Katherine Lyall-Watson

Katherine Lyall-Watson

Katherine is a playwright and the Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative, which is company in residence at Queensland Theatre (QTC). QTC commissioned Katherine to write a new work, Phaedra, for their 2020 season.

In 2013 Katherine 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 QTC.

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

Also with Belloo Creative, Katherine wrote Rovers, a play about the grit and daring of Australian women, which premiered at NORPA before playing at the Brisbane Festival 2018. Rovers will be touring nationally in 2020.

Katherine’s latest work with Belloo Creative is The House in the Dunes, a cross-cultural collaboration with Japanese company Idiot Savant Theatre Company and Good Company Arts (New Zealand) that premieres in Japan in 2020.

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 and the Chair of Playlab from 2013 to 2019.