Ms Kate Hale

Senior Lecturer in Drama

Email address: Phone number: 01902 322319 Location: WH Building Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Drama


Biographical summary

Kate has taught at the University of Wolverhampton for over twenty years.  She trained and worked for Gazebo TIE company before studying Drama at Exeter University. She co-founded Foursight Theatre – a national touring women’s theatre company - in 1988. She worked as a Director, Facilitator, Performer, Writer and Dramaturg for the company for twenty five years and taught on their actor training course ‘Serious Play’.  She has also worked as freelance artist creating small-scale community and educational theatre performances and projects in response to professional programme briefs for amongst others: Shropshire County Council’s  Valuing the Arts, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Black Country Touring’s/R:evolve resonate, Grand Theatre Education and Amnesty International.

Kate has been on the board of directors of a number of professional organisations including, Gazebo TIE, Newhampton Arts Centre, Black Country Touring, Independent Theatre Council and most recently WOW (Women of Wolverhampton)

Kate has a Practice as Research MA (University of Warwick) which critiqued democratic devising processes.

She is currently researching for her PhD which is on the ethics of One-to-One theatre. 

Research interests

Research interests

  • One-to-One theatre
  • Ethics
  • Emmanuel Levinas

Membership of professional bodies

Membership of professional organisations

  • Member of SCUDD



  • BA (Hons) Drama Exeter University  
  • PGTC Drama: Goldsmith’s College, University of London
  • MA(Res) Theatre and Cultural Studies: University of Warwick


Publications and conference papers

Foursight theatre’s scripts and working method has been recorded in the following publications:

  • Callery, D. (2001) Through the body, London: Nick Hern Books. 
  • Cousins, G. (1996) Women in dramatic place and time, London: Routledge.
  • Cousins, G. (2000) Recording Women. London: Harwood Academic Press.
  • Goodman, L & De Gay, J (1999) Routledge reader in gender and performance, London: Routledge.
  • Griffin,G and Aston,E. (1997) Contemporary theatre review vol. 6 part 3:Subversions, Playing with history in women’s theatre: Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen, London: Harwood academic Press.
  • Kuppers, P. (2007) Community Performance. An introduction, London: Routledge

Three one woman plays published by Shropshire County Council for use in their schools:

  • Pigs might Fly
  • Off with his Head
  • Bare Bones.

An electronic Archive of all of Foursight’s work is available at the University of Exeter

A hard copy archive of the company’s work is located at Wolverhampton Archives. 

Experience in industry

Employment history

  • 1987 - 1999: Founder member and Joint Artistic Director of Foursight Theatre
  • 1999 - 2001: Artistic Director of Foursight Education
  • 1999 – 2013: Associate Director of Foursight Theatre
  • 2001 - 2013: Freelance actor/director/dramaturg and facilitator
  • 1995 - 2015: Part-time lecturer in Drama, University of Wolverhampton

Small Scale National Touring Work:

  • Secret Vice:Devising/Actor
  • Mae West: Devising/Actor
  • Hitler’s Women: Devising/Actor
  • Helen: Actor
  • Pink Smoke in the Vatican:Scripting/Director
  • Shoot The Women First:Scripting/Director
  • Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen:Devising/Actor
  • Frankenstein’s Mothers: Asst Director
  • Boadicea: The Red-Bellied Queen:Scripting/Director
  • The Trout Sisters: Scripting/Director
  • Naked Wedding: Secondary Director
  • SLAP!: Writer/Director
  • ‘X’: Secondary Director

Actor Training

  • Serious Play Summer School: Tutor
  • Vancouver Actors Workshop: Tutor/Director

Bespoke education/community work

  • Mobs and Martyrs (B’ham Schools): Actor
  • Bloomers (Wolverhampton Art Gallery): Writer/Actor
  • Working women of the Black Country: Wolverhampton Art Gallery): Writer/Actor
  • Pigs Might Fly (Valuing the Arts- Shropshire Schools): Writer/Actor
  • Bare Bones: (Valuing the Arts- Shropshire Schools): Writer/Actor
  • Off With Their Heads (Valuing the Arts- Shropshire Schools):Writer/Actor

1999 - 2002: Foursight Education (Sister Company to Foursight) Artistic Director

  • One voice Many Places (Stoke Schools): Artist-in-residence
  • Telford Our Town (Community Play): Artist-in-residence, Writer/Director/Producer
  • The Magic Eggs (Telford EAZ): Artist-in-residence, Writer/ Director.
  • The Moonbird (Telford EAZ –schools tour):Writer/Director

2000 - 2013: Associate Artist to Foursight Theatre - Middle scale and small scale touring work:

  • Six Dead Queens: Original Dramaturgy
  • Snow Queen: Asst. Director
  • Welcome to my world:Director
  • Thatcher the Musical: Dramaturgy
  • Forever in Your Debt: Associate director

Further information

Teaching responsibilities

  • Applied Drama
  • Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Independent Production

Non-Teaching responsibilities

  • Careers
  • Professional Projects

Other training

  • Red Nose Clown and Bouffon: Philippe Gaulier
  • Mask Work: Michael Chase
  • Trestle Mask Work: Toby Willshire
  • The Joker (Cardboard Citizens): Adrian Jackson
  • Freeing the Voice: Guy Dartnell
  • Rainbow of Desire: Augusto Boal
  • Song and Voice: Frankie Armstrong
  • Dark clown: Peta Lily
  • Basic Clown: John Wright
  • One-to-one theatre: Adrian Howells