Katherine Renee "Kate" Shindle (born January 31, 1977), Miss America 1998 and Miss Illinois 1997, is an American actress, singer, dancer, and AIDS activist. She is the author of the 2014 memoir Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain, published by the University of Texas Press. She is currently serving as the President of the Actors' Equity Association, elected in 2015.
Katherine Renee Shindle
January 31, 1977
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Occupation||Author, singer, actress, dancer, public speaker, AIDS prevention advocate|
|Title||Miss America 1998|
Miss Illinois 1997
President of Actors' Equity Association (2015-present)
|Predecessor||Tara Dawn Holland|
|16th President of the Actors' Equity Association|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Nick Wyman|
Shindle was born in Toledo, Ohio, grew up in Brigantine, New Jersey and Moorestown, New Jersey and attended high school at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. She was a double major in sociology and theater (with a minor in musical theater) at Northwestern University. She has worked as an actress in New York since 1999. Shindle is also a licensed real estate agent.
Shindle appeared (as a replacement) in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde as understudy for the role of Lucy and several other roles. After being cast by co-directors Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, she played the role of Sally Bowles in the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret on the national tour in 2000-2001, and on Broadway during June–July 2001. She played this role again in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (Jupiter, Florida) production, starting in January 2012, and was nominated for a 2013 Carbonell Award. In 2007-08 she appeared in the Broadway musical Legally Blonde as Vivienne Kensington. She played the Mad Hatter in the Broadway production of Wonderland in 2011.
She appeared in a concert version of Jeykll & Hyde in September 2004 at the Mohegan Sun Casino's Cabaret Theatre in Uncasville, Connecticut, playing Lucy. She then toured in the United States with the concert version, starting in September 2005, and recorded the role on the Jekyll & Hyde: Resurrection album.
|2004||The Stepford Wives||Beth Peters|
|2004||Seven Ten Split||Kate||Short film|
|2014||Lucky Stiff||Dominique||Also performer|
|1997||77th Miss America Pageant||Herself / Miss Illinois||TV Special|
|1998||The 78th Annual Miss America Pageant||Herself / Miss America 1998|
|1999||Today||Herself / Correspondent||Episode: "Episode dated 20 December 1999"|
|2004||As the World Turns||Flight Attendant||Episode: "Episode dated 23 August 2004"|
|2005||Chasing the Crown||Herself / Host||Television film|
|2007||Legally Blonde: The Musical||Vivienne Kensington||Television film; also performer|
|2008||Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods||Herself||Episodes: "These Pink Boots Are Made for Walking", "A Star Is Born"|
|2009||White Collar||Female Anchor||Episode: "Flip of the Coin"|
|2010||Gossip Girl||Samantha||Episode: "Goodbye, Columbia"|
|2011||Last Cake Standing||Herself / Judge||Episode: "Cakes Got Talent"|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Julianne||Episode: "Reasonable Doubt"|
|2019||The Good Fight||Rachelle Dax||7 episodes|
|2019||Elementary||Danielle Olivera||Episode: "On the Scent"|
- Jekyll & Hyde (1997) – A Young Girl; Bet; Bridesmaid; Housemaid; Nurse; Lucy u/s
- Cabaret (1998) – Sally Bowles
- Legally Blonde (2007) – Vivienne Kensington
- 8 (2011) – Court Clerk
- Wonderland (2011) – The Mad Hatter
- Dracula, the Musical (2011) – Mina
- The Sting (2018) – Billie – Paper Mill Playhouse
- Shindle, Kate. Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain, University of Texas Press, 2014.
- Shindle, Kate. "The Real Housewives of Miss America." Daily Beast, September 21, 2014.
- Shindle, Kate. "Running low on role models: Miss Nevada's out, Tara Conner's wobbly reign continues, and we're left wondering: What are beauty queens for, anyway?." Salon (website), December 26, 2006.
- Witchel, Alex (August 28, 2014). "Taking the Crown, Then Taking Orders: Former Miss America Kate Shindle Revisits Favorite Haunts". New York Times.
- Elisa, Lala (August 18, 2014). "Miss America winner writes book documenting experiences". Press of Atlantic City.
- Purcell, Carey. "Actress, Newly Elected Equity President and Former Miss America Kate Shindle On Still Trying to "Cobble Together a Living" Playbill, August 2015
- "Broadway World Biography". Broadway World.
- Marcus, Joan. "Author Alison Bechdel and actor Katherine Shindle dish on the Tony winning musical Fun Home opening Tuesday in Philly", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, 2017. Accessed November 29, 2017. "A critical and commercial hit when it opened in 2015 on Broadway, the show kicked off a national tour in October and stars former Miss America Katherine Shindle (Legally Blonde on Broadway, Cabaret national tour), who grew up in New Jersey, in Brigantine and Moorestown, and attended Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken."
- "Miss America: Miss Illinois 1997". Miss America.
- "Kate Shindle Broadway" PlaybillVault, accessed August 17, 2015
- Tauber, Michelle; Neill, Mike; Russell, Lisa; Fowler, Joanne; Dam, Julie; Tresniowski, Alex; Miller, Samantha; Dougherty, Steve; Yu, Ting (October 16, 2000). "American Beauties: 80 Years". People.
- Hetrick, Adam. "Cabaret, Starring Kate Shindle, Begins at Maltz Jupiter Theatre Jan. 10", Playbill, January 10, 2012
- Pincus-Roth, Zachary. "Legally Blonde Ends San Francisco Run Feb. 24; Broadway Next", Playbill, February 24, 2007
- Jones, Kenneth. "Take Me Back to Mad Hatter: Wonderland, With Janet Dacal as Alice, Begins on Broadway", Playbill, March 21, 2011
- Hernandez, Ernio. "Broadway's Robert Evan and Kate Shindle Reprise Jekyll & Hyde in Concert, Sept. 8-12", Playbill, August 21, 2004
- Keddy, Genevieve Rafter. "Photo Coverage: Jekyll & Hyde in Concert", broadwayworld, February 2, 2006
- "University of Texas Press Biography". University of Texas Press.
- "The Sting - Paper Mill Playhouse". Paper Mill Playhouse. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
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- Katherine Shindle at the Internet Broadway Database
|Awards and achievements|
Tara Dawn Holland
| Miss America
| Miss Illinois