Born in Terrace B.C. but raised in the Vancouver area, I loved performing from a young age. My love of music was nurtured in many choirs, festivals, and school programs, and by high school I knew that being in the Arts was my path in life. I then attended Douglas College Theatre program, and upon graduation landed my first contract in dinner theatre where I honed my comedy, dancing, and belting skills. Ten years later, I decided that it was time to get back into musicals in Vancouver and I haven't stopped since.
I have performed in over forty musicals and plays and have worked in almost every other job theatre has to offer. I have performed with a variety of bands and had the privilege performing in many benefit concerts. I have a passion working with special needs children and I love teaching theatre at studios around town.
In 2014 I went back to finish my Bachelors with the ultimate goal of teaching theatre at the University level, and finished in January with the show "Phantasmagoria: Circus of Dreams" at the PUSH Festival. I recently completed an MFA in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy, in 2017 at the Boston Conservatory.
Select Quotes about Cathy's performances “Cathy Wilmot is one of those tour de force performers that we love to watch because, quite frankly, every time we see her in something, she’s a. amazing, b. giving an incredible performance and c. giving a completely different performance than the last time we saw her.” -Ryan Mooney - Artistic Director Fighting Chance Productions
“Cathy Wilmot continues to amaze, and I dare say, is one of Vancouver’s best actors... Wilmot proves once again that not only can she sing and act, but that she is a terrific comedian as well.” - Mark Robins, Gay Vancouver
Sea of Stories "has the powerhouse singing and acting of noted Lower Mainland musical theatre treasure Cathy Wilmot – a performer who lives and breathes the idiom. “Cathy Wilmot is the show stopper and scene stealer." - Melanie Minty - The Surrey Now
“Cathy Wilmot steals everything that isn’t nailed down... she is a born entertainer from her head to her fingertips, one of those magnetic players who can get an audience on-side instantly.” - Alex Browne, Peace Arch News
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: “The show also calls on a top-flight back up vocalist to play Hedwig’s cross-dressing boyfriend, an angry Serb with big lungs…more than meets the need with the superb singing and comedic acting of Cathy Wilmot.” - Peter Bernie - Vancouver Sun
“The stand-out of the show for us has to be (Wilmot’s) portrayal of the equally bitter Yitzhak. It was hard not to watch (Wilmot) even when she was not center stage as she projected her contempt towards Hedwig. And boy can that girl sing” - Gay Vancouver
42nd Street: “Wilmot captures the brash Maggie Jones and cements herself once again as one of this city’s finest character actors.” - Mark Robins
Sweeney Todd: “Cathy Wilmot absolutely steals this show... and best of all, knows how to sing with pure beauty all the difficult passages in an almost operatic score.” - Peter Birnie, The Vancouver Sun
“Cathy Wilmot swaggers through the role of Mrs. Lovett, having the time of her life as she spins the material to hilarious heights.” - Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
“Wilmot, who has proven her worth a number of times in previous Fighting Chance shows, once again proves her ample comedic skills and singing abilities – she is simply mesmerizing to watch.” - Mark Robins