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Dr Kate Craddock

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

ADSS Kate Craddock Facultystaff 255Kate is a performer, theatre maker and practice-led researcher. Kate initially joined the Performing Arts team at Northumbria University as a Graduate Tutor (2005-2008) before re-joining in September 2011 as a Senior Lecturer. Between 2009 and 2011, Kate worked as Associate Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University as well as a Visiting Lecturer at Northumbria. 

In 2011 Kate founded GIFT: Gateshead International Festival of Theatre, an international festival for new theatre makers. Following the success of the initial GIFT 2011 pilot, Kate has grown GIFT to become an annual event for Gateshead and the North East. GIFT presents contemporary theatre practice from around the world, and provides artists and audiences with development opportunities through a varied programme of activities including performances, workshops and discussions aimed to promote dialogue and exchange. GIFTed, a higher education strand for the festival was launched in 2012 bringing together students and recent graduates from institutions across the UK and beyond to showcase their work within the main festival programme. For more information about GIFT visit and watch our GIFT videos here.

Kate completed her practice-led PhD entitled ‘Collaboration in Performance Practice: trust, longevity and challenging proximity’ at Northumbria University in 2010. Much of Kate’s PhD research was carried out through her role as performer and co-artistic director of mouth to mouth | international performance collective; a globally dispersed group of performing artists who utilise Skype technology as a tool for performance. Kate also has a solo performance practice and performed her one woman show Hand me down extensively nationally and internationally (2008-2011), and recently created a new solo performance work, The GB Project, in collaboration with Steve Gilroy based on the life of Gertrude Bell. The GB Project was originally produced by Northern Stage and premiered at the Northern Stage Edinburgh Festival Fringe venue, St Stephens in August 2013. Between 2004 and 2005 Kate worked as a performer with the Northern Stage Ensemble as part of the InterAct Scheme. Kate regularly collaborates on performance projects nationally and internationally, including working as Movement Coach on the award winning production Motherland by writer/director Steve Gilroy.

Kate is on the editorial team of Training Grounds, a section in the Routledge journal ‘Theatre, Dance and Performance Training’ whereby she commissions writing from scholars and practitioners. Since 2010 Kate has been on the Board of Directors of the award winning theatre company The Paper Birds, and since 2012, has been on the Board of Directors of ARC, Stockton Arts Centre.


  • Drama PhD September 21 2009
  • MA October 01 1998

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Training Grounds Editorial, Craddock, K., McCaw, D., Mitra, R., Wilson, T. 23 Dec 2015, In: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
  • Training grounds editorial, Brayshaw, T., Craddock, K., McCaw, D. 8 Aug 2014, In: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
  • The GB Project, Craddock, K., Gilroy, S. 6 Aug 2013
  • 'Presents' at GIFT, Craddock, K. May 2012
  • The Cradshaw Encounter, Craddock, K., Brayshaw, T. Jul 2011
  • Wish you were here, Craddock, K. Jun 2011
  • A Gift for Djakovo, Craddock, K. Mar 2011
  • Action Relay: mouth to mouth/Kate Craddock, Craddock, K. 2011
  • BLINK!, Craddock, K. 2010
  • Virtual Jukebox, Craddock, K. 2010

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Jennifer Duffy Making Theatre as an Emerging Company: Exposing Trends, Tactics, Strategies and Constraints Start: 01/05/2015


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