Born in Terrace B.C. but raised in the Vancouver area, Cathy loved performing from a young age. Her love of music was nurtured in many choirs, festivals, and school programs, and by high school she knew that being in the Arts was her path in life. She attended Douglas College Theatre program, and upon graduation landed her first contract in dinner theatre where she honed her comedy, dancing, and belting skills. Ten years later, she decided that it was time to get back into musicals in Vancouver and she hasn't stopped since.
She has performed in musicals and plays and has worked in almost every other job theatre has to offer. She has created devised pieces in The Vancouver Fringe Festival, The Revolver Festival, and the International PuSh Festival. In 2018 she performed in London, England with a concert celebrating Canadian Musicals.
In 2014 Cathy went back to finish her Bachelors with the ultimate goal of teaching theatre at the University level. In 2017 she completed an MFA in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy at The Boston Conservatory.
"I believe there are fundamental values found in the theatre that a student can apply to any aspect of their life such as work ethics, responsibility to yourself and a group, problem-solving, self-directed learning, and critical thinking. I am interested in how connected our body is to text and breath, and love watching my students have those moments of discovery. "
Cathy has taught groups and individuals ranging from elementary school students to university students, to those with special needs, to senior citizens. Her focus areas include musical theatre; voice; movement; singing; and acting. She frequently serves as a subject matter expert, acting as a jury member or guest judge adjudicating on review panels and competitions. She has a special passion working with special needs children and loves teaching theatre at studios around town.
TRAINING Masters of Fine Arts Boston Conservatory Bachelor of Performing ArtsCapilano University Associates Degree ActingDouglas College / Allan Lysell & Cheryl Matheson Singing (Classical/SLS)Jenni Driscoll-Holmes, Michael Hanley Dance (Jazz 2, Tap 3, Ballet 2)Carol Seitz – Classic Steps / Harbour Dance Acting - Grotowski, Meisner, AdlerCandice Brown/Andrea Southwick Voice/Movement - Linklater/ Karen Kopryanski/Chris Webb Fitzmaurice/Viewpoints
“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
Mamma Mia! “Cathy Wilmot as Rosie was definitely a crowd-favourite. Wilmot's frequent subtle antics throughout the show, outstanding dancing, and enthusiasm resulted in many laughs from the audience giving the production an extra spark.” - Alyson Eng, Broadway World, Vancouver
Wilmot nearly steals every scene as Rosie in Mamma Mia! “Take a Chance on Me”, she sings, and oh my, how can we resist her? There is no doubt Wilmot is a super trouper.” - Melanie Minty, Surrey Now-Leader
“It is Cathy Wilmot as Rosie who steals the show in a slapstick performance that sang louder than any voice on stage”. - Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents
“Cathy Wilmot, a gifted physical comedienne, steals every scene she’s in as Donna’s friend, Rosie.” - Lillian Jasper, My Two Cents
Sea of Stories "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