Responsive Research Program Resident 2006 and 2011
A graduate of W.A.A.P.A, Kay Amstrong has worked professionally as a performer and choreographer in theatre, film, television, corporate theatre and street theatre for the last 25 years. Kay was awarded the prestigious Robert Helpmann Scholarship in 2004 and in 2013 she was awarded the national Ausdance Peggy Van Praagh Fellowship for established artists.
Between 2007- 2012 Kay devoted her career to the development of Sydney’s emerging dance sector. She was Artistic Director of 2 youth companies pulse8 (2007+2008) and youMove (2009 – 2012). In the wake of resigning from youMove and the company folding Kay has been prolific, re-investing in her practise by working across several sectors and in a variety of lead directorial and management roles, as well continuing her choreographic and performance development. Since 2013 Kay has produced two new solo works (100th Monkey, AN HOUR WITH KAY Old 505 Theatre Freshworks), several performance projects with disability service provider Sunnyfield (Momentum AGNSW, The Many Me’s Rockdale Council, Transformational Stare Fest), Guest choreographer (Vivid Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival Platform Shots, Catalyst national dance residency, Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year), artist residencies (Dance Sites, Readymade Moving Ideas Solo Residency , Sydney University Centre for Performance Studies, Q Lab Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre) and working with young people (lead artist for Extraordinary/ Ordinary, a video art project through Campbelltown Arts Centre and special needs students of Mater Dei High School, Flannofest The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre annual youth arts festival).
She hit the ground running in 2016 letting her alter ego Bike welcome in the New Year at the Short and Sweet Cabaret Festival with guest M.Cing role and a solo performance in that got her a place in the festival grand finals. She also worked with the emerging artists at Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year for two weeks.
Recently Kay was invited to take the role of Artistic Director for Waste Not. Partnered by AusdanceNSW, Penrith City Council and E.P.A Waste Management Unwasted is a six month community engagement program that culminates in a one-day festival for World Environment Day.
Kay will be returning to Sydney Street Choir to make a new work Blue Skies, and creating a movement piece for the guest choir at the gala of Short and Sweet Voices.