Katherine Lyall-Watson

Katherine Lyall-Watson

Katherine Lyall-Watson is the co-artistic director of Belloo Creative. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for her play Motherland, which went on to win numerous awards for its premiere season with Belloo Creative in 2013. Motherland was published by Playlab and went on to tour Australia in 2016, commencing  with a season at Queensland Theatre Company. In 2016, Katherine and co-artistic director Caroline Dunphy developed HANAKO with Belloo Creative. HANAKO premiered at Brisbane Powerhouse for the Brisbane Festival and was nominated for five industry awards and published by Playlab. Katherine’s play Rovers premiered at NORPA in August 2018 before being presented at Brisbane Festival 2018. House in the Dunes (a collaboration between Belloo Creative, Idiot Savant Theatre Company and Good Company Arts) premiered at Teishoin Temple in Japan in February 2020.

Katherine has been awarded writers’ residencies and fellowships. In 2008, she was one of three finalists for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards. Her work has been selected for Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop and read at the National Play Festival. She was an Associate Artist at Queensland Theatre Company in 2015 and Belloo was Company in Residence at Queensland Theatre from 2019-20.

Katherine has a long history in theatre having worked as an actor, director and theatre reviewer before starting playwriting. She has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Queensland and a Master’s from QUT. Katherine regularly mentors younger and emerging writers and was the chair of Playlab from 2014-2019.