Kate Harris: Director

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Kate founded 4elements in 2009 and serves as Director. She is the writer and director of Daughters of the Revolution.

Kate has been working as a drama facilitator since 2005, using Theatre of the Oppressed and other participatory theatre techniques to work in partnership with community groups and educational institutions.  She has worked with a wide range of youth and community groups to devise workshops and performances on a variety of issue-based projects.

Kate is a member of the Panel of Professional Drama Facilitators with Smashing Times Theatre Company. She has also worked as a drama facilitator with Sticks and Stones Theatre Company, delivering anti-bullying workshops for primary and secondary school students.  Kate has designed and delivered drama workshops for organisations including Amnesty International, the National Institute for Intellectual Disabilities, and the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin.

Some of Kate’s previous work includes: Home (2012) Devised and directed in collaboration with actress Sarah Tapes and performed as a work in progress at the Project Arts Centre; Dodgy Dealings (2011) Devised and written in collaboration with Henrietta Street Adult Community Education Centre, performed at the Dublin Five Lamps Arts Festival in April 2012; Wasted (2011) Devised with ARTSI and the Community Response Drama Group; and Hidden Voices Trilogy (2009) Three short films produced by Community Response Drama Group.

In 2016 Kate joined MAM (Mother Artist Makers) and worked with #Waking The Feminists as an assistant researcher on gender inequality in Irish Theatre, contributing to the 2017 Gender Counts: An analysis of gender in Irish theatre 2006-2015 

Kate has written a chapter on Daughters of the Revolution, ‘Performing the revolution, creating a counter-narrative on birth in Ireland’ in the forthcoming book, Untangling the Maternity Crisis, edited by Nadine Edwards, Rosemary Mander, and Jo Murphy-Lawless, and available from Routledge in Spring 2018.

Kate has a BA in Drama from UCC and a MPhil in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College Dublin.

Video link: Kate Harris on using stories to create dialogue and social change