Catherine McNamara is an emerging performer and maker with a Bachelor of Performance (Acting) and a Communications/Journalism degree both from the University of Wollongong. She has spent a large proportion of her life studying dance and movement – from ballet and jazz to Bodyweather, a dance method with its origins in Japan in the 1980s.
In November 2016, Catherine was selected as one of the dancers in American artist Nick Cave’s Heard (Carriageworks). Catherine was a key creative and performer of Prehistoric Aquarium, an interactive children’s show by ERTH: Visual and Physical Inc, which premiered at the 2016 Adelaide Festival and will tour throughout Australia from June to October 2017. In 2015, she was a dancer/company member of TANGI wai: the cry of water by Victoria Hunt (Carriageworks).
Her university graduation performance was in Teenage Wildlife, an adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening directed by Chris Ryan at PACT Theatre. Whilst at UoW, she co-wrote and performed in The Defence, which enjoyed fringe seasons in Sydney (PACT), Wollongong (Merrigong), Melbourne (MKA) and Perth (Blue Room Theatre). She was also selected for Karen O’s Stop the Virgens: A Psycho Opera (Vivid Festival, 2012).
Catherine works as a disability support worker and drama facilitator with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. This gives her practical experience assisting both adults and children living with disability. She advocates for their voices to be heard more in theatre and community.
Image: David Kaldor