Kathryn Kelly


Kathryn Kelly is a freelance dramaturg who works in text-based theatre, dance and contemporary performance. Credits include productions with the Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, QPAC, Gold Coast Arts Centre, JUTE (Cairns), Crossroads Theatre (Mackay), Cahoots Theatre Projects (Toronto) and Theatreworks (Melbourne). Kathryn also has credits with independent companies Belloo Creative, Fran Barbe & Guests, Polytoxic, Umber Productions, Dyson Industries and artists such as Jackie Ryan, Lisa O’Neill & Tee O’Neill.

Kathryn has dramaturged for the National Play Festival, the Regional Theatre-makers Festival, the Australian Script Centre, StagesWA and Darwin Writers Centre and for former organisations Playworks and ANPC. She was the Executive Director of Playlab from 2004-2008, publishing 24 new Australian plays; Resident Artist with World Interplay in 2005 and worked in Arts Policy for Arts Queensland in 1999, 2001 and 2009. 

Kathryn finished a PhD on how to train dramaturgs at the University of Queensland, reviewed for Realtime and teaches at Queensland University of Technology as a Lecturer in the Drama Department. Her publications about dramaturgy include a history of Australian dramaturgy 2000-2010 in Catching Australian Theatre in the 2000s published by Brill/Rodopi. She has a book upcoming in 2018 entitled Doing Dramaturgy: A User’s Guide for students, teachers and emerging dramaturgs. She is a partner of Belloo Creative.