Jayne Atkinson

Birth Place: Bournemouth, Doret, ENGLAND

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Jayne Atkinson is an American actress with a long and successful career on stage, television, and film. Born on February 18, 1959, in Binghamton, New York, Atkinson grew up in a family of educators and studied at Northwestern University, where she earned a degree in communications. She then went on to study acting at the Yale School of Drama, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Atkinson began her professional acting career in the theater, making her Broadway debut in the 1985 production of "All My Sons" opposite Richard Kiley and Michael Learned. She continued to work on Broadway throughout the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in productions such as "The Art of Success" (1989), "Ivanov" (1997), and "Enchanted April" (2003), for which she earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play.
In addition to her work on stage, Atkinson has also had a successful career in television and film. She made her film debut in the 1987 movie "Satisfaction" and went on to appear in films such as "Free Willy" (1993), "The Village" (2004), and "Syriana" (2005). On television, she has appeared in numerous shows, including "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "24," "Criminal Minds," and "House of Cards," for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Despite her success in film and television, Atkinson has remained committed to the theater throughout her career. In 2005, she starred in the Broadway production of "The Rainmaker" opposite Woody Harrelson, and in 2010, she appeared in the Broadway revival of "The Miracle Worker" as Kate Keller, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play.
Most recently, Atkinson has been seen on television in the Netflix series "House of Cards," where she played the role of Secretary of State Catherine Durant from 2013 to 2018. She also appeared in the 2019 film "Blow the Man Down" and the television series "Madam Secretary."

In addition to her work as an actress, Atkinson is also a dedicated teacher and mentor. She has taught acting at the Yale School of Drama, the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. She has also served as a mentor to young actors through the Sundance Institute's Theatre Lab and the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

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Jayne Atkinson STAGE CREDITS

[Williamstown, MA (Regional)]
Williamstown Theatre Festival Revival, 2017

Broadway Revival, 2009

Original Broadway Production, 2003
Lotty Wilton

Broadway Revival, 2002
Mrs. Gibbs

Roundabout Revival, 1999
Lizzie Curry

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Anna Petrovna

Voice of Jan

Broadway Revival, 1987
Ann Deever

Jayne Atkinson Movies

[1993]Free Willy Annie

[1994]Blank Check Sandra Waters

[1995]Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home Annie

[2004]The Village Tabitha Walker

[2005]12 and Holding Ashley Carges

[2005]Syriana Division Chief

[2009]Handsome Harry Kelley's Wife

[2012]Revenge for Jolly! Receptionist

[2016]The Congressman Cey Winship

[2022]Baby Ruby Doris

Jayne Atkinson TV Shows

24 Karen Hayes

A Year in the Life Lindley Gardner Eisenberg

Criminal Minds Erin Strauss

House of Cards Catherine Durant

Law & Order Melanie Carver

Parenthood Karen Buckman

The Education of Max Bickford Lyla Ortiz

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Jayne Atkinson News

Jeff Cohen's SQUEAKY Will Receive Developmental Readings This Month

As part of its new Building the Box Developmental Reading Series, Out of the Box Theatrics will present readings of SQUEAKY, a poignant autobiographical comedy by Drama Desk Award winner Jeff Cohen.

WAM to Present Musical Trio For Fall Cabaret

WAM Theatre has just announced a thrilling musical trio for their upcoming Fall Cabaret, which will run for 4 nights only. Get all the details about the dates and venue here.

ME AND THE SKY Cabaret Performance Comes to WAM in November

WAM's Fall Cabaret event, Me and The Sky: A Cabaret of Empowering Broadway Hits, will play November 1-4, 2023, at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Company. Learn more about the concert and find out how to get tickets here!

Tim Daly and Jayne Atkinson Join STILL at the Dorset Playhouse Next Month

Dorset Theatre Festival has announced full casting for the World Premiere of Still by Lia Romeo, which will begin performances at the Dorset Playhouse on July 21, 2023. 

WAM Theatre Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven to Step Down at the End of 2023

WAM Theatre has announced that Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven will step down from her position in December 2023.

2023 Charlie Blackwell Symposium Scholarships for BIPOC Stage Managers Revealed

BSMS has announced the five stage managers receiving the 2023 Charlie Blackwell Symposium Scholarships for BIPOC stage managers.

2023 Charlie Blackwell Symposium Scholarships For BIPOC Stage Managers Available

Applications are now open for stage managers of color to apply for scholarships to the Broadway Stage Management Symposium (BSMS). In partnership with Broadway Stage Managers, Narda E. Alcorn, Lisa Dawn Cave, Beverly Jenkins, Kenneth J. McGee, & Cody Renard Richard, five scholarships for stage managers of color will be awarded for the annual professional development and networking conference for stage managers.

