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KATE BURTON most recently directed the 2011 USC/MFA candidates in Three Sisters. She has also directed at the Yale School of Drama, Brown University, and the 52nd Street Project in NYC.
As an actress, she was nominated for the Tony Award on Broadway for her performances in Hedda Gabler, directed by Nicholas Martin (begun at the Bay Street Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Huntington Theater Company), The Elephant Man, and The Constant Wife. In London’s West End, she appeared in Three Sisters opposite Kristin Scott Thomas. She has spent 25 summers at the Williamstown Theater Festival. In Los Angeles, she has appeared in Arcadia and The House of Blue Leaves at the Mark Taper Forum, Wild Honey at the Ahmanson, and Jake’s Women at the Doolittle (now the Montalban). The daughter of two Shakespearean actors, she has played Juliet, Viola in Twelfth Night, Desdemona in Othello, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Isabella in Measure for Measure, The Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently, she played Katharine Cornell as Cleopatra in The Grand Manner by A.R. Gurney at the Lincoln Center Theater. On television, she has most recently appeared in Law and Order SVU, The Good Wife (with Anika Noni Rose), Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Rescue Me, Empire Falls, and one of the final episodes of Law and Order. An Emmy nominee for her performance as Ellis Grey in Grey’s Anatomy, she has just finished shooting Veep for HBO starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, directed and written by Armando Ianucci. On film, she debuted, at the age of eleven, as a Boleyn maid in Anne of the Thousand Days, starring her father, Richard Burton. She later appeared in many films, most notably in Big Trouble in Little China, The Ice Storm, Celebrity, Unfaithful, Swimfan, Stay, Max Payne, and Remember Me; most recently, she was directed by Danny Boyle in 127 Hours, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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 the daughter of Sybil Christopher, Co-Artistic Director of the Bay Street Theater. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director of the Center Theater Group (Ahmanson/Taper/Douglas). They have two children, Charlotte and Morgan. Kate serves as a Western Region Counselor at Actors’ Equity Association, a trustee of the Williamstown Theater Festival, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and the American Theater Wing, and is a member of the Corporation of Brown University. She is thrilled to be working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and thanks Gustavo Dudamel, Deborah Borda, Chad Smith, all the wonderful actors, and Margery Simkin.