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KATHERINE LYALL-WATSON
Co-Artistic Director & Writer

Katherine is a playwright, the Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative and the current Chair of Playlab. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for her debut play Motherland (published by Playlab), which went on to win numerous awards for its premiere season with Belloo Creative in 2013. Motherland toured Australia in 2016, commencing with a season at Queensland Theatre Company.

In 2016, Katherine and Caroline Dunphy developed HANAKO with Belloo Creative. HANAKO premiered at Brisbane Powerhouse for the Brisbane Festival and was nominated for five industry awards.

Also with Belloo Creative, Katherine is currently writing Rovers, a play about the grit and daring of Australian women, and Sand, a cross-cultural collaboration with Japanese company Idiot Savant Theatre Company and NORPA. Rovers will premiere at NORPA in August 2018.

Katherine has been awarded writers’ residencies and fellowships (including at Varuna, The Writers House in the Blue Mountains and in the Fresh Ground program at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). In 2008, Katherine was one of three finalists for the Queensland Premier's Drama Awards for her gothic drama Tinder. Her work has been selected for Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop and read at the National Play Festival.

Katherine has a long history in theatre having worked as an actor, director and theatre reviewer before starting playwriting. She has a Doctorate in Philosophy (Creative Writing) from the University of Queensland and a Master’s from Queensland University of Technology.  She regularly mentors younger and emerging writers and was an Associate Artist at Queensland Theatre Company in 2015.

She is the current chair of Playlab and is a partner and co-founder of Belloo Creative.