Artistic Director
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kate@tempest.ca

Kate Twa

Kate began her professional acting career at 17 playing Estella in The Citadel Theater’s production of Great Expectations. Shortly after, she travelled overseas to study in London with the British Theatre Association. Training in the classics by day left her evenings open to explore some of London’s newest playwrights and explosive productions. By 18 she was developing a taste for the raw, insightful and provocative work she is known for today.

Selected stage performances include Birdbath by Leonard Melfi, No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, Miss Julie by August Strindberg and The Sweetest Swing in Baseball by Diana Son. Kate has acted extensively in film and television (X-Files, Outer Limits, Killer App, DaVinci’s Inquest, and Dead Zone).

Kate has directed over two dozen stage plays and written and directed three which have been produced across Canada. She has taught thousands of students in the Craft of Acting and is Co-Artistic Director of Railtown Actors Studio where she continues to generate her creative tenacity and fearless exploration of challenging material.

Whether on stage or on film, developing and directing new material has always been her driving passion. In 2011 Kate wrote and directed Gods of Youth, a harrowing exploration of kids and crystal meth. Her most recent film, The Orchard, just completed a sweet festival run acquiring numerous awards including Best Director at Sydney International Film Festival and Best Feature at the Portsmouth International Film Festival.

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