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Cate Clelland

Cate has been a Canberra-based theatre practitioner for many years, working with several theatre companies mainly as director and/or designer. She loves both directing and designing. The thing she most loves (and finds most scary) about set designing is the process which takes one from an idea to a sketch, and then to a full-sized 3-dimensional structure – a kind of magic really. She is interested in working on both plays and musicals. 

Her most recent theatre involvement in plays has been directing/designing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Sense and Sensibility for REP and directing Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Speaking in Tongues (Ovation Award for Outstanding Production) for Free-Rain.

Cate’s involvement in musicals goes back to the 1990s when she directed Hot Mikado for Canberra Philharmonic (CAT Award for Best Director of a Musical) and designed costumes for REP’s 1999 Old Time Music Hall (Cat Award for Best Costume Designer for a Musical). For Free-Rain she has directed /designed Cats! (at the ANU Arts Centre) and Les Misérables (at The Q). She designed Guys and Dolls (at The Q), The Phantom of the Opera and The Little Mermaid (both at Canberra Theatre), and Kinky Boots and My Fair Lady (both at The Q). She is pleased to be back at The Q designing this production of Billy Elliot. Cate likes to be involved in theatre that has what she likes to call ‘substance’ – and Billy Elliot certainly ticks that box!