“Kate’s artistic approach is eclectic and improvised – changing moment to moment to adapt to the mobile atmospheres and different challenges happening in the settings of workshops and rehearsals. An area of real strengths an artist here – I think – is in the way Kate uses humour, often of a surreal and carnivalesque quality – the work is rarely delivered in an earnest, issue-based or naturalistic format – rather, it builds on the other-worldy imaginations and humour of the participants themselves to communicate experience in a way that engages and entertains.” Jenny Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Manchester University
I have been working in participatory performance for over twenty years after studying for A BA Hons Drama at Manchester University 2:1 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Theatre. I have a track record of creating high quality performance work that is devised and developed with groups. These groups have generally been within the criminal justice system or with others who have been labelled by society. I was a founder member and then Chief Executive of The Men’s Room, an arts and social care charity based in Manchester workingl with young men with experience of homelessness, sex work, and/or the criminal justice system. My particular areas of expertise involve work with drug users, semi-autobiographical work and theatre as a tool for personal development.
In September 2014, I finished an MA in Performance and Visual Practices at The University of Brighton (Distinction) and am now looking for ways to use my own performance as a catalyst for work with diverse groups.