GO Proudly Presents: 100 Women We Love, Class Of 2020

Caitlin Kinnunen

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Best known for her performance in the Broadway musical “The Prom,” Tony-nominated actress Caitlin Kinnunen strives to work on projects that portray people with raw honesty and truth. “It’s so wonderful getting to see how everyone responds to that and really opens up to me because of it,” she tells GO. In “The Prom,” Kinnunen played a Midwestern lesbian teen named Emma, whose prom is canceled because she wanted to bring her girlfriend. Kinnunen’s Broadway credits don’t stop there, though. She has also starred as Thea in “Spring Awakening” and Carolyn in “The Bridges Of Madison County,” as well as Natalie in the national tour of “Next to Normal,” a rock opera focusing on mental health and family ties. As an advocate for real and relatable stories, Kinnunen is also looking for ways to amplify and highlight voices that deserve to have the spotlight. And while she’s working to call attention to queer voices in theater, Kinnunen tells GO the best way to do it in everyday life is just to be visible. “Show up each day and be unapologetically you!” she says. “It’s so important to be true to who you are. It will empower you to be better each day and show others it’s ok to be yourself.” —GP

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