Siren Theatre Co is an independent professional theatre company based in Sydney. Since 1997 the company has commissioned and produced new Australian plays,classics, made plays for young people and families, partnered with producing and presenting organisations to give our vital artists and audiences bold imaginative experiences.
Siren is always evolving but these things hold true: the work would look ridiculous in other mediums; always tell a good story; keep the actor at the centre of the work; don’t add to the crap in the world; the work will be beautiful, rigorous, imaginative and timely.
Siren Theatre Co’s aim is to make theatre at the highest standard that is intellectually and financially accessible to a diverse community; and to promote equality by taking steps to normalise feminist and queer experience.
“Bloody Incredible... I literally sat there with my jaw dropped... never have I seen poetic drama so vividly realised by a performance...chilling subconscious menagerie struggling beneath our waking state.” - Miles Merrill
"Gaul and her team have created one of the best independent shows of the year thus far and have set a new benchmark for what can be achieved." Jason Blake
“A Siren call to Sydney’s independent theatre scene proving that less can often be more:” Nicholas Pickard
"Kate Gaul, one of Sydney’s most insightful, confident and versatile directors …. creates a production that sings with all the music and poeticism of White’s text. This is an entertaining, imaginative, first-rate and crystal-clear production of one of the most idiosyncratic plays ever written by an Australian playwright. It’s no fusty museum piece, but should be seen by everyone with an interest in the handful of plays that make up the Australian theatrical canon.” Ben Neutze
"Directed with subtle focus and clarity by Kate Gaul, the 70 minutes are a kaleidoscope of imagery made dynamic by Thomas Campbell’s sustained energy and intelligence. Simplicity and complexity combine in a virtually flawless production … Not to be missed” Diana Simmonds
“…every element in this production is in step and working together to create this fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking piece of theatre.” Ben Neutze
Siren Theatre Co acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Australia’s First Peoples and traditional owners of the land on which we create and share stories, and pay respect to elders past, present and future.
Freelance Theatre Director/Designer. NIDA 1996 (Directing Course), Anne Bogart SITI Company NYC 2005. Associate Director Ensemble Theatre 2004/5. Festival Director World Interplay 2009/11. Festival Director Short Play Festival Canberra 2013 - 2015, Cabaret Sydney 2014, Mardi Gras Parade Creative Director 2015/16.
Kate’s directing credits include plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works, and classics for theatre companies and schools in Australia. Kate has won numerous awards across the fields of directing and design. She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co where her passion is for text-based drama challenges artists and audiences to have bold imaginative experiences. Kate’s play – Fatboy has been produced twice and she has written and directed two short films – Embrace and Cake.
Kate directed the spectacular, gender-bending H M S Pinafore for a Sydney season in 2019 and its NSW tour in 2020. The production returned to Sydney in 2021 as part of Sydney Festival (Parramatta Riverside Theatre). A national tour is planned for 2022.
Find out more about Kate here.