KATHLEEN CHALFANT is an award-winning veteran stage actress. Her accolades include the Drama Desk award, two Obie awards, and a Tony Award nomination. She has been nominated for a Tony Award and has won the Drama Desk two Obie Awards. Kathleen gives a dramatic presentation about the mysterious and brilliant Patricia Highsmith, with Joan Schenkar, author of The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith (Picador, 2009).
For her role in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches in 1993, Kathleen was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actress. One of her most notable performances was as Vivian Bearing, a terminally ill patient, in the play Wit, for which she shaved her head. For this performance, she won the Outer Critics, Drama Desk, Obie, and Lucille Lortel awards. Kathleen picked up her second Obie in 2003 for her performance in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.
Kathleen is also a frequent cast member in popular films and TV shows. More recently, she performed in The People Speak, a 2009 film based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
Kathleen lives in New York with her husband, Henry Chalfant. They have two children, David and Andromache.