Catherine Weidner is a teacher, director and actor, who currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College. This summer she appears in Third by Wendy Wasserstein at the Hangar Theatre, directed by Interim Artistic Director Michael Barakiva. Next summer she will be directing Othello for Theater at Monmouth in Maine. In 2014, she directed As You Like It for the Theater at Monmouth in Maine, played Silda in Other Desert Cities at the Hangar Theatre, and directed Henry V for Austin Shakespeare. Other recent credits include: directing an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma for Nebraska Repertory Theatre; Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, and Merry Wives of Windsor for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Two Gentlemen of Verona for Theater at Monmouth in Maine; and Or, at Caffeine Theatre in Chicago. As an actress she has worked at The Kennedy Center in A Streetcar Named Desire with Patricia Clarkson, Amy Ryan and Noah Emmerich, directed by Garry Hynes; at Center Stage in Baltimore in Blithe Spirit, and Mary Stuart; and at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in The Heidi Chronicles, directed by Tazewell Thompson. She has worked at The Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the La Jolla Playhouse, and with Bread & Puppet. She holds a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College and an MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota, and has also trained at Complicite in London, The Second City in Chicago and The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. For ten years she was the Program Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University, offering a one-year MFA in Classical Acting. From 2007- 2013 she taught Classical Acting and Heightened Text at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she served as Head of BFA Acting.