Kate has worked for twenty years for a wide range of arts, education and community organisations across theatre and festival direction, arts management and education. She has a broad range of skills across performance making, programming/ commissioning, operational, communications and leadership.
In 2015, she established Seeing Place Productions a cross-artform, site-specific company using headphone technology to fuse fact with fiction. She conceived, wrote and directed three works: Time Capsule (2015), a physical theatre work staged in a series of empty shops (funded Arts Qld, RADF); All Aboard! (2016) a children’s theatre work created on and off the G:Link Light Rail (2016 Bleach* Festival commission) and the multi-media work, Plunge (2017) at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre (funded Arts Qld, RADF). In 2017 she also directed Swallow by Stef Smith at Metro Arts. Both productions were nominated for Matilda Awards. From 2010-2012, she was Artistic Director/CEO of the Big West Festival (a multicultural, multi-artform festival that expands a contemporary view of Melbourne’s inner west). It comprised 67 projects, 815 artists, 2000+community participants across 26 locations over 12 days. Artistic Direction included: the commissioning and development of 30+ new works across artforms, including large-scale community cultural development projects, intercultural music and dance projects, site-specific interdisciplinary works, school residency projects, a season of new contemporary theatre (with festival commission Taxi winning 2 Green Room Awards), 17 visual arts exhibitions and 5 literary events.
From 2006-2010, Kate was Artistic Director of Jigsaw Theatre Company, a professional touring theatre company for young audiences. At Jigsaw, she created 7 new theatre works, wrote 3 scripts and directed 3 other existing works for the company. These productions were characterised by cross-artform collaborations, including large-scale multi-media works, strong physical performance and undertook 13 tours across Australia including to: the Come Out Festival, Castlemaine State Festival, the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Victorian Arts Centre, Kings Street Arts Centre Perth, the Canberra Theatre Centre and into schools in regional and remote NSW, VIC and the ACT, winning two Canberra Critic’s Circle Awards for Theatre and a nomination for a 2008 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award. Other companies Kate has freelanced for are: Union House Theatre (University of Melbourne), Almeida Theatre (UK), Jersey Arts Centre (UK), Castle Theatre (UK), On Giants’ Shoulders, Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, and Playlab.
From 2014-2018, when not directing or creating original work, Kate provided arts management consultation services to the arts and community sectors in Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, along with sessional teaching at the University of New England, QUT and Griffith University (Conservatorium). Kate has taught Acting Technique, Voice, Directing and other performance subjects over many years to schools, youth theatres, higher education and facilitated professional development workshops with educators, in business and government sectors. Kate currently manages the Arts and Culture Unit for Maribyrnong City Council and is completing her PhD on the dynamics between complex viewing and listening in narrative-led, audio-immersive site practice.