Kathleen Wrinn

Department of Drama

Assistant Professor, Musical Theater

Kathleen Wrinn portrait.

Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama Theater Complex
820 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Kathleen Wrinn is a performer, voice teacher, lyricist, bookwriter, and composer. 

As an assistant professor of musical theater at Syracuse University's Department of Drama, she teaches musical theater performance, collaborative songwriting, and all levels of singing voice.

Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse, Wrinn worked professionally as a performer and teaching artist throughout the Chicagoland area, including spending three years as an actor/deviser with the Lecoq-based physical theater company, Theater Unspeakable, and playing the title role in Evita in NightBlue Theater's co-production with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

 Wrinn then went on to receive an M.F.A. in musical theater writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her full-length musicals and individual songs have been featured at The Kraine Theater, The Rev, Berklee College of Music, NAMT's Songwriters' Cabaret, NYMF’s Women of Note concert for three years in a row, and various cabaret venues around New York and Los Angeles, including Joe's Pub at the Public Theater and 54 Below. Wrinn is currently writing the book and lyrics (with composer Peter Hodgson) for the new musical The Bridge, which tells the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and Emily Roebling, the wife of the chief engineer, who led the worksite for nearly a decade.  

Wrinn is passionate about elevating the voices of underrepresented writers and composers and diversifying the stories told in the musical theater canon. She currently serves as the directory manager for MaestraMusic.org, an organization that provides support, visibility, and community for women in the musical theater industry.

Wrinn is a proud alumna of Syracuse University's Department of Drama and member of the Dramatists Guild of America.


  • M.F.A., New York University (Tisch School of the Arts)
  • B.F.A., Syracuse University


Voice, musical theater, and musical theater writing