German born actress and singer/songwriter Katharine Mehrling has studied acting and musical theatre in London (London Studio Centre) and New York (Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute).
Katharine made her theatre debut in the Old Vic – in London’s West End in the Musical HAIR directed by Michael Bogdanov (English Shakespeare Company), she played the part of ‘Chrissy’ along side John Barrowman and Paul Hipp. The ‘Original London Cast Recording of the Hair revival’ was produced by Mike Batt.
Back in Germany, Katharine won the prestigious Federal singing contest in the Berlin ‘Theatre des Westens’ for musical theatre and chanson.
Katharine has played numerous leading roles such as Sugar Kane in SOME LIKE IT HOT, Evita in EVITA, Polly in DIE DREIGROSCHENOPER (THREEPENNY OPERA), Sandy in GREASE, Eponine in LES MISERABLES, Norma Cassidy in VICTOR/VICTORIA (European premiere), Lucy in JEKYLL N HYDE and the leading role in Kander and Ebb’s AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND (European premiere).
In more than 250 performances, Katharine played the part of Sally Bowles in CABARET, in the ‘Bar Jeder Vernunft’ in Berlin (Director: Vincent Paterson).
A reoccurring role in Katharine’s vita is the role of PIAF. In three different productions she embodied the French legend. Having lived in Paris for a time and taking her studies further in French chanson, inspired her to create her own program, HOMMAGES, dedicated to great French artists such as Aznavour, Brel and Piaf. With her musicians, Katharine has performed concerts all over Europe. She was also invited by Horst Koehler, Germany’s Ex -President of the Federal Republic, to perform at the castle Bellevue.
She starred in the One-woman-Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, TELL ME ON A SUNDAY and played the title role in IRMA LA DOUCE at the Tribuene Berlin. Katharine appears as the female singer in the Officers Club scene in the Bryan Singer movie VALKYRIE starring Tom Cruise. She also is to be heard on John Ottmans soundtrack with the song FUER EINE NACHT VOLLER SELIGKEIT.
The musical THE BIRDS OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK, especially written for Katharine in the role of Tippi Hedren, had its world premiere in Germany in 2010. In that same year she received the Berlin Theatre price “GOLDENER VORHANG (GOLDEN CURTAIN) as best actress for her performance in the Theatre play FOREVER YOUNG.