Kate Gaul is a theatre and opera director, creative producer, festival director, and designer based in Sydney, NSW. She is a graduate of NIDA (Directing 1996) and Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co. Kate undertook a residency with SITI Company (NYC) and was Associate Director at Ensemble Theatre.
Kate has established herself as a distinctive and inventive director, with directing credits including plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works, and classics for theatre companies and schools in Australia. She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co where her passion is for text-based drama challenges artists and audiences to have bold imaginative experiences.
Kate has also directed festivals (World Interplay, Playlist, Invisible Circus, Cabaret, and Short Play Festivals), and Sydney Mardi Gras Parade.
Opera credits include Castor + Pollux (Pinchgut), Eight Songs for a Mad King (Verbruggen Ensemble), The Cunning Little Vixen (Sydney Chamber Opera), Hansel and Gretel (Pacific Opera), Il Matrimonio Segreto, English Eccentrics, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Cendrillon, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sydney Conservatorium), Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Fledermaus (WAPPA). For Opera Australia, Kate was the assistant director of Atilla, Lohengrin, Rigoletto (Opera Australia) Aida, Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and revival director for the schools’ production By the Light of the Moon, and OZ Opera production of Carmen, 2007.
Most recent directing credits include an acclaimed interpretation of H.M.S Pinafore, which toured extensively and last played Sydney Festival 2021. The End of Winter (2022) by Noëlle Janaczewska, which will have a national tour in 2023; and an opera/drama mash up based on the Jenet/Poulenc La Voix Humaine (2022) as part of The Flying Nun program. Kate also completed a play, Girl Running, Boy Falling (Shortlisted for the Stoddard Playwright Award 2023). In the opera world Kate was resident director on Opera Australia’s Lohengrin, which starred Jonas Kauffman, and the revival director on Attila in October.
Photographer Alex Vaughan
“Director Kate Gaul draws work of a thrillingly high standard from everyone involved, performers and production staff alike” Sun Herald
“Gaul carries with her a gravitas that draws close some of the most respected and remarkable artists of the independent and mainstream theatre. Her work is always handsome. Always finessed. Always clear and confident.” Theatre Times
“...with Kate Gaul at the helm, directing, producing, and proving herself to be a woman of exceptional ability and a brilliant visionary. The show is at once intelligent, funny, emotional, audacious and confounding…. “ Suzy Go See
“Director Kate Gaul has crafted something very special – she's made her actors so raw you can see the nerves twitching below the skin, character's emotions dropping like a sheet from the top of the head or expanding with rich sensuality from the gut.” MC Reviews
“Directed with subtle focus and clarity by Kate Gaul, the 70 minutes are a kaleidoscope of imagery made dynamic by Thomas Campbell’s sustained energy and intelligence. Simplicity and complexity combine in a virtually flawless production … " Diana Simmonds
“…every element in this production is in step and working together to create this fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking piece of theatre.” Ben Neutze
Shortlist Stoddard Playwright Award for Girl Running, Boy Falling
Broadway World Sydney H.M.S Pinafore - Best Director Professional Musical
Sydney Theatre Critics Awards Nominations H.M.S Pinafore – Best Production of Independent Musical, Best Director, Best Designer (Melanie Liertz), Best Musical Direction (Zara Stanton), Best Choreography (Ash Bee), Best Supporting Actor (Thomas Campbell), Best Newcomer (Billie Palin)
Tasmanian Theatre Awards Nominations for Nothing - Best Production, Best Director, Best Lighting Design, Best sound Design, Best Performances
SBW Foundation Grant – towards theatre production in Tasmania
SBW Foundation Grant – contribution to Independent Theatre
Sydney Theatre Critics Awards Nominations: Fourteen awards across two productions including - Best Director The Trouble With Harry & The Ham Funeral
Sydney Theatre Critics Award Nominations: Best Director, Best Sound Design, (Nate Edmondson) - Good With Maps
Sydney Theatre Critics Award Nominations: Best Director, Best Production, Best Lighting Design (Hartley T Kemp), Best Sound Design (Nate Edmondson), Best Actor,(Thomas Campbell) - Misterman
Sydney Theatre Critics Award Nomination: Best Production for Young People The Violent Outburst that Drew Me to You
Sydney Theatre Critics Award Nominations: Best Director, Best Independent Production, Best Design, Best Sound Design & Composition (Daryl Wallis) - Penelope
Sydney Theatre Critics Award Nomination: Best Independent Production The New Electric Ballroom
Helpmann Award Nomination Fox (Monkey Baa)
Peter Summerton Foundation grant for Emerging Theatre Directors