2023 Broadway Stage Management Symposium to Take Place in May

The 9th annual Broadway Stage Management Symposium will be held on Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st, 2023 in a truly hybrid event bringing together stage managers in New York City and Online.

WAM Theatre Presents A MisCast Cabaret

Producing Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven, Managing Director Molly Merrihew, and the WAM team will present a special one-night-only benefit cabaret at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. hosted by Tony Award and Drama Desk Nominee Jayne Atkinson (House of Cards, Criminal Minds, Bluff City Law).

Recipients of 2022 Charlie Blackwell Symposium Scholarship For BIPOC Stage Managers Announced

BSMS has announced the five stage managers receiving the 2022 Charlie Blackwell Symposium Scholarships for BIPOC stage managers and welcome them to the professional development and networking conference made by stage managers, for stage managers, featuring Broadway's stage managers.

Westport Country Playhouse Presents Conversation About OUR TOWN

Participating in the “Our Town at the Playhouse” panel will be Howard Sherman, author; Anne Keefe, current Playhouse associate artist, and former associate artistic director with Joanne Woodward at the time of the Playhouse’s 2002 production of “Our Town”; and Jake Robards, who appeared in the Playhouse production. 

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Renée Fleming, Phillipa Soo, Amanda Seyfried and More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival 2021 Gala

Williamstown Theatre Festival announced today that the 2021 WTF Gala will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 7. The Gala will start at 7:30 PM ET, preceded by an interactive VIP pre-show for event sponsors and virtual table buyers, and will feature musical performances and special appearances from beloved friends of the Festival.

Theater Stories: The Queens of SIX, WAITRESS Box Office Records and More About Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Today's Theater Stories features the Brooks Atkinson Theatre! Learn about the man for whom the theatre is named, how the theatre became a television studio for years, record-breaking hits like Waitress and more!

VIDEO: Ann Harada, Marc delaCruz, Anthony Lee Medina, and More Perform Monologue From OUR TOWN

Olivia Oguma has created a new video featuring performers reciting a monologue from Our Town, titled 'their town. OUR town.'

Rialto Chatter: Will Dustin Hoffman Lead OUR TOWN Revival on Broadway?

BroadwayWorld has learned that online rumors about a Broadway revival of Our Town are true. Producer Scott Rudin has plans to bring Thornton Wilder's play back to Broadway for the first time since 2002. Rudin has tapped Tony winner Bartlett Sher (To Kill a Mockingbird) to direct the play, which will be led by Dustin Hoffman, who last appeared on Broadway in 1990. A timeline for the production remains unknown.


Stars in The House continues today (2pm) with Plays In The House: MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD: Conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein (Jayne Atkinson, Andréa Burns, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Michael Gill, Justin Guarini and Jane Kaczmarek) and tonight (8pm) for the 85th Annual New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards (Will Arbery, David Byrne, Adam Feldman, Jeremy O. Harris, Michael R. Jackson, Brian Stokes Mitchell, John Mulaney, Deirdre O'Connell, Heidi Schreck and Michael Shannon).

PLAY OF THE DAY! Today's Play: ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller

During this time when productions all over the world have been put on pause, we are coming together to celebrate plays that have left their mark on theater history. This week we will be focusing on the plays of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Arthur Miller. Today's play, All My Sons!

THE BAND'S VISIT, JITNEY, And More Nominated for 2020 Helen Hayes Awards

Tonight, at a celebration honoring theatre excellence on stages across the Washington area, theatre artists, administrators, patrons, and special guests gathered in the National Theatre's Helen Hayes Gallery for theatreWashington's announcement of nominees for the 36th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, which will be presented on Monday, May 18 at an event at the Anthem.

Broadway Symposium Announces 2020 Dates For Annual Stage Manager Conference

The Broadway Stage Management Symposium (BSMS) has announced the dates for the 2020 stage manager conference. This is the sixth year that the BSMS will be bringing together the most experienced and highly-regarded Stage Management professionals on Broadway for an immersive two-day program that offers practical insights, instruction, and inspiration for anyone interested in stage management or Broadway.

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of BLUFF CITY LAW on NBC - Monday, November 25, 2019

Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a New Episode of BLUFF CITY LAW, airing on NBC on Monday, November 25, 2019!


Jayne Atkinson has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

Jayne Atkinson has not appeared in the West End

Jayne Atkinson has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in "Enchanted April." She also received a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same production. Atkinson was recognized for her talent once again at the Tony Awards, where she received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for "Enchanted April." She also received a Tony nomination for the same category for her role in "The Rainmaker." Additionally, she was nominated for Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Skriker" and Outstanding Featured Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Art of Success."

Jayne Atkinson has won several awards for her performances in the play "Enchanted April." She received the Outstanding Actress - Play award at the Drama Desk Awards and also won the Outstanding Actress in a Play award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her role in "Enchanted April."

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