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK International Festival
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up Mrs. Darling/Slightly The Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas Regional[26]
The Miracle Worker Annie Sullivan, Kate Keller (understudy) Circle in the Square Theatre Broadway
2011 Cabaret Fräulein Kost Freud Playhouse at UCLA, Los Angeles, California Regional[27]
2012 Cloudlands Caroline South Coast Repertory Orange County, California Regional[28]
Elemeno Pea Michaela South Coast Repertory Orange County, California Regional[29]
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 Manke Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut Commissioned
La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, California Regional
2016 Vineyard Theatre Off-Broadway
2016–2017 The Band's Visit Dina Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway
2017 Indecent Manke Cort Theatre Broadway
2017–2019 The Band's Visit Dina Ethel Barrymore Theatre Broadway
2020 Company Bobbie Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Broadway

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Acedia Thing Poet
2004 Liar! Moira Short film
Volare Candy patron No. 1 Short film
2005 Space Daze Elania Hoffman Video
2006 Kiss Me in the Dark Woman Short film
2007 Crime Fiction Lauren Short film
The Grand Inquisitor Auditioning Jesus
2009 White Widow N/A Short film
Preservation Viola/Vera Short film
Love on the Tundra Alexia Short film
2010 Chateau Belvedere Genevieve Masolowski Short film
Happy. Thank You. More. Please. Music Performance Music credit only: "Phosphorescent Green"
2012 Arthur and the Bunnies Sara Short film
2013 One for My Baby Actress Short film
2014 The Vigilante Agent Stansfield Short film
2015 FracKtured Del Short film[30]
2016 Élan Vital Christine [31]
Evol: The Theory of Love Yolanda
2018 Indecent Manke Filmed television production of stage play.[32]
2019 Love Is Blind Dr. Shine

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Will & Grace Marta the Maid Episode: "Fagmalion Part 4: The Guy Who Loved Me"
2005 Studio House Starlet TV movie
2006 According to Jim Nurse Episode: "Belaboring the Point"
2009 Ruby & the Rockits Lady No. 2 Episode: "Hot for Spanish Teacher"
2014 The Blacklist Carrie Anne Beck Episode: "The Front (No. 74)"
2015 Elementary Sonia Episode: "The Illustrious Client"
2016 Miss Teri Meta Episode: "Pilot" (Web series, co-creator, writer)[33][34]
2017 The Get Down Ruby Con Episode: "Gamble Everything"
Indecent Manke TV production of stage play.[35][36]
2017–2018 The Good Fight Naftali Amato Recurring role; 3 episodes[37]
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Cosma Episodes: "Put That on Your Plate!", "All Alone"
2019 The Village Claire Danville Recurring role; 4 episodes[38]
2020 Tommy Kiley Mills Recurring role; 5 episodes[39]
2020 Little Voice Mary King Episodes: "Sea Change", "Sing What I Can't Say"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2017 Theatre World Award Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre Honoree [40]
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Indecent Nominated [41]
Outstanding Actress in a Musical The Band's Visit Nominated [41]
Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Won [42]
2018 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Won [43]
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated [44]
Chita Rivera Award for Dance and Choreography Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Nominated [45]
2019 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Won [46]
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program (with the cast of The Band's Visit) Won [47]

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