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      Caitlin Kinnunen

      Caitlin Kinnunen

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      A Broadway veteran while still in her teens, actress Caitlin Kinnunen earned critical praise for her spirited performances in such hit musicals as "Spring Awakening" and a Tony nomination for her starring role as a fearless gay teen in "The Prom." Born and raised in Washington state, Kinnunen's interest in acting was sparked after her parents enrolled her in drama classes at the age of four to help her feel more confident with public speaking. Her performing career quickly progressed from regional theater to the Broadway stage with an audition for the youthquake musical "Spring Awakening." Kinnunen, then just 16, was hired to serve as the replacement for the brassy young Thea, and headed with her mother to New York, where she made her debut in the Tony-winning production in 2006. She would remain with "Awakening'" until 2009, and then segued into the touring company of another Tony winning production, "Next to Normal," from 2010 to 2011. During this period, Kinnunen also found occasional roles on television and in independent features, including the comedy "It's Kind of a Funny Story" (2010) and the dark drama "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (2011). In 2014, she attended the reading for a new musical, "The Prom," and auditioned for the role of Alyssa, Emma's cheerleader girlfriend. Kinnunen was instead tapped to play the show's lead, and after two years of workshops and a 2016 try-out run in Atlanta, Georgia - as well as several months in the Broadway production of "The Bridges of Madison County" and appearances in "The Intern" (2015), with Robert De Niro, and the historical drama series "The Knick" (Cinemax 2014-15) - made her debut in "The Prom's" Broadway run in 2018. The musical, about a quartet of fading Broadway actors who travel to a small town to support high school student Emma after she is barred from bringing her girlfriend to prom, was a critical success, netting Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book, and Leading Actress for Kinnunen. The critical success of the play led to additional acting opportunities for Kinnunen, as well as a watershed personal moment after she kissed her co-star, Isabella McCalla, during a musical number from "The Prom" at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Shortly after the uproar, Kinnunen came out as a lesbian.

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      No Score Yet 58% Sweet Little Lies Bess (Character) - 2011

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      97% 78% Younger Heidi (Guest Star) 2017