Kate McGrath


Kate McGrath co-founded Fuel, which she now leads as CEO, in 2004 to create fresh work, which engages with the world we live in with insight and vibrancy, for the widest possible audience. Fuel produces an adventurous, playful and significant programme of work - live, digital, and across art forms – for a large and representative audience across the UK and beyond. Fuel collaborates with outstanding artists with fresh perspectives and approaches who seek to explore our place in the world, expose our fears, understand our hopes for the future, create experiences which change us and in turn empower us to make change in the world around us.

Other concurrent projects have included: Curator, You Are Here Edinburgh International Festival – looking at how EIF can engage more deeply internationally, and in particular with international artists engaging with the contemporary political and social context. 2019 saw her first programme, bringing bold and relevant work from across the world – including Canada/Greenland’s indigenous Laakkuluk Bathory Williamson, Nigeria’s Ifeoma Fafunwa, Belfast’s Oona Doherty, the radical Swiss director Milo Rau and the extraordinary talent of Burkina Faso’s Serge Aime Coulibaly. Kate also led on producing the Lyric Hammersmith’s programme from 2006-2009 under the Artistic Directorship of David Farr.

Other roles include: Producer, Battersea Arts Centre (2002-2005). Arts & Features Writer, The Scotsman (2000 to 2002). Kate served as a Trustee of the JMK Trust (2012-2017), the Tobacco Factory Theatre (2014-2018), and as Chair of Camden Peoples Theatre (2012-2020). She is currently a Governor of Michael Faraday Primary School (since 2018), and was appointed to the Steering Committee of What Next? Young Vic in 2020. Kate has mentored and taught at: Copenhagen Stage; Women of the World, Southbank Centre; Dublin Theatre Festival; Clore Leadership Programme; Central School of Speech and Drama; Northern Stage; Birkbeck; University of Westminster; and Royal Holloway; amongst others.