Katherine “Katie” Mary Rose Clarke was born in August 25, 1984. Katie is an American musical theater actress. Originally from Friendswood, Texas, she first came to national attention for her portrayal of Clara Johnson in the Broadway production, the live PBS broadcast, and the national tour of The Light in the Piazza. She made her Broadway debut in The Light in the Piazzaon December 9, 2005, at the age of 21, at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in New York City under the name “Katie Clarke”.Clarke replaced Kelli O’Hara in the part of Clara Johnson, after O’Hara had left the show to play Babe Williams opposite Harry Connick, Jr. in The Pajama Game.
She got her start acting at the United Methodist Church. Clarke is a graduate of Sam Houston State University. Her other theater credits include Craig Lucas’ 2007 play Prayer for my Enemy at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven,Connecticut and the Deborah Abramson/William Finn musical revue “Travels With My Discontent” at the Barrington Stage Company. She also performed in the regional production of TUTS Houston Anything Goes in the ensemble. She was profiled in The New York Times in January 2006.
Katie recently portrayed the role of Glinda in 1st National Touring production of the musical Wicked. Her first performance was on November 6, 2007 replacing Christina DeCicco. She starred alongside Carmen Cusack and later Donna Vivino as Elphaba. She left the tour on August 16, 2009 and was replaced by Chandra Lee Schwartz. Now she is to be returning to her role to replace Erin Mackey -this time in Broadway- as from mid January.