Kate Braidwood

Kate Braidwood (BFA’03) is an actor, deviser, sound designer, director, teacher and co-founder of WONDERHEADS, a physical theatre company specializing in mask performance and visual storytelling. She is also a professional mask maker, responsible for the big heads used in WONDERHEADS’ work and whose masks are used on stages, in films and in classrooms around the world.

As an actor she has performed nationally and internationally, including credits with Miracle Theatre (Portland OR), Theatre SKAM (Victoria BC), The Dell’Arte Company (Blue Lake, CA), Furano Natural Studio (Japan), and Four on the Floor (Arcata, CA).

Kate is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a BFA in Theatre – specializing in acting – and she earned her MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, where she trained as an actor-creator, studying the development of original, physically driven work in ensemble. At Dell’Arte she trained in the Italian form of Commedia Dell’Arte, studied mask performance with Joan Schirle and Ronlin Foreman, studied mask design with Bruce Marrs and worked with Berlin-based mask company Familie Flöz.

In 2009 she teamed up with fellow Dell’Arte graduate, Andrew Phoenix, to create the WONDERHEADS and has been busy touring their work since that time. Kate was recently awarded a 2015 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship, an initiative designed to recognize the achievements of outstanding Oregon artists.

Please visit http://www.wonderheads.com for more information.