Kate has been directing full-time since completing a one-year NIDA Director’s course in 1996 and has established herself as a distinctive and inventive director, with productions for such companies as Pinchgut Opera, Belvoir St Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Griffin Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company.

Kate’s most recent productions include GOOD WITH MAPS (a Siren Theatre Co presented at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Kings Cross Theatre); THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (a Siren Theatre Co presented at Reginald Theatre); THE HAM FUNERAL (a Siren Theatre Co presented at Griffin Theatre); MISTERMEN (a Siren Theatre Co presented at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Old Fitz Theatre); INVISIBLE CIRCUS (Belvoir St Theatre); IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO for Conservatorium of Music; CASTOR ET POLLUX for Pinchgut Opera; THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM a Siren Theatre Co production presented at the Griffin Theatre; the opera DIE FLEDERMAUS for WAAPA; BEAUTIFUL: A GHOST STORY for Mudlark Theatre, Tasmania; FOX a Monkeybaa Theatre production presented at the Seymour Centre, nominated at the 2011 Helpmann Awards – Best Direction; THE SEAGULL a Siren Theatre Co production presented at Sidetrack Theatre; WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS Karnak Productions, starring Diane Cilento and AS YOU LIKE IT a Siren Theatre Co production presented at Carriage Works.

Other productions include THE UNDRESSING ROOM for Mardi Gras Festival;  QUEEN C for Company B; DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE for NIDA;  the hit musical ALTAR BOYZ; PHAERDA’S LOVE for ATYP; the highly acclaimed production of TWELFTH NIGHT for Siren Theatre Co; CARMEN for OzOpera; THE GATES OF EGYPT for Company B Belvoir; CAMARILLA for Merrigong Theatre Company; LES MISERABLES for Alexander Productions; DUCK for Siren Theatre Co and presented at Belvoir St Theatre; DRUMMING ON WATER for the Street Theatre; A LIE OF THE MIND for WAAPA and HUMAN RESOURCES for Siren Theatre Co presented at Darlinghurst Theatre. Prior to this, Kate directed THE VIOLET HOUR for the Ensemble Theatre, where she was associate director from July 2004 – June 2005. In 2005 Kate attended the SITI Company summer intensive (Ann Bogart) in New York; was appointed as a board member of Australian Theatre for Young People and was the Creative Director of ATYP 2005 fundraiser and also attended the Tutor at World Interplay.

In 2004 Kate directed OUR LADY OF SLIGO for Company B Belvoir; FRICTION for Theatre of the Deaf; EENI MEENI MINI MO at the Darlinghurst Theatre for In the Raw Festival; THE HAPPY HOUSE SHOW for Fig Tree Theatre, based on improvisations by ACTT students and KIMBERLY AKIMBO for Ensemble Theatre.

In 2003 Kate directed RABBIT for Griffin Theatre; RUN RABBIT RUN for Company B; FROZEN for Downstairs Theatre at Belvoir St and COUP D’ETAT for Melbourne Theatre Company. In 2002 Kate directed SVETLANA IN SLINGBACKS for Company B; CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS for Hot House Theatre; LOBBY HERO for the Ensemble Theatre and WICKED SISTERS for Griffin Theatre. Kate also directed ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE for ACTT and TOWARDS A DOLLS HOUSE as an educational project for Sydney Theatre Company.

Kate directed the Australian premiere of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, her hugely successful first-outing for Company B, in 2001. The previous year she also directed BLUE HEART for her own company, the Siren Theatre Co, which went on at the Stables Theatre; INHERITANCE for Playbox Theatre Company, and CONNIE AND KEVIN AND THE SECRET LIFE OF GROCERIES for the Siren Theatre Co and presented at Belvoir St Theatre. In 2001 Kate directed RECLAIM THE STAGE for Australian Theatre for Young People.

Kate has also moved into filmmaking, and her two short films, CAKE and EMBRACE, have gone on to win numerous awards at Australian film festivals. Kate is also a costume designer, and has designed for numerous productions, including IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO, THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM, BEAUTIFUL: A GHOST STORY, AS YOU LIKE IT.


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