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Kate Story – Artist in Residence

Local Artist Kate Story Awarded for Theatre

Public Energy Celebrates Kate Story

May 22, 2015 @ 9:45 PM

The Theatre on King, 159 King St.

Congratulate Kate Story and celebrate with host Public Energy this Friday, May 22, at The Theatre on King

A public recognition of the award featuring a screening of short video clips from Kate’s many productions with Public Energy, selected by artistic producer Bill Kimball will take place on Friday, May 22 at the Theatre On King at 159 King St, Peterborough. The party will take place at about 9:45pm, immediately following the regularly scheduled presentation of the short play Terror and Erebus at 9pm. Admission to Terror and Erebus, a puppetry work by Brad Brackenridge, is $10 or pay-what-you-can. Admission to the party is free.

Public Energy is pleased to announce that local artist Kate Story has been awarded the prestigious 2015 KM Hunter Award for Theatre. Story has a long affiliation with Public Energy and many of her performances have been presented by PE and developed with support from our “Fuelled By Public Energy” program. A central figure in the local professional theatre scene, Story received the prize to recognize that she is an artist who “is starting to make a significant mark in their field…and has demonstrated both talent and the potential for further development.”

Public Energy is also pleased to announce that we will present Story’s newest work, Performances May be Permanent, to kick off our 2015/2016 Season in September.

Kate Story is a writer, performer, director and choreographer originally from Newfoundland. She creates original performance works characterized by elements of dance, theatre and performance art, often multi-disciplinary collaborations with other artists. The strength of her work lies in her talents as writer and performer and choreographer. Blogger Annie Jaeger put it best when she wrote, “Using both voice and body language and her own distinctive scripts, she is one of those rare female actors who can deliver slapstick as easily as poetry with unaffected grace.”

Public Energy’s connection with Kate Story’s career in theatre and multi-disciplinary performance goes back to 1998 when PE presented her solo work Swallowed in the sixth Emergencyperformance festival.  Seventeen years later, Public Energy is proud to announce that its latest collaboration with Kate in September, 2015 will be a presentation of another solo work with music, a new version of her acclaimed work from 2011, Performances May Be Permanent.

Like SwallowedPerformances May Be Permanent is collaboration with a musician, pianist Bill Brennan. Brennan is a nationally recognized pianist whose credits include serving as musical director for such varied enterprises as Stuart MacLean’s Vinyl Café and choreographer Sarah Chase, with whom he appeared on a Public Energy program at the Market Hall in 2004. Story and Brennan will perform Performances May Be Permanent at the Market Hall for one night only, September 24th. Following this date, they will present the work at Neighborhood Dance Works, a national dance festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

For more information, see or call the Public Energy Office to inquire: 705-745-1788
Media contact: Bill Kimball, artistic producer — email:

Public Energy is a presenter and animator of contemporary dance, theatre, performance, and interdisciplinary work.  Their work is dedicated to supporting the creation, touring, and presentation of innovative contemporary performance arts, and to developing audiences that are knowledgeable and passionate.


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