Kate Hunter has been an actor and performer for 20 years. She creates solo performance work, and collaborates with other artists across a range of disciplines.
Kate was a founding member of Company 13, a group of actors and musicians working in the Le Coq style of devised performance and led by director James Pratt. She is also Associate Artist with physical theatre company Born in a Taxi, and in 2010 she co-created The Waiting Room which won the Brisbane Powerhouse Award at Melbourne Fringe, toured to the World Theatre Festival in 2011, and saw a return season at The Substation in 2013.
Kate’s practice proposes neuroscientific concepts of the body, brain & senses as dramaturgies for contemporary theatre work. She is interested in relationships between the brain and the body, embodied cognition and its relevance to physical theatre trainings and improvisation.
© Kate Hunter 2013
Recently Kate has drawn on her years of performing experience and trainings across a range of methodologies to build a body of work which uses self-recorded monologues to perform intersecting narratives of live and pre-recorded story, memories and imaginings. Collaborations with artists from other disciplines have stimulated her practice further. In 2011 Kate created Maybe we’re never together at Big West with poet/playwright improviser Emilie Collyer, and in 2013 Kate joined with video/sound artist Catherine Clover to make B is for Bird, a sound art performance about pigeons, crows and seagulls, for Australia’s leading festival of sound art, Liquid Architecture.
Kate’s solo work includes Pearl Diver (Melbourne Fringe 2009), list(n) (Searchlight Festival/Tashmadada/45downstairs 2010) and Memorandum, which premiered at Theatre Works in May 2014 as part of its curated ‘Selected Works’ program.
Kate has trained in Australia and the world with Anne Bogart and SITI Company, Richard Schechner and Ruth Kanner. She studied acting at The National Theatre Drama School and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Performance Studies) and a Graduate Diploma of Movement and Dance (Teaching and Therapy) from the University of Melbourne. Kate was the recipient of a Vice Chancellors Postgraduate Research Award in 2009, enabling her to undertake a PhD in Performance Studies at Victoria University, where she explored the relationship between memory, neuroscience and performance-making. Kate has a breadth of experience in theatre and street performance, community event management, teaching, and music and movement therapy. She has run professional development for teachers, delivered artist-in-schools projects in local and regional schools, and taught a range of performance units across several universities. She is currently Associate Lecturer in Drama at Deakin University.