Biography

From her home in the hills of Hesse, Katharine Mehrling was soon drawn to the metropolises of the world. She performed at London West End, studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and lived in Paris. Still in training at the London Studio Center, she was asked by stage director Michael Bogdanov (English Shakespeare Company) to join him to perform in the revival-production of 'Hair' at the noted Old Vic Theatre in West. Back on the continent she has worked with a number of different town and state theaters and appeared with leading parts in: Sugar Kane in 'Some Like It Hot', Stadttheater Bern Sandy in 'Grease', Staatstheater Kassel Norma Cassidy in the European debut performance of 'Victor/Victoria', Staats-Operette Dresden Lina Lamont in 'Singing In The Rain', Staats-Operette Dresden Daisy/Esther in 'Fletsch', Kriminaltheater Berlin Sally Brown in 'u bist in Ordnung', 'Charlie Brown', Kleines Theater Berlin and Häbse Theater Basel Polly in der 'Dreigroschenoper', Burgfestspiele Bad Vilbel Eponine in 'Les Miserables', Saarländisches Staatstheater und Evita Peron in 'Evita', Stadttheater Bielefeld.

Since 1995 Katharine Mehrling was awarded with a number of prizes at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang. She is now a member of the jury.

An intense cooperation with director Andreas Gergen linked her with the Schlossparktheater Berlin. She performed as Klein Erna in 'Pinkelstadt' (Urine Town, European debut), Ottilie von Henkeshofen in 'Wie einst im Mai', Lilian in 'Die 3 von der Tankstelle' and Amnesia in 'Non(N)sens'.

Katharine Mehrling has appeared in a number of short-movies and TV series, released various CD's and produced the electronic jazz album 'Midnight State of Mind' featuring her own songs. She now cooperates with jazz-clarinetist Rolf Kühn to produce a new album.

A reoccurring role in Katharine's vita is that of 'Piaf'. In three stagings so far she embodies this French legend of chanson. Katharine went to Paris to encl in a personal journey through time that inspired her to create the new solo program 'Hommages'. In 'Hommages', Katherine and her musicians present chansons by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour and Friedrich Hollaender.

After attending an evening at the Bar jeder Vernunft with Katharine as Sally Bowles in 'Cabaret', the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Köhler, invited her to present her own concert at the official summer festivities 2006 in the presidential gardens at Schloss Bellevue.

Katharine Mehrling now resumes to perform as Sally Bowles in 'Cabaret', beginning January 16th 2007 at the Bar jeder Vernunft, stage director: Vincent Paterson (choreography of 'Dancer in the Dark').