"Since putting on her dancing shoes at age three, performer Kirsty Hillhouse has mastered the realms of physical theatre, choreography, stunt coordination, classical singing, plus worked with a swathe of theatre companies and television productions. It’s no wonder she has been described as a ‘female renaissance man’."
Kirsty Hillhouse has an extensive career in performance making and arts management spanning over 25 years. She has worked on over 80 productions nationally and internationally embracing both stage and screen performance. She works as a dramaturg, director, performer, movement designer, producer and artistic director.
She has worked with Flagship institutions such as the Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth International Arts Festival, and Physical Theatre Company Legs on The Wall, who won the Sidney Myer Award. She has been nominated for Best Actress at the Equity Guild Awards for her performance in Love for Deckchair Theatre Company, Twelfth Night for Deckchair Theatre Company, and The Return for Perth Theatre Company. She represented Australia in New Performance at the Istropolitana Projekt in Brataslava, and has a passion for the development of new work and new form. She has an enviable reputation as a dramaturg after 15 years working with theatre companies, independent works, Playwriting Australia and Stages Playwrights Consortium. Her screen acting work includes seasons of The Circuit (SBS / Media World Pictures) for which the Ensemble won an Outstanding Achievement Award at the WA Screen Awards, Cloud Street and other prime time TV dramas for the ABC and the Nine Network.
Kirsty currently works a Development Manager at Red Stitch Theatre Company. She has been a board member of Deckchair Theatre Company and Stages; a Peer Assessor for the Department of Culture and the Arts (WA); and assisted the Australia Council with the development of the Youth Framework. She received a Post Graduate SEED Scholarship to create strategies to develop innovative Youth Theatre and a second scholarship for her PHD research into Cultural Studies and Philosophy. Before moving to Victoria she was the Artistic Director of the WA Youth Theatre Company.