Kate is an artist specialising in performance. She works aross theatre, dance & live art as a director, movement director & choreographer; as well as doing extensive work as a teacher & workshop facilitator. She is Artistic Director of MOVING DUST.
TRAINING Kate trained in Dance at Laban (2008) after completing an MA in Movement Studies at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (2007), & a degree in English Literature at Oxford University (2006). She has spent time in New York on the Lincoln Centre Theater Directors’ Lab, studying clowning in Barcelona, & attended The Directors’ Course at the National Theatre Studio.
LEAD ARTIST: Kate has created a number of new works as Artistic Director of MOVING DUST including: THIS MUCH [OR AN ACT OF VIOLENCE TOWARDS THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE] (Ovalhouse/Zoo Venues); THE BOX (Bush Theatre); & SOMETIMES THERE’S LIGHT [SOMETIMES THERE’S DARK] (The Place/Dance City & UK Tour). Previous work as Artistic Director of Freefall Theatre includes: *STILL POINT; HALF MAN/HALF CLAM; NOT FOR SALE; & THE PLAYGROUND PROJECT which have been performed in theatre & dance festivals around the UK, including The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Resolution! at the Place, Create Festival at the Arcola & Pulse Festival at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Other productions as Director include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Cambridge Arts Theatre) & LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Metropolitan Arts Centre, Tokyo; & UK Tour). As Resident Artist living on the island of Iona in Scotland (2013) Kate created a body of durational installation work ACTS OF PASSING, incorporating writing, song, storytelling & moving image.
ASSOCIATE/ASSISTANT DIRECTING: Kate has worked as a Staff Director at the National Theatre (THE HUSH); an Associate Director for productions at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (ESKA’S ENGLISH SKIES), & The Barbican/Glastonbury Festival (MATTHEW HERBERT BIG BAND); & as an Assistant Director at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park.
MOVEMENT DIRECTION & CHOREOGRAPHY: Kate worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company as the Resident Movement Practitioner (2011). During this time her work included specialist movement direction on THE HOMECOMING (dir. David Farr) & MOJO (dir. Justin Audibert), alongside company movement support on all productions in the Stratford season 2011. Kate has also worked as movement director with companies such as Paines Plough, Nabokov, Offstage Theatre & Commonwealth; and on productions in venues including Theatre Royal Stratford East, BAC, The Bush, The Oxford Playhouse, The Tristan Bates & Theatre503. In 2011 she was nominated for OffWestEnd Theatre Award for Best Choreographer for her work on AMPHIBIANS by Steve Waters/Offstage Theatre.
LECTURING: Kate has worked as a Guest lecturer/Workshop leader at a number of further education institutions including Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, LAMDA, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rose Bruford, & AFDA Film School (Cape Town, South Africa). She is currently Movement Lecturer on the Rutgers Conservatory Programme at Shakespeare’s Globe (BFA & MFA students). She has worked with students from drama schools & universities across the world both as a Movement Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe & whilst working for the Royal Shakespeare Company, delivering specialist teaching on Movement & Classical Text in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, & in the Globe Theatre.
RESEARCH: Kate assisted Vanessa Ewan (Senior lecturer, RCSSD) with her ongoing research on Actor-Movement, culminating in the publication of Actor Movement by Vanessa Ewan & Debbie Green. Vanessa & Kate continue to collaborate on a specialist research into Actor-Movement & the Laban Efforts, on which they are co-writing a book Laban Efforts in Action (to be published by Bloomsbury in 2016). During her time at the RSC Kate assisted Struan Leslie with his ongoing research as Head of Movement, co-authoring a research document The 360° Body: Movement Practice at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other areas of specialist research interest include: The Body Politic (the role of physical expression in contemporary political performance), Performing Community (expressions of communal action in Ensemble & Chorus work), Acting Gender (challenging structural inequality through active engagement with tacit ‘norms’ in physical expression).
TEACHING, OUTREACH & COMMUNITY WORK: As an Education Associate Practitioner at the RSC Kate has worked with students in primary & secondary schools across the UK, as well as delivering specialist teacher-training seminars. In 2012 she worked as a Director mentoring 92 students & their teacher-directors who ultimately came together to perform OTHELLO in the main House at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Other work with Young People includes working as Director/Choreographer on touring productions such as MACBETH (Youth Music Theatre UK), & FLESH (Urban Exchange). As an Associate working on RSC Open Stages Kate has also delivered training session to amateur companies of all ages & backgrounds in regional venues across the UK. She has worked with diverse community groups, & has training & experience in working with SEN groups & those at risk.