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2020 MFA Writing for Performance alumni Kate McDowell
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Kate McDowell

About Kate

Kate McDowell is a writer and performer based in regional northern NSW, collaborating with diverse artists at home and abroad. She is Associate Artist at Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and Associate Director for Sprung! Integrated Dance Theatre.

In 2020 Kate has a writing commission with NORPA, funded by the Catholic Schools Office. In 2018 the premiere of Kate’s full-length site-based solo work Wonderbabes was presented by NORPA and the Lismore Quadrangle, supported by Lismore City Council and Southern Cross University and as a satellite event of the Byron Bay Writers Festival.  For NORPA Kate was Researcher and Story Developer for Wildskin, Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Dreamland and Design Assistant for Journey To an Unnamed World.

For Sprung! Kate co-wrote and directed French Café, presented by the Brunswick Picture House and Share House which was shortlisted for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance.

In 2018 Kate was a recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust with which she undertook research into experimental dance practices and choreography at Ponderosa Movement and Discovery research centre, Stolzenhagen.

Kate was a participant in the 2018-20 Situate Art in Festivals residency with Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart, which included undertaking a residency at MONA FOMA Festival.

In 2016 and 2017 Kate was Co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival, part of This is Not Art Festival (TiNA), Newcastle.