Kate Ellis is an Acting Coach, Writer, Artist and Arts and English Education Innovator.
She has performed and trained with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in Brisbane, performed at the Queensland Theatre and NIDA, has trained with female macho dancer Eisa Jocson and undertaken PULSE Masterclasses with Director Tanya Gerstle. She has trained with renowned Butoh artists Sankai Juku and trained and performed in Italy with Butoh master Atsushi Takenouchi. She has also appeared in various television shows such as The Saddle Club (series two and three), Winners and Losers, Wentworth and for television commercials.
Kate has run specialised workshops for Neighbours cast members, NIDA students, facilitated a drama program to refugee children at Villawood Refugee Detention Centre, was the Drama Coach for popular children’s television show The Saddle Club (series three) and for Jonathan M. Shiff Productions Lightning Point, Reef Drs and Mako; Island of Secrets (filming at Village Roadshow studios on the Gold Coast).
In 2016 she was the Drama Coach to Alice Foulcher during the production and filming of Australian Film, That’s Not Me which had its world premier at 2017’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival and it’s Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival.
In her 34th year, after being published in 2010’s The Modern Woman’s Anthology and winning various competitions for her poetry, Kate began putting passionate energy and focus into her career as a writer. In 2017 she was named a finalist in the Iceland Writers Retreat writing competition; and completed her first poetry manuscript. She is also working closely with the Abbotsford Convent on a project that uses poetry and sculpture to help people of all ages listen to people, places and self in a way that cultivates 'sensory rapture' in the everyday.
She has a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) majoring in Film and Sociology (UNSW), studied at Theatre Nepean and has a Masters in Education (Melbourne University).
In 2018 she will travel to Scotland for a writers residency and will be working with ISV (Independent Schools Victoria) on a series of innovative English and Performing Arts programs for educators.
She is currently working with the young cast on Mia Wasikowska's new film Judy and Punch. This is the directorial debut of Mirrah Foulkes (who has also written the screenplay) and is produced by Michele Bennett (Mr Inbetween, Chopper) alongside Blue-Tongue Films’ Nash Edgerton (Mr Inbetween, The Square) and VICE Media’s Danny Gabai (Bad Batch). Judy and Punch will be executive produced by Oscar-nominated Vincent Landay (Her, Being John Malkovich) and VICE Media’s Chief Creative Officer Eddy Moretti. Cornerstone Films is attached for international sales (c/o Screen Australia).