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Kate Mulgrew

Birth Place: Dubuque, IA, USA

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Kate Mulgrew is a celebrated actress of stage, screen and television; from Broadway shows including EQUUS, MARY STUART, and TEA AT FIVE; to films like A STRANGER IS WATCHING, THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, and STAR TREK NEMISIS, to her most famous roles in RYAN'S HOPE, MRS. COLUMBO, and STAR TREK VOYAGER.

One of Kate's first roles was the much beloved character of Mary Ryan, (Later Mary Ryan Fenelli) on the ABC soap opera, RYAN'S HOPE. Having originated the role, her portrayal became synonymous with the Mary Ryan character, and after leaving the series in 1978, the producers wanted to kill off the character. After ABC refused to let them, three other actresses took over the part, but ABC finally relented when they realized that no one other than Mulgrew herself would be accepted in the role, and agreed to let the character be killed.

Kate's success in television continued, and she created two more iconic characters that were beloved by fans. Although it only ran one season, Kate's work as the title character in MRS. COLOMBO, was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama that year. She then went on to create her most famous television character, Captain Kathryn Janeway, the first female Captain in the newest STAR TREK franchise, STAR TREK VOYAGER. The role won her Best Actress in a Television Series Drama at both the Satellite and Saturn Awards. Kate continues, even now, to be a hard sought after participant in the many STAR TREK and Sci Fi Conventions around the country.

The Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series is for Kate's portrayal of her fourth possibly iconic character, Galina "Red" Reznikov, in Netflix's ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. As Red, she is the Master Chef of the prison kitchen, and is the behind-the-scenes leader of the female prison's white population. After getting involved in the Russian mafia, Red swiftly climbed the ranks of the organization. Red is feared and respected by most of the prisoners, but her fate has turned recently, and she now does not quite have the power she once did.

At the same time Kate started her professional acting career, her love of theater blossomed with her first role as Emily in OUR TOWN at the American Shakespeare Theatre, in Stratford, Connecticut. Her interests took her across the country with work in productions at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the La Jolla Playhouse, and many more.

Kate's work in the theater won her a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance for her part in OUR LEADING LADY, and an Obie Award for Outstanding Performance in "Iphigenia 2.0." Her most recognized work was for her captivating performance as Katherine Hepburn, in the one woman show, TEA AT FIVE. She was nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance by the Outer Critics Circle; Outstanding Lead Actress by the Lucille Lortel Awards; and won Best Actress (Touring, Independent Production) at the Carbonell Awards.

Kate has consistently worked throughout her career in films, but has never had the same recognition and achievement that she has won from her television and stage audiences. Although she had roles in some memorable movies such as THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN and cult classics REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS and CAMP NOWHERE, her biggest screen role was bringing her Captain Janeway character in STAR TREK: NEMESIS with co-star Patrick Stewart.

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Off-Broadway Premiere Production, 2019
Hertha Ayrton

Vineyard Theatre Production, 2013

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 2008
Hesther Salomon

Mommy [Replacement]

Mommy [Replacement]


Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007
Laura Keene

Katharine Hepburn


Kate Mulgrew Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2020 - Distinguished Performance Award

Kate Mulgrew, The Half-Life of Marie Curie

Obie Awards - 2008 - Performance

Kate Mulgrew, Iphigenia 2.

Kate Mulgrew Videos

Kate Mulgrew News

World Premiere of JOB Extends Through Mid-October at SoHo Playhouse

JOB, the world premiere of a new play by Max Wolf Friedlich, starring Peter Friedman and Sydney Lemmon has extended its critically acclaimed run.

DEAD OUTLAW World Premiere, NOBODY CARES Starring Laura Benanti & More Set for Audible Theater Programming

Audible Inc. celebrates the fifth anniversary of Audible Theater with new shows: The Energy Curfew Music Hour, Nobody Cares starring Laura Benanti, and the world premiere of Dead Outlaw. Read more about these upcoming productions and the expansion of Audible Theater's programming.

Audible Theater's New York Premiere of SWING STATE to Begin Previews Tomorrow

Audible Theater’s New York premiere of the Goodman Theatre production of Swing State, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman begins previews this week. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Titles by Eva Noblezada, Gabriel Byrne & More Set for Audible Theater June Slate

Audible Inc., has released a new slate of four Audible Theater titles. See full programming and learn how to listen in!

Michael Cruz Kayne's SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS Begins Previews Tonight At Audible Theater

Audible Theater's production of Michael Cruz Kayne's self-authored show Sorry For Your Loss, directed by Josh Sharp, begins previews tonight, Friday, April 28, at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, between MacDougal & 6th Avenue – one block south of W. 3rd Street), Audible's creative home for live performances in New York.

