KATE BURTON (Narrator) is thrilled to be returning to the LA Phil. She served as the hostess for the Walt Disney Concert Hall live broadcast of an evening of Shakespeare and Tchaikovsky conducted by Gustavo Dudamel in 2011, featuring Mathew Rhys, Orlando Bloom, Anika Noni Rose and Malcolm MacDowell. In 2014, she returned to direct another version of the Tchaikovsky evening with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, again conducted by Dudamel and again featuring Orlando Bloom along with Robert Sean Leonard, Condola Rashad and Joe Morton.
She has also directed the USC MFA candidates in 2011, 2012, and 2015 in Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, and The Seagull. As an actress, Burton has been nominated for three Tony Awards for her work on Broadway in Hedda Gabler directed by Nicholas Martin, The Elephant Man starring Billy Crudup and directed by Sean Mathias, and The Constant Wife with Lynn Redgrave and directed by Mark Brokaw.
On television, she can be currently seen in her Emmy-nominated performance as Sally Langston in “Scandal,” as well as guest roles on “Madame Secretary” and “Elementary.” Other TV performances include her Emmy-nominated work as Ellis Grey in “Grey's Anatomy,” “Extant,” “Veep,” “Grimm,” “Rescue Me,” “Law and Order”(s), “The Good Wife,” “The West Wing,” and HBO's “Empire Falls.”
On film, she debuted as an 11-year-old Boleyn maid in Anne of the Thousand Days starring her father, Richard Burton. Her other films include Big Trouble in Little China, Ice Storm, Unfaithful, Swimfan, Remember Me, Shiva and May, Max Payne, Sherry Baby, Liberal Arts, 2 Days in NY, and 127 Hours.
A graduate of Brown University and The Yale School of Drama, she received an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Brown in 2007. She is also a fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Swansea University.
Burton gives great thanks to Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as Meghan Martineau, Chad Smith, Deborah Borda, Gustavo Dudamel, and Margery Simkin. As with all her work, she dedicates this to her beloved mother, Sybil Christopher.