Catherine Stewart is a freelance writer, director, dramaturg and projection designer working in live performance and recorded media. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Leeds (Bretton Hall) with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance. During her studies she was awarded the White Rose Scholarship for Enterprise for her work in developing sustainable creative economies. Subsequently she has worked with The West Yorkshire Playhouse, DanceBase – the national center for dance, Impact Arts and The Federation of Scottish Theatre in both creative and administrative roles including fundraising, programing and as an artist liaison.
Since relocating to New Hampshire in 2012 from her native Scotland, United Kingdom she has worked with a variety of arts organisations including Arts in Reach, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, New England Arts for Literacy, and Neoteric Dance Collaborative, alongside developing her own practice in theatre and film. In 2017 she was named the winner of Prescott Park’s 30 pages in 30 Days one-act play competition. She has developed her practice as part of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab 2018, and as a Creative Community Fellow at National Arts Strategies. Between 2019 and 2021 she served as the Artistic Director for New Hampshire Theatre Project, an applied theatre company founded in 1988 and based at its 50-seat blackbox theatre in Portsmouth NH. In 2020 she was in the inaugural cohort for Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process Certification, and Company One’s PlayLab Unit.
Her full-length plays include Extras Wanted, Wish You Were Here, At The Table, and an adaptation of H.G.Wells The Time Machine. Her latest work You, Me and the Woodsmoke was selected as a 2018/19 Season Finalist for the Acadiana Rep, and has received development with Tablework Press, based in New York City, in collaboration with director Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly. She Will Lead is in a development process with humanmachine theatre ensemble based in Atlanta, Georgia, lead by Lauren Morris. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing (Dramatic Writing) at Goddard College.
Inquiry drives the creation of Catherine’s multidisciplinary theatre that aims to ignite social, economic and political change. As an applied theatre practitioner she works with communities to articulate a challenge, problem or necessary exploration. She then leads theatrical processes, as a playwright, director or facilitator, that grapple with finding answers. She is on the NH Teaching Artist Roster, as well as the Lifetime Arts Roster. She actively seeks professional development for her teaching artistry through the International Teaching Artist Conference and The Center for Civic Practice led by Michael Rohd.
As an advocate for artists as life-long learners and the creation of new work she has developed a variety of opportunities including The Peer Group, a support organisation for creative artists in all disciplines, and Tiny Mayhem Performance Lab, an innovation hub for the creation and production of contemporary performance.
Working with collaborators Jonny Peiffer, and CJ Lewis she co-founded Circulus Arts in 2016. This creative studio produces live performance work rooted in cross-disciplinary collaboration. We build immersive experiences with audiences and artists that explore new methods of engagement in theatre, music and film. The work is focused on the idea of an individual within a community.
She has contributed to a variety of print and online publications, recently working as the Managing Editor of The Independent Magazine, previously Independent Film and Television Monthly, discussing global cinema, gender in film and innovative approaches to media creation.