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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

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 (Sydney Conservatorium), Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Fledermaus (WAPPA).  For Opera Australia, Kate was the assistant director of 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.

 

Kate directed a gender-bending H.M.S Pinafore for Hayes Theatre and its NSW tour in 2020. H.M.S Pinafore is part of Sydney Festival 2021

Awards

2020

Broadway World Sydney H.M.S Pinafore - Best Director Professional Musical

2019               

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)

2019

Tasmanian Theatre Awards Nominations for Nothing - Best Production, Best Director, Best Lighting Design, Best sound Design, Best Performances

2019               

SBW Foundation Grant – funds towards theatre production in Tasmania

2018               

SBW Foundation Grant – for contribution to Independent Theatre

2017               

Sydney Theatre Critics Awards Nominations: Fourteen awards across two productions including - Best Director The Trouble With Harry & The Ham Funeral

2016               

Sydney Theatre Critics Award Nominations: Best Director, Best Sound Design, (Nate Edmondson) - Good With Maps

2015               

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

2014               

Sydney Theatre Critics Award Nomination: Best Production for Young People The Violent Outburst that Drew Me to You 

2013               

Sydney Theatre Critics Award Nominations: Best Director, Best Independent Production, Best Design, Best Sound Design & Composition (Daryl Wallis) - Penelope

2012               

Sydney Theatre Critics Award Nomination: Best Independent Production The New Electric Ballroom

2011               

Helpmann Award Nomination Fox (Monkey Baa)

1998               

Peter Summerton Foundation grant for emerging Theatre Directors