Kate Cherry

Theatre Masterclass

A very special two day Theatre Masterclass in Perth with one of Western Australia’s leading directors, and ex-head of NIDA and Black Swan State Theatre Company. 

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Course Overview

The HubStudio is very proud to host one of Western Australia’s leading theatre Directors Kate Cherry. Kate is a cultural leader, educator, a creative producer, a theatre and opera director. In Australia, Kate’s leadership roles have included Artistic Director/CEO of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Artistic Director and co-CEO of Black Swan State Theatre Company (BSSTC), and Associate Director, Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC). Internationally, Kate’s leadership roles include Founding Member and International Curator for the Lincoln Center Theater Lab, and Professor of Theater at University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently directing with Theatre 180 one of Perth’s newest and most promising companies.

Over the two days Kate will direct twelve actors through chosen partnered scene material, presenting at a performance ready standard, on the floor for feedback and further direction by Kate. Scene material/s will be chosen for each participant. We believe it’s imperative for all working actors to experience being directed on the floor by a range of established directors and this is the prefect opportunity to do so. This workshop is a focused two day intensive where each actor will get an opportunity to take action, take risks and grow as a performer. Each applicant will be paired up prior to the workshop and is expected to present their scene at a performance ready standard. 

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Course Outline

Over the 2 days each participant will work on various scenes for the group, being directed by Kate, looking at the following areas:

  • Personalisation
  • Deep Text analysis
  • Character work & analysis
  • The rehearsal process
  • Commitment to authenticity and truth

Course Outcomes

Continuous development, and practice of craft and a commitment to truth, lie at the core of the Masterclass:

  • Stronger ability to confidently approach the text
  • Exercise and development of acting ‘muscle’
  • Increased confidence to make bold offers
  • Commitment to authenticity and truth

Session Details

When: 2 x full-day classes

Dates: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th August 2021 

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Subiaco Arts Centre – 180 Hammersley Rd Subiaco

Participants: 14 Maximum 

Price: $289.00 incl GST (10% off for Hub Members)

Session Details

Payment Information

How To Pay & Instalment Option: The easiest way to pay is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using the bank details on the invoice (please quote the invoice number in the transfer information), or by simply clicking the ‘pay online’ link also on the invoice (bank fees apply). You will be email an invoice upon acceptance into the program. Payment is due no later than the due date stated on the invoice, however if you would like to pay in instalments please call or email the office to arrange the dates and amounts you will pay. Please note full payment of the course is due by the time the course finishes. You can start payment instalments at anytime upon receipt of the invoice.

About Kate Cherry

Kate Cherry is a cultural leader, educator, a creative producer, a theatre and opera director. In Australia, Kate’s leadership roles have included Artistic Director/CEO of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Artistic Director and co-CEO of Black Swan State Theatre Company (BSSTC), and Associate Director, Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC). Internationally, Kate’s leadership roles include Founding Member and International Curator for the Lincoln Center Theater Lab, and Professor of Theater at University of California, Los Angeles.

From December 2016 to October 2018 Kate Cherry held the position of Director and Chief Executive Officer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). During this time, she directed NIDA’s production of Venus In Fur.

Kate held the position of Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company 2008 – 2016. For Black Swan, she has directed Tartuffe, Angels in America, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dinner, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull, Shrine, Other Desert Cities, The Importance of Being Earnest, Signs of Life, Arcadia, The White Divers of Broome, Rising Water, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Boundary Street, Madagascar, Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie and The Year of Magical Thinking. For Black Swan/Sydney Theatre Company, she directed Signs of Life, for Black Swan/Queensland Theatre Company, Tartuffe, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Clean House and for Black Swan/Melbourne Theatre Company The Swimming Club.

She also directed Madame Butterfly for Seattle Opera, La Traviata for NZ Opera, State Opera of SA and Opera Queensland, Madame Butterfly for the New Zealand Opera, The Turn of the Screw and The Coronation of Poppea for the Victorian Opera and Cloudstreet for WAAPA (Perth and Hong Kong season). Prior to taking up her position at Black Swan, Kate’s freelance directing credits have included The Female of the Species (QTC), All My Sons, The Clean House (MTC), Our Country’s Good (QUT) and Art Day (GPAC).

Between 1999-2005 Kate was Associate Director at Melbourne Theatre Company; directing Flora, Take Me Out, Honour, The Glass Menagerie, Humble Boy, The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, Cloud Nine, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Duchess of Malfi, Three Days of Rain, Betrayal, Death of a Salesman, Art and Soul and the multi-award-winning, world-premiere production of Life After George, as well as its national tour. Previous to her Associate Directorship she also directed the Burnt Piano and the world premiere production of The Woman in the Window at MTC.

As Playbox Artistic Associate, she directed The Sick Room – another world premiere – and The Tempest, Miracles, and Spring Awakening for WAAPA; Three Sisters and Electra for VCA. Kate also directed Brundibar for Opera Australia. As an inaugural member of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab, she was invited to direct Speaking in Tongues and The Bay at Nice (American premiere) for the Lab. She has also directed Romeo and Juliet (American Conservatory Theatre), Cymbeline (Shakespeare and Company) and Pericles (California Shakespeare Festival). As a New York Drama League Directing Fellow, she directed snowwhite the anti-fairy tale at the Ensemble Theatre in New York. She has also directed The Love of the Nightingale, Fen, Statements Made After an Arrest, Capoeira, and White Trash in Love (the musical).

Kate has acted as Professor of Directing at University of California, and at Colorado College. She received her MFA from UCLA and a B.A. in English Literature from Bard College. She has received the Gielgud Award for Best Emerging Director of the Classics in the US, and numerous other awards for her direction in the US. She was also nominated for a Helpmann and a Green Room Award for Life After George.

Apply For The Course

Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. to courses@thehubstudio.com.au or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If accepted we shall send out an application form with all the course information. Notification for acceptance will be made no later than one week before course commencement.

If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course. For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address.

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