Playwright, Actor, Director, Producer
Kate began her theatrical career as an actor in the mid- eighties in Sydney. She trained at the Q Theatre, Penrith and has performed in theatre, film and radio in Sydney, Darwin and the UK. She has also worked in arts management with the Darwin Theatre Company and was the Darwin Entertainment Centre’s General Manager in the mid-nineties.
Kate began writing and producing theatre in early 2000 and performed her first play ‘Going Potty’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This was followed by a tour of the West Midlands culminating in a London season in 2007. Kate directed and produced her black comedy, ‘The Wardrobe’ at the Darwin Entertainment Centre in 2010 where it broke box office records for drama in the past ten years. Her next play 'Marbles' which Kate also directed and produced, held its world premiere at Brown's Mart Theatre, Darwin in November 2012. 'Marbles' still holds the record for the highest audience attendance at Brown's Mart Theatre.
Kate is currently writing and producing her next stage play, And I'm the Queen of Sheba a comic tragedy based around the themes of belonging and isolation. Katherine Thomson is once again working alongside Kate and offering writing workshops in Darwin and Katherine.
Katherine is a multi-award winning playwright, television and screenwriter.
Katherine began her award-winning career in the theatre in 1982; her writing credits include: DIVING FOR PEARLS (1991), BARMAIDS (1991), FRAGMENTS OF HONG KONG (1995), NAVIGATING (1997), THIS HOSPITAL IS MY COUNTRY and MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR, KAYAK (2001) and HARBOUR (2004), KING TIDE and FRAGMENTS OF HONG KONG.
Katherine's extensive television screenwriting credits include HOUSE OF HANCOCK, SCHAPELLE, AUSTRALIA: THE STORY OF US, MR AND MRS MURDER, AUSTRALIA ON TRIAL, KILLING TIME, EAST WEST 101, SATISFACTION, BLACKJACK, WILDSIDE, GRASS ROOTS, HALIFAX FP, FALLEN ANGELS, SNOWY and GP. She is the Australian co-writer of ANSWERED BY FIRE. Other credits include documentary series called DARWIN’S BRAVE NEW WORLD for which Katherine was nominated for an AWGIE for Best Documentary, and an episode for another documentary mini-series, ROGUE NATION. She was the writer for feature documentary UNFOLDING FLORENCE – THE MANY LIVES OF FLORENCE BROADHURST directed by Gillian Armstrong which screened at Sundance Film Festival in January 2006. Katherine’s next collaboration with Gillian Armstrong is the feature documentary WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED about the Australian costume designer Orry Kelly, which will be released in 2015.
In 2006 Katherine was awarded The Australian National Playwrights Centre Award for her substantial contribution to the Australian theatre industry. Katherine has undertaken writer-in-residencies in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, has participated as an invited delegate to the International Women’s Playwright Conference in Jakarta, Bali and India and as guest speaker at various Writers’ Festivals including Darwin, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hong Kong.