KATE HAWKES Short Narrative Bio
Originally from Australia, Kate holds degrees in Education, Counseling, and an MFA in Directing. She has worked professionally in all aspects of theatre for over 40 years, including management and arts in healthcare. In Oregon, she taught in the theatre department of a liberal arts college for 18 years, founded an arts in healthcare company focusing on storytelling and performance, and was Artistic Associate at a professional theatre company.
In Arizona, Kate is co-founder/Producing Artistic Director of Red Earth Theatre (Sedona) as well as directing many of their productions. As a Director of more than 50 shows over the years – readings, full productions, classics, new works and collaborative endeavors – there are no favorites!
As an actress, favorite roles include Medea (Medea), Evy (The Gingerbread Lady), Dysart (Equus), Dian (Escape from Happiness), Artie (Eleemosynary), Latrelle (Sordid Lives) and Monique (Sky…Diamonds). She was recently in the upcoming feature film No Reception.
A playwright, her produced work includes Loplop and the Queen about Surrealist artists Max` Ernst and Dorothea Tanning; the award-winning Sky…Diamonds, exploring a family’s experience of Alzheimer’s; Ungodly Behavior, a retelling of the Demeter/Persephone story. New work includes Walking On Butterfly Wings and Triumvirate: Glory, Sacrifice and Peace. She has also had numerous 10 minute plays and plays for young audiences produced.
Kate recently ventured into the world of screenwriting with some early encouraging results. She developed Performing Wellness ™ , and offers workshops tailored for individuals or groups. She regularly facilitates writing workshops for veterans at the VA.
Balancing all this creative endeavor is her passion for the outdoors as a horsewoman, hot-spring lover and trail runner.
August 2020:Northern Arizona VA Health Care System Highlighting the “Journey of Imagination” Workshop
• PERSONAL MAGIC – Creativity and Shamanic Ways for Wellbeing by Kate Hawkes for the Hektoen International – A Journal of Medical Humanities(August 2009)
Actress/Playwright Sky…Diamonds stage play excerpts (2014)
Visit links to Film/TV projects:
An irascible old man and homeless teenage girl form an unlikely bond of friendship, appreciation and support united by being ‘different’ in their respective families. (Writer/director)
Led by competing women dentists, a booming Mexican Medical Tourism town struggles to keep its identity against the flood of American tourists it needs to keep it from slipping back into the hands of the cartels. (Co-Writer)
(More on writing at Theatre and Scripts)
From the No Reception Film shoot (June 2023)