New Dates Set for CENTER OF THE YOUNIVERSE Starring Tituss Burgess & Jane Krakowski

Audible Inc. has announced new performance dates for Center of the YOUniverse, a new show starring six-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess and Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski. See how to purchase tickets!

Alison Pill, Reed Birney, Marsha Mason & More to Star in Audible Theater Originals This Spring

Audible Inc., has announced a new slate of four Audible Theater titles scheduled for release on March 23. See the lineup!

DRINKING IN AMERICA Extended at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre

Audible Theater will present four additional performances of Drinking in America, written by three-time Obie Award winner Eric Bogosian, starring Andre Royo, and directed by Mark Armstrong.

Tituss Burgess & Jane Krakowski to Star in CENTER OF THE YOUNIVERSE at the Minetta Lane Theatre

Six-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess and Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski will perform live together in a new show, Center of the YOUniverse. See performance dates and learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: Elvis Costello, Paula Vogel, And More Turn Out For LETTERS FROM MAX Opening Night At Signature Theatre!

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere production of MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl's Letters From Max, directed by Kate Whoriskey, based on the book by Ruhl and Max Ritvo (Milkweed Editions), running through March 19, 2023. See photos from the show's opening night celebration featuring the show's star Jessica Hecht, rock icon Elvis Costello and more!

Audible Theater's LUCY Reschedules Two Performances Due to Illness in the Company

Due to illness in the company, the February 13 and February 14 performances of Audible Theater’s Lucy have been rescheduled.

New Comedy Shows with Chris Gethard & Michael Cruz Kayne to be Presented at Audible Theater This Spring

Audible Inc., has announced details for Audible Theater’s next two shows at the Minetta Lane Theatre, featuring Chris Gethard & Michael Cruz Kayne.

Andre Royo to Star in Eric Bogosian's DRINKING IN AMERICA at Audible Theater

Audible Inc., will present Drinking in America, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Eric Bogosian and starring Andre Royo, as the next production opening at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theatre.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Complete Series to Be Released on DVD Next Month

The “Orange Is the New Black” Complete Series Collection contains every episode of the four-time Primetime Emmy® winner and its story of Piper Chapman, a public relations executive with a career, a fiancé – and a wild past involving a suitcase full of drug money. Sentenced to a federal women’s penitentiary, Piper slowly adjusts to her new reality.

Eva Noblezada to Present NOSTALGIA: A LOVE LETTER TO NYC at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre in January 2023

For three nights only, from Thursday, January 12 – Saturday, January 14, two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada will welcome you to Nostalgia: A Love Letter to NYC, an intimate evening of songs and storytelling—celebrating everything that is so maddening and magical about our beloved city. It will be performed at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Kelli O'Hara, Denée Benton, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More Featured in Audible Theater Originals

Audible Inc. has announced a new slate of four Audible Theater titles. In addition to presenting thrilling live performances at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, audio plays are a staple of Audible Theater's programming, which continues to deliver the theater experience to millions of listeners around the world.

Photos: Go Inside Vineyard Theatre's Emerging Artists Celebration

See photos of Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern presenting T. Adamson the 2022-23 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. Adamson was presented with the award at The Vineyard's Emerging Artists Celebration on Tuesday, November 15. 

World Premiere of Erica Schmidt's LUCY to be Presented by Audible Theater in January 2023

Audible Inc. will present the world premiere of Lucy, written and directed by BAFTA Award nominee Erica Schmidt (Cyrano, MacBeth). Performances of the limited five-week-only engagement will begin Saturday, January 28, 2023 with an official opening on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

WHO'S HOLIDAY! to Return to Theater Wit in November

Christmas Day is in our grasp. Why the vodka? Glad you asked! Theater Wit has announced the return of Who’s Holiday!, a hilarious night out with a booze-guzzling, cigarette-smoking, 40-year-old Cindy Lou Who as she recalls the fateful night she met The Grinch, and the sordid events that happened after, November 25-December 30, 2022. 

Jason Gotay, and the World Premiere of GOOD ENEMY Upcoming at the Minetta Lane Theatre

Audible Inc. has announced additional live events from Audible Theater at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible’s creative home for live performances in New York. For three nights only, from Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, join Jason Gotay as he brings his breathtaking vocals and gift of storytelling to the Minetta Lane Theatre.


Kate Mulgrew has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Kate Mulgrew has not appeared in the West End

Kate Mulgrew has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She received a nomination for the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for her role in "The Half-Life of Marie Curie." Mulgrew was also nominated for a Performance award at the Obie Awards for her performance in "Iphigenia 2.0." Additionally, she received a nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her role in "Tea at Five." Lastly, Mulgrew was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress at The Lortels for her performance in "Tea at Five."

Kate Mulgrew has won the Performance (Obie Awards) for her role in "Iphigenia 2.0".

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