Who is she?

About Catherine

Earnest. Eccentric. Elegant.


Catherine Purcell is a millennial actor, singer, writer, part-time job juggler currently residing in Washington Heights, Manhattan and working up and down the East Coast of America. Catherine grew up in a small Pennsylvania town adjacent to the City of Brotherly Love 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 moved to NYC a few months after graduation with the stereotypical '3 bucks, 2 bags, 1 me' mentality. Since then, she has been working with consistency on new and classic works alike in New York, Washington, and Philadelphia. At 22, she has had the privilege of performing at venues such as Joe's Pub at the Public and The Kennedy Center, has been featured on two cast recordings (soon to be three), performed alongside Broadway bona fides and has been coached by legends such as Renee Fleming, held a casting internship at the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Company, originated roles in four, new full-length musicals, and has played a host of iconic roles (one with only 3 days rehearsal, but that's another story), and once won the Hamilton Lottery. Suffice to say, Catherine has loved her life in the industry so far and is always hunting down her next adventure.


You can catch her next onstage back in her native city of Philadelphia. Catherine is always game for a solid orphan number. You can also put her in your CD player, Walkman, or whatever the cool kids are using these days after she heads into the studio to record Kaleidoscope, a new musical. Kaleidoscope tells the tale of a former Broadway star suffering from Alzheimer's disease (originated by Florence Lacey). The piece premiered at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, VA in Spring 2017 and Catherine played Monica Thorne, the younger daughter of Flo's character, Evelyn Thorne. In her free time, Catherine enjoys music of the indie variety, Wes Anderson and Steven Spielberg films, dogs, sometimes children, and collaborating with her friends on sketches, music, and other material. 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's review of Catherine's performance The Smithsonian's A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America. 

"Catherine Purcell’s (Monica) 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 on Catherine's performance in Kaleidoscope

"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 on Catherine's take on Johanna in Sweeney Todd

"Catherine Purcell displays a soaring soprano voice and effective versatility called for by her role"- DCTheatreScene on Catherine's work in Kaleidoscope

"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 on Catherine's portrayal of Olga Romanov in Romanov

"Purcell's voice is startlingly good on songs like "(When I Marry) Mr. Snow""-DCMetroTheatreArts on Catherine's turn as Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel