Katie Cunningham is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based actor, voice and dialect coach, and academic. 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: Judy in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Elvira in Blithe Spirit at Clarence Brown Theatre; Carrie Girl with the Resident Acting Company (NYC); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at American Stage (Theatre Tampa Bay Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play); and multiple leading roles at Utah Shakespeare Festival, including Lady Macbeth; Maria in Twelfth Night; and Emilia in Othello. 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.
Recent coaching projects include productions at Nashville Rep, Clarence Brown Theatre, River & Rail theatre, and Southwest Shakespeare Co.
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. She is a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork and holds a graduate certificate in vocology from 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).