Kate Foy – Kate Wilson

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Kate works as a freelance professional actor, director, voice and presentation coach and acting teacher.

As an actor, she uses her stage name ‘Kate Wilson.’ Here is a comprehensive biography of Kate’s work as actor, director, and voice coach.

As a research practitioner her principal areas of interest lie in Australian theatre history, acting, and voice and text studies for the actor.

Podcast: Your Story Ep 50 Kate’s Story: acting a theatrical life – in conversation with Ian Kath, March 2010.


Curriculum Vitae (Academic)

Dr Kate Foy BA MLitt PhD

Career focus has been on performance and education, with over 20 years in the Australian higher education sector. Kate has served as a member of the University Council, as Department Head (Theatre), Director of the USQ Performance Centre, and until September 2008,  held the position of Deputy Dean Faculty of Arts.

As an acknowledged specialist in voice and text in performance, she served as an occasional editorial consultant for the VASTA Voice Review also contributing as an Associate Editor to the International Dialects of English Archive. Kate’s professional experience was as a classroom teacher (1966-68) and as a professional actor and director principally with Queensland Theatre Company, and New England Theatre Company (1971-86). She served on the Board at Queensland Theatre Company (2001-2011) and as Chair (2003-2011). Kate is currently a Board member of Empire Theatres Inc., Toowoomba (2003-) and a Trustee for the Empire Theatres Foundation (2009 -.

Kate is listed in “Who’s Who in Queensland.”

Performance research practitioner (Academic)

Publications and presentations at national and international conferences (VASTA: Glasgow 2005; Voice Review: 2001; 2003; 2005) on voice in the outdoor theatre, voice training, the development of community theatre, and Shakespeare in actor training.

New technologies research practitioner (Academic)

Beginning in 2001, Kate developed an interest in the potential for developing e-learning assets for use in the creative arts. She integrated several of these technologies into several theoretical and practical university courses.

Presentations (Academic)

International World Theatre Day Global Organising Committee: March 27, 2010, 2011.

AUC Create World Conference: Griffith University, Brisbane  2007, 2008, 2009

AUC Conference, Gold Coast Australia; 3rd International Pedagogies and Learning Conference, Springfield Australia; Create World 2007-2009, Griffith University Australia; Shift Happens (Arts and Technology Conference) 2009.


University of New England (1981-1986) Tutor in Voice

University of Southern Queensland (1987-2008) voice, speech and text studies in professional actor-training program; theatre and drama history; theatre practice; professional development for the actor.

Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (2012) Tutor in Voice

Queensland Theatre Company (2012) Senior Ensemble Facilitator

Griffith University, Brisbane (2013) Tutor in Acting

Research and Professional Development

Inaugural producer of USQ’s Shakespeare in Queen’s Park Festival Toowoomba, Australia (2004-2007).


PhD University of Hawaii at Manoa (1999)

Dissertation: The formation of Australian national identity: the contribution of modern women’s, immigrant and aboriginal theatre and drama.  December 1999. xi, 312 leaves. (Theatre). Call no. UH Mänoa Hawaiian Collection AC1 .H3 no.3871, Microfiche 38878. Also available online in pdf format at Bell & Howell: UMI no. 9951185. “December 1999.” Includes bibliographical references (pp: 286-312) Microfiche. Ann Arbor, Mich.

MLitt University of New England (1987)

BA University of New England (1987)

Toynbee School of Drama (1968-1971)

TCert Kedron Park Teachers College (1965)


Kate was born and grew up in Brisbane, Queensland.