KATHLEEN CHALFANT is one of the theater’s most celebrated actors. She is well known to New York audiences and worldwide for her portrayal of Vivian Bearing in the Off-Broadway, Los Angeles and London productions of the Pulitzer Prize-winning WIT. For her performance, Ms. Chalfant received the Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, LA Ovation Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, as well as her second Obie Award. She was also acclaimed for her Tony-nominated performance as Hannah Pitt in Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA on Broadway.
As familiar a face in film as in the theatre, Ms. Chalfant can also be seen in the feature films ISN’T IT DELICIOUS?, R.I.P.D., DUPLICITY with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts, A PERFECT STRANGER opposite Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, IN BED WITH ULYSSES, THE LAST NEW YORKER, KINSEY, LACKAWANNA BLUES, DARK WATER, RANDOM HEARTS, Boaz Yakin’s A PRICE BELOW RUBIES, Whit Stillman’s THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, SIDE STREETS, COMPANY MEN, and THE PORNOGRAPHER. She co-starred in the NBC series THE BOOK OF DANIEL and has appeared on the small screen in HBO’S MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT opposite Christopher Plummer, the CBS drama THE GUARDIAN, HBO’s THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Steven King mini-series STORM OF THE CENTURY; VOICES FROM THE WHITE HOUSE (PBS), A DEATH IN THE FAMILY (American Masterpiece Theatre/PBS), with recurring roles on the critically acclaimed HOUSE OF CARDS, RESCUE ME, PRINCE STREET and ONE LIFE TO LIVE; and guest spots on MERCY, LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, SPIN CITY and NEW YORK UNDERCOVER.
In 1996, she made her Shakespearean debut in the Public Theater’s HENRY V, where her Mistress Quickly garnered her a 1996 Calloway Award for Best Classical Performance of the Year.
Ms. Chalfant most recently appeared Off-Broadway in SOMEWHERE FUN at the Vineyard Theatre and RED DOG HOWLS at New York Theatre Workshop. Other acclaimed performances include DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE at Playwrights Horizons opposite Mary-Louise Parker and in Tony Kushner’s INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUALS…at the Guthrie Theatre. Some of her other stage credits include PAINTING CHURCHES, FAMIY WEEK directed by Jonathan Demme, SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, GUANTANAMO, 5 BY TENN at the Kennedy Center and Manhattan Theatre Club, THE LAST LETTER with TFNA, FAR AWAY at New York Theatre Workshop, BLOOMER GIRL at City Center Encores!, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES at the West Side Arts Theater in New York and the San Francisco production, THE LAST LETTER at Theatre for a New Audience, SAVANNAH BAY at Classic Stage Company, TRUE HISTORY AND REAL ADVENTURES at the Vineyard Theatre, NINE ARMENIANS at the Manhattan Theatre Club; the premiere of David Hare’s new play RACING DEMON at Lincoln Center; TWELVE DREAMS, directed by James Lapine; M. BUTTERFLY opposite John Lithgow; THE CRUCIBLE as Anne Putnam, SISTER MARY IGNATIUS..., and THE PARTY.