* Kate is currently working with the young cast on Mia Wasikowska's new film Judy and Punch. This is the directorial debut 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).
As an acting coach with over 18 years of experience with artists, I believe that sensitivity is a gift. That it is an intelligence. It allows for profound connection with self, other and environment; a greater depth of understanding, and a more sensual experience of the everyday.
We can learn a lot from artists: empathy, listening, truth and compassion. It is a privilege therefore to support, nourish and champion actors.
I believe in collaboration: I work with Actors, Directors and the script. I work intuitively with the actor to help them prepare in a way as to be able to take direction. I assist in their reading of the script, what is on the page as much as what is not (the in-between, the spaces, the 'inter-lingua').
I believe in listening: I hear and assist actors in deepening their own attention to details.
I am a great believer in the body: it speaks raw truth (far more than the words we use). Expect to use your body when you work with me.
I believe in play: when we play, we experience immersion. It is a full-bodied experience. It is limitless, creative and therefore expansive. It is joyous.
I look forward to working with you.
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Kate Ellis offers private and ensemble coaching around upcoming auditions, secured roles and for cast members on set.
She is available to liaise with Directors and Producers during the final stages of casting to assist in building an ensemble or finding connections and on screen intimacy between key cast members.