Star of Funny Girl, Katerina McCrimmon, Returns to NWSA to Offer Masterclass.Friday, November 17

Decorative. Poster of Funny Girl with actor Katerina McCrimmon and title of musical

New World School of the Arts theatre alumna and rising star, Katerina McCrimmon, returns to South Florida this month in the lead role of Vaudeville’s sweetheart, Fanny Brice, in the first national tour of Broadway’s Funny Girl. For NWSA however, her visit to her hometown is also an opportunity to connect current students to a successful alum who is actively practicing her artform to support the mission of the institution, as students prepare to launch their own artistic careers.
Despite her demanding rehearsal and acting schedule, Katerina will visit New World School of the Arts to present a masterclass to more than 100 theatre students, where she will also coach performers from the NWSA college and high school programs and offer a Q/A about her career.
“It is an invaluable experience for our current students to hear from Katerina about her journey from being a New World School of the Arts high school student to headlining a first national tour a few short years later,” notes Alan Patrick Kenny, Dean of Theater at New World School of the Arts.
Dena Barros, a New World School of the Arts college musical theatre senior and President of the NWSA Student Government Association highlights, “Katerina McCrimmon has become an inspiration to all current NWSA theatre students. I’m so excited that she’s coming back to share nuggets of wisdom about her career and experience of portraying Fanny Brice!”
West Rubin, a high school student in the musical theatre track adds enthusiastically, “Having Katerina visit my school is such an honor and exciting event. Knowing that she was in my same position just a few years ago shows so much hope for my future. I know I’ll learn so much in a short amount of time and will be able to apply it to my own training.”

During her tenure as a high school student at New World School of the Arts, Katerina took the lead on stage numerous times, both as a young actor-in-training and as a featured performer during the school’s signature annual showcase, Rising Stars.

Alex Lacamoire playing the piano. Katerina McCrimmon singing by his side in front of a live audience.
Katerina McCrimmon participates in a masterclass by fellow NWSA alumnus,
Alex Lacamoire, during her senior year at New World School of the Arts

Jeff Hess, NWSA Associate Professor Senior and Music Director who worked closely with Katerina recalls, “Katerina was always a delight to work with during her high school years at New World. She was always eager to work, positive, humble, and supportive of everyone.

Working with students who have these attributes at a young age is very fulfilling for a teacher. Seeing her career flourish in portraying the iconic role of Fanny Brice is thrilling to me.”

Katerina McCrimmon singing on stage in front of three students.
Katerina McCrimmon as the featured performer in NWSA’s Rising Stars

Katerina McCrimmon, a YoungArts Finalist and Presidential Scholar in the Arts, graduated from the New World School of the Arts’ high school program in the spring of 2016. Her NWSA performance credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Children of Eden, and John & Jen. Regional credits include In the Heights, Gathering Blue, and Hair.

Katerina McCrimmon headlines Funny Girl in the musical’s first national tour at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. November 14 – November 26, 2023. Tickets at
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November 17; 1:10 PM-2:25 PM

Louise O. Gerrits Theater
25 NE 2 Street, 8th Floor, Miami

Media access contact:
Jeannique Alexis, Assistant to the Dean of Theater, (305) 237-3260 or