Actor, director and teacher Kate Wilson Hot Seat
Kate Wilson Actor , director , teacher
She was behind the scenes as chairman of the Queensland Theatre Company board from 2003-11 but is now centre-stage with this year’s opening production. Wilson, who lives in Toowoomba (125km west of Brisbane), has had an extensive stage career that includes much previous work with the company. She is also an academic and was director of the University of Southern Queensland’s Performance Centre and the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts. She has a PhD from the University of Hawaii examining emerging identities in modern Australian drama. I grew up in … Sandgate [on Brisbane’s northern bayside], where I went to Sacred Heart College. I remember they were carefree days living by the bay. I thought I would be … I was always interested in working in the arts. I loved singing and performing but being an actor wasn’t something acceptable, so I first studied primary-school teaching and taught for two-and-a-half years. My most treasured possession is … family photographs. The word that best describes me is … curious. My favourite smell is … the ground after it rains – petrichor. A book I really enjoyed was … Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet. A song that I can’t help singing along to is … Yesterday [The Beatles]. The play I’d most like to star in is … one of the great Shakespearean roles, male or female. The person who would play me in a movie about my life would be … Anna McGahan. The question I’m most often asked is … Where do you get the energy? My favourite word is … perhaps. I relax by … working in my bush garden. It backs on to state forest and has echidnas, wallabies and lizards. I love waking up and hearing birdsong that changes with the seasons. My worst habit is … procrastination. My guilty pleasure is … taking business class on long-haul flights, but I don’t feel guilty about it. My last meal would be … a perfectly cooked medium-rare fillet steak with freshly picked mesclun salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar and cold-pressed olive oil. It would be served by [celebrity chef] Bill Granger. The point of life is … giving back what you have been given. To share and use your gifts for the benefit of others. Wilson plays Jean in Quartet, Playhouse, QPAC, until Feb 21; Toowoomba Feb 25; Kawana Feb 27; Rockhampton Mar 1, Mackay Mar 4, Cairns Mar 8-9, Townsville Mar 12, Gladstone Mar 16, Ipswich Mar 19, Gold Coast Mar 22-23.
“I’d like to play one of the great Shakespearean roles, male or female.”