Kathy Allen trained as a theatre artist and spent many years working in the theatre while maintaining a small visual arts practice. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries and craft shows throughout Saskatchewan. In the late 80’s she became enamoured with making encaustic paintings and regularly participated in the Sundog Handcraft Faire. Ms. Allen was a founding member of 25th St. Theatre’s Women’s Festival; she created the Art Bra Project for the festival in 2004. She took a decade long hiatus from creating to pursue a career in arts funding administration. Since reviving her practice her sculptures have been exhibited at Nuit Blanche Saskatoon (2014 and 2015), in the Sask Playa Odditorium Cabinet of Curiosities at the 2015 Burning Man Festival, and in Remix (a show and sale of upcycled furniture and artifacts). She launched her first solo exhibit, Infinite Places, in Saskatoon at SCYAP Gallery (253 – 3rd Ave S) in May of 2016.
Highlights of her theatrical career include Directing the Canadian Premier of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (New Theatre Co-op); Stage Manager of Z (25th St Theatre); ASM for The Hobbit (Globe Theatre); ASM/Props/Rosaline for the acclaimed bilingual production of Romeo et Juliet (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival), and teaching theatre and art workshops to thousands of students. Ms. Allen was fortunate to direct Bushman for the first annual Short Cuts (Hardly Art’s ten minute play festival) in 2013. In 2015 she had the privilege of directing her daughter Lauren in two musical theatre cabarets: Women of Broadway and It’s Complicated: A Stephen Sondheim Cabaret.
Ms. Allen’s artwork is available for purchase in Saskatoon at The Whimsy Store (417 33rd St W).