joined the Department of Social Sciences at IT Sligo, Ireland in January 2014.
She lectures in community drama practices and creative facilitation on the
Social Care Practice Degree and educational drama, puppetry and storytelling on
the Early Childhood Care and Education Degree.
has been part of the EU funded project, HIP ¿ a three year collaborative
project between Denmark, Romania, Spain and the Netherlands for working with
marginalized youth. Kate designed and delivered the project¿s pilot module to
SCP students and young people from the Traveller Community with colleague
Tamsin Cavaliero and IT Sligo project partner, the Youth Action Probation Service.
her colleague Dr Karin White, Kate has presented her work of using drama for
intervention project work with minority ethnic children at the European Social
Education Training (FESET) International Conference, Strasbourg, April 2016;
Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education (RECE) International Conference,
Dublin, October 2015 and the Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training
(DECET) International Conference, Birmingham, June 2015.
has a first class honours bachelors degree in Theatre with English, a post-graduate
degree in drama teaching and a masters degree in Arts Policy and Practice.
has recently been awarded funding to undertake PhD research. Operating within
the philosophy of the international-rights based movement, she is proposing to
investigate the phenomenology of homesickness and place attachment with
displaced children from Syria using a narrative/arts based/playwork approach.
to joining the Creative Practice team at IT Sligo, Kate worked as a freelance
artist. She worked extensively for 3 years with
the Intercultural Resource Centre in Donegal designing and facilitating arts
programmes for minority ethnic families and children for whom English is a
second or other language.
Coupled with her love of working with families, Kate's interest in community based inter-generational work and developing arts based programmes with older people began eight years ago with her Story C.I.R.C.L.E series. Since then she has worked in communities throughout the Northwest and Northern Ireland collaborating with film makers, visual artists and musicians to celebrate inter-generational relationships.
Her collaborative work for Co-operation Ireland on
the Northern Ireland Generations for Peace Project was awarded the European Map
for Intergenerational Learning in 2013.
She has been specialising in the area of educational drama since drama was introduced as a core primary school curriculum subject in 2007. As well as working directly with children in pre-school and primary school settings as an artist-in-residence, Kate has also developed arts based training programmes for early years educators and teachers on behalf of the Department of Education and early childcare committees nationwide, including Naionain le Cheile: The Early Childhood Identity and Belonging Programme.
In 2010, she began to create story projects for families at arts festivals and over the years she has worked with Errigal Arts Festival, Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival, Wainfest Children's Festival and the One Donegal Cultural Diversity Festival.
Kate has spent time
travelling in Israel, Jordan and Palestine and has volunteered with Combatants
for Peace, a Palestinian-Israeli peace organization, that works to free
Palestine from the Israeli Occupation and calls for the establishment of an
independent Palestinian State.
She also established and co-ordinated the One Billion Rising Donegal Campaign, calling for an end to gender based violence.