Katie Cunningham is a Knoxville, Tennessee based actor, writer, dialect coach, and educator. Katie was born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia and has returned to the Mountain South region to make her home after more than a decade in New York City.


Katie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and appears regularly in the acting company at Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT), the professional LORT theatre affiliated with the University. Also for CBT/UTK: voice, text, and dialect coach.

Recent stage acting work includes: Elvira in Blithe Spirit at Clarence Brown Theatre; Carrie Girl with the Resident Acting Company (NYC); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at American Stage (2019 Theatre Tampa Bay Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play); and the 2018 and 2019 seasons at Utah Shakespeare Festival, where Katie played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth; Rebecca Heminges/Anne Hathaway Shakespeare in The Book of Will; Maria in Twelfth Night; Emilia in Othello and Isabelle/Sabine in The Liar. Recent film/television: Homicide Hunter, Lashes. New York theatre: TACT/The Actors’ Company Theatre; Resident Acting Company; NY Fringe; and more. Other theatre: Asolo Rep (multiple seasons) and a host of regional stages across the country.


Katie holds an M.F.A. in acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and a B.A. in dramatic art & political science, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Katie is a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork; earned a certificate of distinction in vocal pedagogy from Boston Conservatory at Berklee; studied with Patsy Rodenburg in London; and has extensive experience in Fitzmaurice Voicework. In early 2022, she will complete a graduate certificate in vocology through the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Lamar University. Katie is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 2010, SAG-AFTRA, VASTA, and PAVA (Pan-American Vocology Association).