Kate Prior

Kaituhi Tūtahi | Contributing Writer

Kate is a writer, producer, dramaturg and performer working across theatre and film. From 2016-18, Kate was our Theatre Editor, and from 2019-2020 she lead The Pantograph Punch as Director. Kate has worked as a Development Exec at Vendetta Productions, an Arts Adviser at Creative New Zealand, a creative producer for Notable Pictures and holds a Master of Dramaturgy from the Victorian College of the Arts.

Everything By: Kate Prior


Binge Culture Brings the Spooks

Masters of agency and Fringe faves Binge Culture are travelling round the country with their new show Werewolf and uncovering what happens in the wilds at night.


2020 sucked but the art was beautiful

The PP crew give you 10 art moments that made 2020 suck a little bit less.


What happened at Silo Theatre when live performance met the year 2020.


The Pantograph Picks: NZIFF 2020

Our top picks from this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival programme, At Home – Online.


Introducing Artist in Residence

Our first ever podcast series is a collection of immersive performances for an audience of one, featuring Bic Runga, Coco Solid and Jo Randerson.


On not-finishing.


Online ephemera for those long hours in lockdown.


Some links to resources for arts freelancers during Covid-19, all in one place.


Freelance Freefall: Covid-19 and Our Artists

Our freelance artists across theatre and visual arts are on the frontlines of the sector downturn. We hear from them.


Kate Prior was a participant in Oliver Driver and Eli Kent’s Essays In Love. Here are some essays on that experience.


English playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm is in Tāmaki to catch the international premiere of her play Emilia at the Pop-up Globe. She chats with director Miriama McDowell and Kate Prior.


Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira deserves New Zealander of the Year and our respect. But Kiwibank got it wrong when they erased the unparalleled work of Māori artists to revitalise te reo.


Pantograph Picks for Auckland Fringe 2020

Helping you find the gems in Auckland Fringe Festival 2020


In a coup for culture in Ōtautahi, Aotearoa's newest fringe theatre Little Andromeda just announced it can stay open throughout 2020.


The Wolves: New Voices In The Locker Room

What do teenage girls really talk about in the locker room? Kate Prior on Silo Theatre’s latest production, The Wolves.

Loose Canons27.05.19

Loose Canons: Kate Prior

Loose Canons is a series in which we invite artists we love to share five things that have informed their work. Kate Prior is a writer, producer, dramaturg, and performer working across theatre and film.


Kate Prior reviews Sam Brooks' Actressexual and finds a show doing the opposite of what it thinks it's doing.


What's beyond the box office? Kate Prior analyses the conditions around the closure of Fortune Theatre and explores what we can learn for the future of professional theatre in Dunedin.


Kate Prior surveys the year in Auckland live performance.


FAFSWAG have had a big year. As their third Basement show opens tonight, they reflect on their year in the performance space with Kate Prior.


New Magic: Prokofiev, Puppets and Peter

In this essay for a younger reader, Kate Prior explores the process behind Silo Theatre's latest inventive production – Peter and the Wolf.


Kate Prior is excited about the publication of the first book on dramaturgy from New Zealand perspective. She chats with the author Fiona Graham.


UnstuckOpera present their second work, an intimate opera/cabaret based on Schubert's Winterreise song-cycle. Kate Prior reviews.


Relax, Don't Do It: A Review of Pleasuredome

The big-budget 80s spectacle currently playing in a West Auckland warehouse leaves Kate Prior severely underwhelmed.


Kate Prior reviews new work from Ash Jones and Arlo Gibson which mixes Buddhist philosophy with a couple of self-important casting directors.


Jackie van Beek's debut feature has its New Zealand premiere in Auckland tonight. The director shares some of her own images from her filmmaking process.


Kate Prior rediscovers the poetry of 'When Sun and Moon Collide', but finds it stymied by the production’s soapy literalness.


Kate Prior finds the new work from Red Leap Theatre Company to dazzle but confuse.


As the Pop-up Globe's second season starts to wind down, Kate Prior sits down with Artistic Director Miles Gregory to get beyond the bluster.


Ruia Taitea Creative on translating plays into Te Reo


Kate Prior went to Auckland Theatre Company's production BOYS, directed by Eleanor Bishop and Julia Croft.



This weekend ATC's Here and Now Festival opens at ASB Waterfront Theatre and runs until April 24th.


In Peer Gynt [recycled], New Zealand playwright Eli Kent and the Father of Modern Drama, Henrik Ibsen, go head-to-head


Prison drama Cellfish returns to Silo with a brand new cast.


For the first time ever, groundbreaking British theatre company Complicite performs in New Zealand in March as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Kate Prior watches their Amazonian epic The Encounter in two different places and times and explores in the undergrowth.


A manifesto exploding the legacy of language, Revolt. She said. Revolt Again. is an entropic hour of full-throated discord. Kate Prior explores the foundations and poetics of its unrest.


Kate Prior shakes down the month in theatre and sees what sticks.


Love, Disorder and Ancient Histories

In a new version of Medea, we find ourselves in a contemporary children's bedroom, where primal violence and revenge is stripped away for love.


Kate Prior on David Greig's play, The Events.


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