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Cindy Gold

I am an actress and a professor of Theatre. I am currently rehearsing THE MOST SPECTACULARLY LAMENTABLE TRIAL OF MIZ MARTHA WASHINGTON, directed by NU alum, Whitney White, at Steppenwolf Theatre. I'll be, once again, playing Fezziwig in The Goodman's A CHRISTMAS CAROL in December, directed by alum and faculty, Professor Jessica Thebus.



Area(s) of Expertise

Acting, Comedy, Improvisation, Performing Arts, Television
Cindy Gold

An active member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA, Cindy Gold has worked regionally at The Asolo Theatre in Florida; The Kennedy Center, in Washington; Glimmerglass Opera, New York; Interact Theatre, Philadelphia; Tectonic Theatre (in several workshops including Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations), Cape Rep Theatre, Massachusetts; Madison Repertory Theatre and the Peninsula Players in Wisconsin; Shakespeare Sedona in Arizona; the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; the Boston Shakespeare Company; and several professional improvisation groups, most notably Mental Floss in Miami and the Next Move in Boston. In Chicago, Cindy has appeared at Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, About Face Theatre. She played Gertrude Stein in Frank Galati and Stephen Flaherty’s musical adaptation of Loving Repeating at the MCA in Chicago, for which she won the Joseph Jefferson award for Best Actress.

Cindy will be appearing at Steppenwolf Theatre in The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, directed by NU alum, Whitney White, as well as Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, directed by alum and faculty, Professor Jessica Thebus, both in Fall 2022.

She appeared on TV in Chicago Fire, Empire, Leverage, Miami Vice, and The Guiding Light, as well as a number of national commercials for television and radio. Film credits include the newly released, I Used to Go Here, written and directed by Chris Rey.

She has directed at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, The Coconut Grove Playhouse Summer Conservatory in Miami, The Lyric Stage in Boston, The Festival of Southern Theatre in Mississippi, and the 13th Street Theatre in New York City, among others. At Northwestern, Gold directed the world premiere of Joyce Carol Oates’ The Passion of Henry David Thoreau, as well as The Beaux’ Stratagem, On the Verge, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Dialect coaching in Chicago includes Northlight Theatre, Griffin Theatre, The Court, The Lyric Opera (where she worked with director Robert Altman and composer William Balcom on their adaptation of Altman’s A Wedding), Timeline, Famous Door, Rivendell, and Shattered Globe Theaters.


  • MFA, Performance, Professional Actor Training Program, Alabama Shakespeare Festival
  • BFA, Acting, Boston University

Recent Honors

  • 2011 Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring
  • 2006 Best Actress for Loving Repeating, Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards


  • 243-1,2,3: Acting I: Principles of Characterization
  • 341-1,2,3: Acting II: Analysis and Performance
  • 349-1,2,3: Acting III: Problems in Style