Kathryn MacKay

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Kathryn MacKay is a Kingston based actor and director.

Kathryn MacKay, via The Kingston-Whig Standard


MacKay is married to Greg Wanless, a professor at Queen's University. They have two sons.


Mackay received her BAH in Drama and History from Queen's University, before going on to receive her B.Ed from there as well. She graduated with honours both times, before going to The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts to get her MA in Text and Performance studies, where she graduated with distinction. [1]


MacKay is a founding member and served as Associate Artistic Director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse until 2012. Favourite directing credits there include: The Clockmaker, The Drowning Girls, The Russian Play/Essay, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, The Drowsy Chaperone, Trying and Half Life. Outside of the over 100 shows she's done with the Thousand Islands Playhouse[2], other directing credits include: Hothouse, How I learned to Drive, Perfect Pie, The Passion, Shape of a Girl, Vigil (Theatre Kingston), Women Who Shout at the Stars (Summerworks), Rare, Down Syndrome by the Dozen (PeerLess Productions). Currently MacKay is the Interim Artistic Director/General Manager of Theatre Kingston and the Artistic Director of PeerLess Productions.[3]

Selected Credits

Directing Experience

Year Show Playwright Company Notes
2017 The Revolutions Rhiannon Collette SpiderWebShow New work
2016 Hothouse Judith Thompson Theatre Kingston New work
2015 Exposure John Lazarus Undershaft & Lazarus New work
2014 Rare Judith Thompson PeerLess Productions
2014 Women Who Shout at the Stars Carolyn Hetherington SummerWorks/Ottawa Fringe New work
2013 Vigil Morris Panych Theatre Kingston
2012 The Clockmaker Stephen Massicotte Thousand Islands Playhouse
2011 Stone Soup David Archibald H’ART Studio New work
2010 Up the River John Corrigan Thousand Islands Playhouse New work
2010 Between Drinks Mary O’Malley Guilguid Theatre, London UK New work
2010 Freedom ’85 Deb Hale Theatre Orangeville/Lighthouse New work
2008 The Garbage and the Flowers Kim Renders Theatre Kingston New work
2008 Half Life John Meighton Thousand Islands Playhouse
2008 Women Beware Women Thomas Middleton adapted by Kate Graham Guerilla Cabaret, Los Angeles
2008 Russian Play/Essay Hannah Moscovitch Thousand Islands Playhouse
2008 Newton Finds a Home David Archibald H’ART Studio New work
2007 The Classroom Mary O’Malley Guerilla Cabaret, NYC New work
2007 The Red Priest Meicho Ouchi Thousand Islands Playhouse
2006 Sexy Laundry Michelle Riml Thousand Islands Playhouse
2006 Perfect Pie Judith Thompson Thousand Islands Playhouse
2006 A Woman Killed With Kindness Thomas Heywood RADA, London UK
2005 The Winter’s Tale William Shakespeare RADA, London UK
2005 The Cost of Living Morris Panych Thousand Islands Playhouse
2005 Trying Joanna McLelland Glass Thousand Islands Playhouse
2004 Girl in a Goldfish Bowl Morris Panych Thousand Islands Playhouse
2003 The Shape of a Girl Joan McLeod Theatre Kingston
2003 Blessings in Disguise Douglas Beattie Thousand Islands Playhouse New work
2002 How I Learned to Drive Paula Vogel Theatre Kingston
2001 The Passion Laurie Fyffe Theatre Kingston New work


Name:Kathryn MacKay


  1. http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/alumnireview/stories/plays-are-thing
  2. http://www.thewhig.com/2012/10/04/closing-the-curtains-on-a-memorable-career
  3. https://www.hartschool.ca/people/kathryn-mackay/