Kate is Founder and Festival Director of GIFT: Gateshead International Festival of Theatre, an annual artist-led festival celebrating contemporary theatre. She is also Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Northumbria University, Newcastle where she leads on the industry-focused MA Theatre and Performance programme.
Kate has combined working across academic roles and creative/cultural projects since 2005, and she completed her practice led PhD in 2010 with the title: ’Collaboration in Performance Practice: Trust, Longevity and Challenging Proximity’.
Kate is a performer and theatre maker, and has presented her work at a range of organisations including Live Theatre, Northern Stage, Battersea Arts Centre and the Arnolfini as well as at multiple international festivals.
Through GIFT, Kate presents a programme of contemporary theatre and performance that otherwise would not have a platform in North East England, and Kate works closely with partners including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Gateshead Council to deliver GIFT.
Kate is on the Board of Trustees at ARC Stockton Arts Centre and of The Paper Birds Theatre Company and is on the Steering Group of NEADN (North East Artist Development Network).
Kate lives in Newcastle upon Tyne.