Katie Rudd

Katie grew up in New Plymouth, with her dance training beginning at the Lynn Gilbert-Smith Dance Studio. Katie commenced her formal training at NZSD in 2011, and graduated as a contemporary major in 2013. During her studies she worked with a number of guest tutors and choreographers and enjoyed performing in the World of Wearable Art, The Body Festival and Tempo Dance Festival. As part of NZSD’s Choreographic Season, Katie choreographed her first short work titled Mark and performed in New Caledonia at Festival du Mont Dore in a new creation by Thierry Bain in collaboration with Compagnie MAADO.

Katie made her professional debut with The New Zealand Dance Company in 2014 in Rotunda at the Holland Dance Festival, followed by a national tour of Language of Living. 2015 began with an Australasian tour of Rotunda and included the Lumina premiere season, followed by tours to Holland and Germany. In 2016, Katie performed in the premiere of The Absurdity of Humanity and Trolleys as she began working with the company as a fulltime dancer. In 2017 she performed with NZDC in the premiere of Kiss The Sky in Auckland and on a national tour of The Absurdity of Humanity. In 2018, Katie performed in the premiere of OrphEus – a dance Opera by Michael Parmenter and toured nationally as well as internationally with the Company. 2019 is Katie’s sixth year with the NZDC and has seen her tour New Zealand in Kiss The Sky and premiere Matariki for Tamariki.

(Photo by John McDermott; Kiss The Sky campaign image)