On the Couch with Kate Gaul

Kate Gaul ONCWho is Kate Gaul?
I am a freelance Theatre Director who lives and works in Sydney.  I am the Producer/Director of Penelope by Enda Walsh, which is currently playing at the TAP Gallery.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Get a lot more exercise.

Who inspires you and why?
My friends and colleagues inspire me every day with their bravery, creativity and drive.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Insist on electric cars.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
My bed – I don’t spend nearly enough time there.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
The White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale – its beautiful, unique and inspiring.

What are you currently reading?
Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

What are you currently listening to?
Toshi Reagon

Happiness is?
Holding hands with someone special while watching great theatre.

What does the future hold for you?
A whole lot of unknowns I hope…

Kate Gaul is a graduate of the NIDA Director’s Course (1996). Kate also trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York.  In 2004/5 Kate was the Associate director at the Ensemble Theatre where productions include The Violet Hour, Kimberly Akimbo and Lobby Hero.

Other directing credits include The Gates of Egypt, Our Lady of Sligo, Run Rabbit Run, The Laramie Project, Svetlana in Slingbacks (Company B), Castor + Pollux (Pinchgut), Beautiful (Mudlark), Woman Before a Glass (Karnak Playhouse), The Cunning Little Vixen (Sydney Chamber Opera),  Carmen (Oz Opera), The Altar Boyz (Ovations Live), Camarilla (Merrigong Theatre Co) Coup D’Etat (MTC),  Wicked Sisters (Griffin/National tour), Rabbit (Griffin Theatre) and projects with major drama schools around Australia; most recently Die Fledermaus (WAAPA).

Kate is the Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co: productions – The New Electric Ballroom (By Enda Walsh), The Lunch Hour (By Chris Aronsten), Shakespeare’s As You Like It,  Richard III, Twelfth Night, Human Resources (by Chris Aronsten) and Duck (by Stella Feehily), eeni meeni mini mo (devised by the company), Hard Swallow (by Mirra Todd), Polly Blue (by Belinda Bradley), Wanna Go Home, Baby? (devised by the company), Connie and Kevin and the Secret Life of Groceries (by Noelle Janaczweska), Blue Heart (by Caryl Churchill) and Frozen (by Michael O’Brien).

Kate has also written and directed two short films Embrace and Cake. Kate was the Fesitval Director for World Interplay 2008 – 2011.

Kate has recently directed Enda Walsh’s Penelope for Siren Theatre Co. which is currently playing at the TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst. For more information, visit: www.sirentheatreco.com for details.

Image: Kate Gaul