I have been creating since I was young.
As I grew, my art grew.
First I painted.
Then I performed.
And I began to combine art with different fields - like development, education, language learning and science.
My background is deeply rooted in the performing, literary and visual arts. As my work has grown, I've become increasingly interested in moving beyond the traditional silos of how art is created, engaged with, utilized and funded. I am interested in the ways creative processes and outputs can connect with non-arts industries, sharing skills and processes across sectors.
Originally from Australia and now living in New York, I have predominantly worked within education and community development. Creatively, my performance forms include text based plays, experimental performance, dance theatre, devised performance and film. I have worked internationally with OzFrank (Australia), the Lotos Collective (London), Suzuki’s Toga Summer Festival (Japan) and Witness Relocation (New York City). My work with diverse communities focuses on using cultural events as a tool for social engagement, education and development.
I have researched arts education, arts and community cultural development and culture shock and have presented at 'Zone 126 GradNation: Strengthening Families, Transforming Communities', at the ‘Cultural Diplomacy in the United Nations Symposium,’ and 'Creative Communities Conference: Risks and Possibilities' at the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research and in ‘Drama Australia: NJ’. I have a BA in Applied Theater (First-Class Hons) and a MBA in Innovation and Leadership.
Theatre Guide, Australia
Kate Lee silences the room with a stare, her piercing blue eyes fixing the audience and holding them so strongly it takes what seems like minutes before your attention is willed further upstage by Tom McCosker. So begins an amazing performance.
David King, Community Word Project, NYC Kate is a true professional. She is reliable and talented in developing and implementing quality curriculum for various age groups. Her determination is admirable. She handles challenges with grace and is responsive to feedback. Kate also develops a true rapport with the youth and communities she serves
Manhattan Mid-town Community Council
Kate continues to amaze me with her versatile, creative and adaptive processes to get the job done. The particular energy Kate brings to a project and it's outcome is one that makes self belief and empowerment linger long after her work.