Katie lives and works in both London and the South West and has extensive directing experience in the West End, nationally, and internationally. She has directed small-scale work at places like the Orange Tree Theatre, through to internationally renowned large-scale productions like War Horse.
I am interested in exploring what it is to be human through outstanding characterisation, derived through collaboration. My creative process is driven by finding truthful, detailed and nuanced performances. I believe the style of a production should be entirely led by the story and the best way to tell that story. You might see some of the following in my work: economical setting, playful and slick transitions and live music.
As a proudly politicised woman I am driven by levelling the playing field for women - onstage and off. I want to engage in conversations about feminism now, and what it means to a new generation of women. How do we redress the balance in the theatre industry for more women in every role. I direct plays that have strong and interesting roles for men AND women and prioritise working with female creative and production teams. I have set up a theatre company with Producer Alice Massey dedicated to this agenda. You can read more about Stand Fast Theatre here.
I am passionate about great work for children and families, especially when it sits at the centre of artistic programming. Having devised and directed shows for children at the Southbank Centre's wonderful Imagine Literature Festival and directed War Horse for new generations in the UK and internationally.
I have worked all over the UK at leading theatre and arts venues including the Southbank Centre, the National Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Birmingham REP, Hull Truck, Watford Palace Theatre and the Orange Tree Theatre. Further afield I have worked in New York, LA, China, South Africa, Ireland and Germany.
I am a passionate and experienced facilitator having honed my skills over the last 15 years in a variety of school, theatre and youth theatre environments. Including Education and Literary Director at the Orange Tree Theatre, Facilitator, Trustee and Organisation Director for South West London charity -thebridge- for social communication. I have directed, taught and mentored at a variety of Drama Schools including Mountview Academy of Arts, the Orange Tree Theatre, and St Marys University.
I am a coach-in-training which means I have completed some of the training but not all. The training consists of 5 weekend courses, I have completed two of them.
I am training with the ‘Oxford’ or ‘Cambridge’ of Coaching institutes called the Coaching Training Institute (CTI). The Co-Active® coach training pathway is considered the most rigorous, ICF-accredited, programme available for professional coaching development. Delivered by expert coaches and supervisors from the world's largest and oldest in-person coach training organisation. You can read more about their approach here but my favourite thing about the organisation is the belief that we are all creative, resourceful and whole and that no one needs fixing.
When was the last time you asked yourself "am I really living the life I want?". We all feel lost, unsure, ambivalent, or unhappy at times. I believe that you have the strength not just to survive, but to truly thrive.