Kate Sulan is the founding Artistic Director of Rawcus, an award winning theatre company of performers with and without disability. Her work draws on dance, theatre and visual art disciplines and has been described as “a moving assertion of humanity with a wicked sense of humour”. Kate is a long-term collaborator with Back to Back Theatre. She was a co-devisor for GANESH VERSUS THE THIRD REICH, and has toured with the work as the show director to over 15 cities worldwide. She was the dramaturge for Back to Back’s LADY EATS APPLE (Melbourne International Arts Festival 2017) and SUPER DISCOUNT (STC, Malthouse). Kate is one of the artists working on the five year REFUGE project for Artshouse. Refuge explores the role of artists and cultural institutions in times of climate catastrophe, bringing together emergency management, artists, the community and local, regional and international partners. Between 2010-2013 Kate directed and facilitated Malthouse Theatre’s Suitcase Series working alongside writers Maryanne Lynch (HAPPINESS) and Declan Greene (TAME). She has worked as a director and dramaturge with companies such as Malthouse Theatre, Restless Dance Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Stuck Pigs Squealing, The Women’s Circus and Theatre of Speed. In 2009, Kate created a work in Ahmedabad, India as part of an Asialink Performing Arts Residency. The work was a collaboration between Darpana Performing Arts Academy and performers from Apang Manav Mandal, a home for girls with physical disabilities. Kate was a board member of Next Wave Festival between 2006-2014 and was part of MTC’s Women Director’s Program 2014 and The Director’s Lab- Melbourne International Arts Festival 2015.
Rawcus productions: DIRECTION: Flight (2000), Designer Child (2002), Born Rawcus (2003), Sideshow (2004), Boxset (2004), Not Dead Yet (2005), Collisions (2005), Rawcus at Artplay (2006), Hunger (2007), Heart of Another is Dark Forest (2008), Sticky (2009), Cherish (2010), Another Lament (2010, 2012), Accessible Flashmob (2011), Small Odysseys (2011), Catalogue (2015)
DRAMATURGE: Emporium of Treasures (2012), Imagine Me There (2012), Shadow Tales (2014), Cross my Heart (and Hope) (2016), Fanaticus (2017)