Writer

Credit: David Cooper

Credit: David Cooper

Kate has been writing in one way or another for most of her life. Her writing includes plays, poetry, stories, articles for industry publications, a dissertation, two blogs, and a research paper.

Kate’s play The Last Wife had its world premiere in the 2015 Stratford Festival season, directed by Alan Dilworth. Since then it has had ten subsequent productions in theatres across North America. The Last Wife was shortlisted for the 2015 Carol Bolt Award.

The Virgin Trial, a second play in what Kate is calling The Queenmaker Trilogy, was commissioned by the Stratford Festival, and had its world premiere in the 2017 Stratford Festival season, directed by Alan Dilworth. It played to sold out houses throughout its extended run. The Virgin Trial has been shortlisted for the 2017 Carol Bolt Award, and for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

Kate is writing the third play in the Queenmaker series, commissioned by the Stratford Festival. It has the working title, Mother’s Daughter.

As a playwright Kate has been a member of the Groundswell Playwrights’ Unit 2003 (More), Tarragon Playwrights’ Unit 2004 (More), the Banff Playwrights’ Colony 2007 (More) and 2008 (Waterworks), and the Leighton Artists’ Colony 2016. Her play, The Eleventh David was produced in August 2006 as part of the SummerWorks Festival, to great critical and audience acclaim. Kate has written a monologue for movement and voice called, The Penelope Principle. She has written two highly subscribed blogs documenting her acting experiences with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and with Billy Elliot: The Musical on Broadway. Her play Waterworks was given a reading at the Stratford Festival in 2012.

Kate’s writing has been funded by the Canada Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and by the Ontario Arts Council, and supported by The Banff Centre, Nightwood Theatre, the Tarragon Theatre, the Blyth Festival, the Grand Theatre, the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival, Theatre Aquarius, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Volcano.

Kate is a member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada.

Kate lives and writes in both Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in Canada.