Catherine Purcell is a millennial actor, singer, writer, part-time job juggler currently working up and down the East Coast of America, primarily residing in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Catherine grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended an all-girl's, Catholic high school, where her passion for performance was sparked and cultivated (also where she collected a bevy of hilarious stories centering on the misadventures of the Sisters of St Joseph and their teenage, female charges). She then went on to study music and drama at the collegiate level in Washington, DC and London, England and completed a college apprenticeship with the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC; since graduating, she has been working with consistency on new and classic works alike in New York, Washington, and Philadelphia.  She is equally passionate about all forms of theatre, but has a special interest in new works and re-imaginings of classical texts. 

In her free time, Catherine enjoys music of the indie variety, coffee, Wes Anderson and Steven Spielberg films (any good film, really), dogs, sometimes children, dissecting Shakespeare,  and collaborating with her friends on original material. 

Fun facts: she is 54.4% English, she once won the Hamilton lottery, and she has never had a cavity.

Any questions? Feel free to send her an email at catherinemaurapurcell@gmail.com



What's the buzz?

"A young soprano with a perfect voice for the anthem"- The Wall Street Journal 

"Catherine Purcell paints a sentimental and vulnerable portrait... Her number is one of the strongest of the evening thanks to the soft touch she gives to the stirring number"- BroadwayWorld

"Catherine Purcell’s work is new to me, but her sympathetic, pointed portrayal of a confused, overworked daughter just trying to keep it together for her sister and her failing mother makes me want to see more."- The Zebra

"Catherine Purcell and Zack Krajnyak as lovers Johanna and Anthony were wonderful, adeptly showing why romances worth dying for make for the most beautiful stories. With the bounce in their steps of young lovers and the beautiful voices that would make anyone swoon, they were ideal for the roles." BroadwayWorld

"Catherine Purcell displays a soaring soprano voice and effective versatility called for by her role"- DCTheatreScene

"Catherine Purcell brings a quiet sureness to the role of Olga, the eldest daughter...her voice reaching soaring, operatic heights. Her simple, strong faith as shown here is borne out by historical fact."-DCMetroTheatreArts

"Purcell's voice is startlingly good on songs like "(When I Marry) Mr. Snow""-DCMetroTheatreArts