KATHARINE MCDONOUGH is a singer and actress best known for her work as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Mary in Mary Poppins (Musical Theatre West), as well as Emily O’Dowd in EMPIRE: The Musical (La Mirada World Premiere and NYC Readings). A Southern California native, Katharine studied Theatre and Vocal Performance at Pepperdine University.
Dubbed a “young Barbara Cook,” and “one of the best Eliza Doolittles to date,” Katharine is known for her quirky, fierce ingénue roles and her “glorious, cultured” soprano voice. Other recent roles include Marian Paroo in The Music Man (Norris Theatre) and Eponine in Les Miserables (Anchorage Performing Arts Center) . You can also catch her as Elsa in FROZEN: Live at the Hyperion at Disneyland!
Katharine is also the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Contempo Productions, a Los Angeles non-profit theatre company specializing in the formation and production of new works, as well as contemporary classics, including a staged reading of Bubble Boy: The Musical at the Colony Theatre. With Contempo Productions, Katharine recently produced and directed an intimate 9-person blackbox restaging of Wildhorn’s The Scarlet Pimpernel at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, with a remounting at the Chromolume Theatre. Upcoming Contempo productions will include a workshop of Katharine’s song cycle Everyday Unromance (working title), about her worst first dates.