Kate Heffernan is a Laois-based writer and theatre artist. Her first play, In Dog Years I’m Dead (directed by Maisie Lee) was a winner of the 2013 Stewart Parker Trust Emerging Playwright Award. Peat, her first play for children (directed by Tim Crouch), was commissioned and produced by The Ark in 2019. In 2014, with director Maisie Lee, she was theatre artist-in-residence at Dunamaise Arts Centre, where she wrote and produced Hometroots, a series of short radio plays with, for and about the people of Laois.
She is the recent recipient of an Abbey Theatre Commemoration Bursary, through which she is developing a play about siblings and loss, and a story of war from the perspective of children. Kate was an Arts Council Next Generation Artist for 2017, during which time she worked on a number of texts for performance, with the support of Mermaid Arts Centre. One of these, Guest Host Stranger Ghost, is currently in development (currently on pause, due to the restrictions placed on live performance during the Covid-19 pandemic). An Associate Artist and close collaborator with Theatre Lovett, she is also the writer and designer of their acclaimed show programme series for young audiences.