Ac­tor, di­rec­tor and teacher Kate Wil­son Hot Seat

Kate Wil­son Ac­tor , di­rec­tor , teacher

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - INSIDE THIS WEEK - AL I SON WALSH

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.”

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