Kate Mulvany

Kate Mulvany

KateWriter’s Fellow 2015-2016

Kate Mulvany is a BA graduate from Curtin University, Western Australia, and an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, librettist and actor.

As a writer, her early plays include Blood & Bone (winner of Naked Theatre Company’s Write Now competition), Story Time, Naked Ambition, and the musicals Embalmer (co-written with Pip Branson) and Somewhere (co-written with Matilda composer Tim Minchin) which opened the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. In 2004, Kate was the winner of the Belvoir Street Theatre Philip Parsons Award for which she was commissioned to write The Seed. The Seed, directed by Iain Sinclair, went on to win multiple awards around the country, after several acclaimed seasons and is currently in development to become a feature film.

Kate’s plays include The Web, The Danger Age (shortlisted for the Patrick White Award) and reworkings of Julius Caesar and Macbeth for the Bell Shakespeare Company. Her adaptation of the best-selling Australian novel Jasper Jones was a critical success in Western Australia in 2014 and will have seasons at both Belvoir and Melbourne Theatre Company in 2016. Kate’s award-winning adaptation of Medea recently had a sell-out season at London’s Gate Theatre.

Kate’s play Masquerade, an adaptation of the best-selling 1970s children’s book by Kit Williams, premiered at the 2015 Sydney and Melbourne International Arts Festivals. Also in 2015, Kate wrote the libretto for Towards First Light – an oratorio composed by Iain Grandage for the Anzac Centenary and performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

She is also a screenwriter and has worked on several established Australian series.

Click here to read Kate’s thoughts on the first year of her fellowship

Kate also delivered the annual Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture at Belvoir on 16 May 2016. Click here to read the transcript.

Kate Mulvany