Katherine McNamara, a brand new addition to the Disney Family, was recently cast in the new Disney pilot "Madison High." She portrays 'Cherri O'Keefe,' resident fashionista and creator of Madison High's popular gossip blog. McNamara's love for acting stretches beyond the small screen, with numerous credits in stage productions and film. 

McNamara began her career on Broadway at the age of 13 as 'Fredrika Armfeldt' in A Little Night Music, starring opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. She was fortunate to continue as 'Fredrika' with the second ALNM Broadway cast of Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch as well. Her other theater roles include 'Esther Jane' in the pre-Broadway world premiere of A Christmas Story, the Musical! as well as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible, Inherit the Wind, Annie, The Secret Garden, and Galileo. She has also been cast in a number of Equity readings, including PAN, which was developed by the In the Heights creative team. 

Katherine will make her big screen debut this year in the Warner Brothers Picture "New Year's Eve," where she portrays 'Lily.' In addition, Katherine will star as ‘Becky Thatcher’ in the re-make of “Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” alongside Joel Courtney and Jake T. Austin. Television credits includes "Law and Order: SVU," "Drop Dead Diva," "30 Rock," "Late Night with David Letterman," "Good Morning, America," and PBS's "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert." 

Kat balances her passion for acting with her dedication to education. At the age of 14, she graduated with honors from high school, and is pursuing a degree in Business with an emphasis in Finance at Drexel University's LeBow School of Business online program. 

Katherine has a passion for all forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, waltz and hula. She also plays the guitar and piano and enjoys singing and songwriting. Katherine plans to share her love of music with the world later this year, and is currently in the studio recording a few original pop songs. She resides in Los Angeles, California and her hometown is Kansas City, Missouri.