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Kate Cherry


Kate Cherry is a creative leader, and an opera and theatre director.  Leadership roles have included Artistic Director/CEO of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Artistic Director and co-CEO of Black Swan State Theatre Company, and Associate Director, Melbourne Theatre Company.

Kate has directed over 50 professional productions. Her work has been staged in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

She directed Madame Butterfly for Seattle Opera and New Zealand Opera; La Traviata for NZ Opera, State Opera of South Australia and Opera Queensland; The Turn of the ScrewThe Coronation of Poppea and Brundibahr for the Victorian Opera.

She has directed for MTC, STC, Queensland Theatre and BSSTC; and her work has been seen at Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and Perth Festival.

Kate’s productions have won Helpmann and Green Room Awards.  Kate was a Finalist for Western Australian of the Year, Arts and Culture and the Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award for Best Director and a recipient of the Gielgud Award (US).  She has an MFA in Directing from University of California and a BA from Bard College.  She is a Fellow of UCLA, the Drama League, NYC and a graduate of the Williamson Leadership course.

Performances with state opera south australia