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Dr Kate Craddock

Programme Leader MA Theatre and Performance & Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts

Department: Arts

Kate 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.

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 www.giftfestival.co.uk 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.

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Qualifications

BA (Hons) English Literature and Theatre Studies, University of Glasgow, 2002 MA Performance, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2004 PhD, Northumbria University, 2010

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Kate’s research is largely rooted in practice led modes of enquiry in the field of contemporary performance practice.  Kate is interested specifically in notions of collaboration and ensemble practice, and the potential for international theatre festivals as contexts for collaboration.  In recent years, Kate has created new performance works and workshops for theatre festivals in Romania, Croatia, Spain, Ireland and the UK.

Kate’s teaching interests span practical and theoretical approaches to performance, often integrating aspects of research into her teaching practice. Kate teaches a number of modules across the undergraduate degree programmes: Performance, Drama and Applied Theatre and Drama and Script including Contemporary Performance, Performance and Culture, Platform Performance, Platform Critique, Devising, Analysing Practice and Facilitation.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Through her role as Festival Director of GIFT, Kate works closely with a number of cultural institutions and organisations throughout the North East, including ARC Stockton, Northern Stage, Live Theatre, Dance City, Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Council.

GIFT has received Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England, and GIFT 2013 received funding from Jerwood Charitable Foundation. GIFT is also part of an Arts Council funded Catalyst Consortium along with Live Theatre, ZENDEH and Theatre TSU.

Kate is a member of Equity.

Current/Recent Projects

Hand me Down (2008) funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts (2 separate successful applications 2008 and 2009): £10,000.

GIFT: Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (2011) funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts. £10,000

GIFT: Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (2012) funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts: £36,000

GIFT: Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (2013) funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts: £40,000 and Jerwood Charitable Foundation: £7,000

The GB Project (2013) supported and produced by Northern Stage

Key Publications

GIFT: Gateshead International Festival of Theatre, as Festival Artistic Director (2011, 2012, 2013) An international festival for new theatre makers. New commissions for GIFT have included ‘Presents’ presented by artists Daniel Bye, Tess Denman Cleaver and Phil Ormrod (GIFT 2012); ‘commonwealth’ by a smith (GIFT 2012); ‘Platform 1’ by Trinity Sessions in association with Swallows Foundation (GIFT 2013).

Hand me down: A one woman show co-created with Steve Gilroy and produced by The Empty Space. Performed at The Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2008) receiving 4 star reviews (The Scotsman, Metro) and a Fringe First Nomination; Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne (2009); Sibiu Theatre Festival, Romania (2009); Tristan Bates Theatre, London (2011). http://www.theemptyspace.org.uk/about/our-projects/hand-me-down

Virtual Jukebox: A participatory durational dance performance incorporating live and virtual performers by mouth to mouth | international performance collective. Performed at: Performance Now and Then at Wunderbar Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne (2009); Dublin Fringe, (2010); Arnolfini, Bristol (2010). http://vimeo.com/25935093

The GB Project: First work in progress showing: First in Three, Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne (2011). Full production co-created with Steve Gilroy premiered at Northern Stage St.Stephen’s, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, (2013). UK tour 2013/2014.

BLINK: mouth to mouth | international performance collective. An intimate site-responsive performance for two audience members at a time performed as part of The Late Shows at The Shed Creative studios (2010)

By Your Side: mouth to mouth | international performance collective at Dublin Fringe Festival. An intimate site-responsive performance combining music, storytelling and installation. (2009)

A River Runs Through Us: mouth to mouth | international performance collective as part of LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) at the Southbank, London (2008)

Contamination commissioned to be performed as part of Punchdrunk’s The Masque of the Red Death: mouth to mouth | international performance collective, at BAC, Battersea Arts Centre, London (2007 and 2008)

Further Information

www.giftfestival.co.uk

To visit my Northumbria Research Link page click here


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