Stage Director

Kate Budgen

Selected credits

  • GutGuildhall School of Music & Drama (31 Jan-11 Feb 2020)
  • Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard EnoughSouthwark Playhouse (22 Sep -9 October 2021)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest The Watermill Theatre
  • The Hairy ApeSouthwark Playhouse
  • Strong ArmUnderbelly/Old Vic New Voices
  • No Place for a Woman Theatre 503


Kate is a Stage Director working in London. 2021 will see her direct the première of Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough (Southwark Playhouse), In 2020 she directed the winner of Best Play at the 2019 Writers’ Guild, Gut (Guildhall School of Music & Drama)

Directing credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Watermill Theatre), No Place for a Woman (Theatre 503), Anne Boleyn (RWCMD), Strong Arm (Underbelly/Old Vic New Voices), The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse), Rigor Mortis (Papatango/Finborough).

Kate has been a Connections Director for the National Theatre Connections Festival since 2011. She trained at Birkbeck College and on the NT Studio Directors course.

Featured work

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Watermill
Design: Amy Jane Cook
Lighting: Sally Ferguson
Sound: Jon McLeod
Photo by Philip Tull

“An inventive new take on an old favourite”
★★★★ Spy in the Stalls

“Laugh-a-minute funny”
★★★★ Broadway World

The Hairy Ape

Southwark Playhouse
Design: Jean Chan
Lighting: Richard Howell
Sound: Tom Gibbons
Movement: Lucy Cullingford
Photo by Jane Hobson

JMK Directors Award: Runner Up

“In Kate Budgen’s muscular revival the beast is given full rein… though the walls of Southwark Playhouse shake, she is never in danger of losing control in a production that is as stylish as it is visceral”
★★★★ Time Out

Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough

Southwark Playhouse
Producer: Philip Scott-Wallace
Design: Camilla Clarke
Associate designer: Ceci Calf
Lighting: Sally Ferguson
Sound: Beth Duke
Movement: Lucy Cullingford

“Kate Budgen’s dynamic, deceptively clever staging…” ***** WhatsOnStage

“Director Kate Budgen seamlessly choreographs the action, making use of every inch of the space. She keeps it pacey but at the same time is not afraid to let important beats rest and resonate before moving things along again.” **** Everything Theatre

“superb two-hander about dealing with grief” **** The Times

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