Catherine Weidner

Director of London Center, Theatre Arts
Phone: 607-274-1304
Office: Dillingham Center 226, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Shakespeare, Classical Acting, Audition Techniques, Acting, Director

Catherine Weidner is a teacher, director and actor, who currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College. Recent professional acting and directing credits include Third by Wendy Wasserstein at the Hangar Theatre, directed by Artistic Director Michael Barakiva, and directing Othello and As You Like It for Theater at Monmouth in Maine.  In 2014, she played Silda in Other Desert Cities at the Hangar Theatre, and directed Henry V for Austin Shakespeare.  Other professional credits include: directing an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma for Nebraska Repertory Theatre; Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, and Merry Wives of Windsor for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Two Gentlemen of Verona for Theater at Monmouth in Maine; and Or, at Caffeine Theatre in Chicago.  As an Equity actor, she has worked at The Kennedy Center in A Streetcar Named Desire with Patricia Clarkson, Amy Ryan and Noah Emmerich, directed by  Tony-Award-winner Garry Hynes; at Center Stage in Baltimore in Blithe Spirit, and Mary Stuart; and at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in The Heidi Chronicles, directed by Tazewell Thompson.  She has worked at The Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the La Jolla Playhouse, and with Bread & Puppet.  She holds a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College and an MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota, and has also trained at Complicite in London, The Second City in Chicago and The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.  For ten years she was the Program Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University, offering a one-year MFA in Classical Acting.  From 2007- 2013 she taught Classical Acting and Heightened Text at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she served as Head of BFA Acting. For Ithaca College Theatre, she has directed Cabaret, Company, and As You Like It, and taught Audition Techniques, Acting I, Freshmen Scene Study, Sophomore Scene Study, Sophomore Voice & Speech, Styles of Acting I: The Greeks & Shakespeare, and Special Topics: Shakespeare Intensive.