Assoc Prof Kate Foy BA MLitt PhD

Curriculum Vitae (Academic)

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

As a teaching philosophy I believe that one should practise what one teaches and so I seek opportunities to continue my professional theatre practice to run in parallel with my teaching assignments.

My career focus on performance and education has involved 40 years’ work in the Australian higher education sector. In addition to syllabus and course creation and teaching, I served as a member of the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) University Council, and in leadership positions as Department Head (Theatre) and Director of the USQ Performance Centre. Until September 2008, I held the position of Deputy Dean Faculty of Arts, USQ. Since 2012, I have been a sessional staff member of the Performing Arts Department at QCGU, Brisbane where I teach acting and theatre history.

As an acknowledged specialist in voice and text in performance, I served as an occasional editorial consultant for the VASTA Voice Review also contributed as an Associate Editor to the International Dialects of English Archive. My professional experience has been 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). I served on the Board at Queensland Theatre Company (2001-2011) and as Chair (2003-2011) and as a Board member of Empire Theatres Inc., Toowoomba (2003-2013). I am currently a Trustee for the Empire Theatres Foundation.

I am 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)

With the availability of the internet and the World Wide Web from 2001, I developed an interest in the potential for developing e-learning assets for use in the creative arts. I integrated several of these technologies into several theoretical and practical university courses. For the past 20 years, I have continued to investigate the learning potential of online discourse and digital course creation.

Presentations (Conferences, Convocations, Lectures, Speaking Engagements)

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on:” William Shakespeare online lecture for Academy Travel: October 8, 2022

Book launch: Bars and Boniface by Maurice French and Judy Brewer. Toowoomba: June 29, 2022

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

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane (2012 – 2021) Tutor in Acting (Performing Arts Department), Creative Director.

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.

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