Kate Mulvany

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Kate Mulvany
Born (1978-02-24) 24 February 1978 (age 41)
NationalityAustralian
EducationBachelor of Arts, Curtin University
OccupationActress, playwright, screenwriter
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)
Hamish Michael
(m. 2015)

Kate Mulvany (born 24 February 1978) is an Australian actress, playwright and screenwriter.[1] She works in theatre, television and film, with roles in The Great Gatsby (2013), Griff the Invisible (2010) and The Final Winter (2007). She has played lead roles with Australian theatre companies as well as appearing on television and in film.[2] In 2004 she won the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights Award for The Seed.[citation needed] In 2017, she won the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play for her role in Richard 3.[3]

Career[edit]

Mulvany has played Cassius,[4] Lady Macbeth, and was lauded for her performance as Richard III in which she revealed her real-life spinal disability.[5][6] Her adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel Jasper Jones has been performed in Perth by Barking Gecko Theatre Company,[7] in Sydney by Belvoir St Theatre,[8] and in Melbourne by the Melbourne Theatre Company.[9] In 2015 it was shortlisted for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting, New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.[10]

In 2018, Mulvany adapted Ruth Park's The Harp in the South trilogy as a two-part play for Sydney Theatre Company.[11] In 2019, she followed this with an adaptation of the Schiller play Mary Stuart - the first to be undertaken by a woman[12] - again for Sydney Theatre Company.[13] One review said, "Mulvany’s bold adaptation recentres the queens, shearing away nearly every male soliloquy and interaction held exclusively between men, of which there are an abundance in Schiller’s text",[14] while others called it "dazzlingly different",[12] and a "feminist"[15] reimagining of a classic.[16]

In April 2019, Deadline announced that Mulvany had been cast as a series regular in Amazon Prime Video's new 10-episode[17] Nazi-hunting series Hunters, created by David Weil and produced by Jordan Peele.[18] She will play one of the Hunters, Sister Harriet,[18]

Early life[edit]

Kate Mulvany was born on 24 February 1978 in Geraldton, Western Australia.[citation needed] Her father, Danny, was a Vietnam Veteran.[19] Her mother, Glenys,[20] is a schoolteacher.[21] She has a sister, Tegan, who is an actor and an improvisor.[22] In 1997, Mulvany received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Curtin University, Perth.[citation needed]

Mulvany was diagnosed with a Wilms's tumor (renal cancer) at age two and spent much of her childhood in hospital. Her cancer has been linked to her father's exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Vietnam War.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Mulvany was partner to actor Mark Priestley.[24] In 2015 she wed fellow actor Hamish Michael in New York.[20][25] She is an ambassador for MiVAC (Mines, Victims and Clearance), a landmine advocacy and support group.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Organisation Award Nominated Work Result
2019 Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Play Every Brilliant Thing Won
2018 Green Room Awards Best Female Performer Richard III Won
2018 AACTA Awards Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film The Merger Nominated
2017 Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Play Richard III Won
2017 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production Richard III Won
2015 AACTA Awards Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film The Little Death Nominated
2014 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Mainstage Production Tartuffe Won
2011 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production Julius Caesar Nominated
2007 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role The Seed Nominated
1998 Green Room Awards Best Female Performer Killer Joe Nominated

As writer[edit]

Year Organisation Award Nominated Work Result
2018 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production The Harp in the South Won
2018 Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work The Harp in the South Won
2018 AWGIE Awards Best Theatre: Stage The Rasputin Affair Nominated
2017 Helpmann Awards Best Play Jasper Jones Nominated
2017 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program Beat Bugs Won
2016 Helpmann Awards Best New Australian Work Jasper Jones Won
2015-2016 Intersticia Foundation Bell Shakespeare Writers’ Fellowship Won
2014 Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwrights Fellowship Won
2012 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production Medea Won
2012 Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work Medea Won
2007 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Independent Production The Seed Won
2007 Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work The Seed Nominated
2004 Belvoir Phillip Parsons Young Playwrights Award The Seed Won
2004 Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwrights Award The Danger Age Nominated
2002 Naked Theatre Company Write Now! Playwrighting Competition Blood & Bone Won

Other[edit]

In 2017, Mulvany received an honorary doctorate from Curtin University for her services to the arts in Australia.[27]

Year Organisation Award Result
2017 The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award Individual Award Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kate Mulvany - Currency Press".
  2. ^ "Kate Mulvany - Currency Press". currency.com.au. Currency Press. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Helpmann Award Winners 2017: Full List". Daily Review. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Taking a Stab". smh.com.au. 23 October 2011.
  5. ^ "'This woman is a man': Kate Mulvany on playing Shakespeare's greatest villain". smh.com.au. 31 January 2017.
  6. ^ Law, Benjamin (8 March 2019). "Dicey Topics: Kate Mulvany talks bodies, death and religion". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Jasper Jones: the stage adaptation of Craig Silvey's novel". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 15 July 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  8. ^ Blake, Jason (6 January 2016). "Jasper Jones review: Kate Mulvany's adaptation stands tall despite slight falter at end". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  9. ^ Galloway, Paul (18 July 2016). "Kate Mulvany on Jasper Jones". Melbourne Theatre Company. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  10. ^ "New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards" (PDF). SL Magazine. 8 (4): 36. Summer 2015.
  11. ^ https://www.timeout.com/sydney/theatre/the-harp-in-the-south-review
  12. ^ a b "Review: Mary Stuart". Stage Noise.
  13. ^ "Mary Stuart - Sydney Theatre Company".
  14. ^ "MARY STUART (SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY)". Limelight.
  15. ^ "Mary Stuart review: Feminist take on a gripping game of thrones". Sydney Morning Herald.
  16. ^ "Mary Stuart review". Time Out.
  17. ^ "Amazon Nabs Jordan Peele's Nazi Hunters Drama With Series Order, Sonar Produces". Deadline.
  18. ^ a b "'The Hunt' Adds Kate Mulvany As Series Regular, 5 More Join In Recurring Roles For Amazon Original". Deadline.
  19. ^ "Courageous voice tackles themes of war". theaustralian.com.au. 8 January 2008.
  20. ^ a b "Fighting Chance". thewest.com.au. 7 December 2018.
  21. ^ "How Kate Mulvany overcame childhood cancer and her partner's death to become Australia's busiest playwright". stuff.co.nz. 16 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Tegan Mulvany". twitter.com.
  23. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/austory/specials/walkingwithkatemulvany/default.htm
  24. ^ "Australian Story - Walking With Kate Mulvany - Transcript". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Kate Mulvany's Next Big Challenge: Mary Stuart". dailytelegraph.com.au. 19 February 2019.
  26. ^ "My MiVAC Trip, by Kate Mulvany". MiVAC (Mines Victims and Clearance). Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Toward the end of last year [2012], my partner Hamish, my father Danny and myself joined a small group of travellers on a life-changing trip to Laos. I was there as ambassador to MiVAC (Mines Victims and Clearance) – an organisation that commits itself to providing care and assistance to those communities that continue to suffer the effects of mine warfare in SE Asia.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  27. ^ "Playwright Kate Mulvany recognised with Honorary Doctorate". news.curtin.edu.au. 4 September 2017.

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