Katrina Cornwell is a theatre director, actor and performance maker with a passion for challenging the theatre form. She has a Bachelor of Creative Industries from QUT, a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Community Practice from the Victorian College of Arts and is a co-Artistic Director for Rawcus. She has trained and performed extensively in visual theatre, collaborating and touring with companies such as Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, The Danger Ensemble, Red Moon Rising and Motherboard Productions. She has worked throughout Australia (Brisbane, regional Queensland, Melbourne and Adelaide) and has toured internationally (Europe, America, Korea and Hong Kong.) In 2022 Katrina co-created A Resourceful Hero Struggling Against Incredible Odds for Rawcus /Midsumma Festival and the Malthouse Forecourt. In 2021 she co-created and directed Us for St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Grand Gesture for La Mama Theatre along with Everyone Is Famous for Riot Stage, Darebin Speakeasy and Next Wave. In 2020 Katrina facilitated Fanaticus for Rawcus, bringing together professional basketballers, the Rawcus ensemble and children from the Horace Petty Housing Estate and co-created the Green Room Award winning A Disorganised Zoom Reading of the Script from Contagion for The People / Melbourne Fringe. In 2019, she directed the award-winning play Whale for Darebin Speakeasy and MLIVE Festival along with Grand Gesture for Melbourne Fringe / VCA. In 2018, Katrina directed Lovely Mess for Melbourne Fringe and FOLA, directed The Bachelor S17E5 for La Mama and was the Artistic Associate on The Rabble & St Martins’ co-production of Lone at Artshouse. In 2017, she performed in Motherboard Production’s Virgins and Cowboys at Griffin Theatre, Sydney and directed Death Match for Monash University at the Malthouse Tower. In 2016, she directed F. for Riot Stage / Poppyseed Festival, which was featured on ABC’s 7.30 Report.
Katrina was the founder and co- Artistic Director of Riot Stage (www.riotstage.com). She has created and directed many new works with young people for the company that have featured in festivals and venues across Queensland and Victoria.