AKL Catherine Downes

Catherine DownesFeatured Popular

Soft Sell, Narrative, Mature, Smooth


FEATURE FILM

1996The Intruder, 'Mother'
Dir. Andrea Bosshard
1981Monkey Grip, 'Eve'
Pavilion Films, Dir. Ken Cameron
1981Winter of our Dreams, 'Gretel'
Australian Film Commission, Dir. John Duigan

TELEVISION

2015 Filthy Rich, 'Ginny'
Filthy Productions, Various directors
2005 Shortland Street, 'Eileen Horrocks'
South Pacific Pictures, Various directors

1996Coverstory, 'Prison Warder'
Gibson Group, Various directors
1993Joyful & Triumphant, 'Brenda'
Unknown Production Company
1990Ray Bradbury Theatre, 'Guest'
South Pacific Pictures, Various directors
1985Seekers, 'Guest Lead'
TVNZ
1983Hunger (tele-feature), 'Sue Saunders'
ABC, Dir. Stephen Wallace
1982Warterloo Station, 'Lead'
Grundy
1981The Late Show, 'Katherine Mansfield'
TVNZ 
1980Case of Katherine Mansfield, 'Katherine'
TVNZ

THEATRE INCLUDES

2016 Joyful & Triumphant, 'Alice Warner'
Circa Theatre, dir. Ross Jolly
2016 Last Legs, 'Helena'
Circa Theatre, dir. Ross Jolly
2014 Girl In Tan Boots, 'Mum'
Basement Theatre, Dir. Janice Finn
2014 Other Desert Cities, 'Polly'
Circa Theatre, Dir. Ross Jolly
2014 The Pitman Painters, 'Helen Sutherland'
Circa Theatre, Dir. Ross Jolly
2013 Talking of Katherine Mansfield, 'Katherine Mansfield'
NZ / Asia tours
2013 Tribes, 'Mum'
Fortune Theatre, Dir. Lara Macgregor
2012 A Shortcut to Happiness, 'Janet'
Circa Theatre / Auckland Theatre Company
2012 The Year of Magical Thinking, 'Joan Didion'
Circa Theatre, Dir. Susan Wilson
2012 Talking of Katherine Mansfield, 'Katherine Mansfield'
Ubud Festival
2011 Calendar Girls, 'Various'
Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Colin McColl
2011 A Shortcut to Happiness, 'Janet'
Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Alison Quigan
2010 Romeo & Juliet, 'Lady Montague'
Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Willem Wassenaar
2010 Four Flat Whites in Italy, 'Alison'
Centrepoint Theatre, Dir. Geoff Kingsford Brown
2009 Collasping Creation, 'Emma Darwin'
Conditional Productions, David O'Donell*
2009 Four Flat Whites in Italy, 'Alison'
Circa Theatre, Dir. Ross Jolly

2003Vincent Brixton, 'Ursula'
Court Theatre, Dir. Sue Rider
2001The Cherry Orchard, 'Ranyevskaia'
Court Theatre, Dir. Colin McColl
1997Julius Caesar, 'Marcus Anthonia'
Circa Theatre, Dir. Philip Mann
1995Falling from Grace, ''Suzannah'
Downstage Theatre, Dir. Jean Betts
1994The Glass Mermaid, 'Sara'
Melbourne, Dir. Aubrey Mellor
1993Farewell Speech, 'Kate Sheppard'
NZ tour
1992Joyful & Triumphant, 'Brenda'
NZ & Australian tour, Dir. Susan Wilson
1991The Three Sisters, 'Olga'
Dir. James Beaumont
1991Songs to Uncle Scrim, 'Chorus'
Circa Theatre Musical
1990Serious Money, 'Jacinta'
Downstage Theatre, Dir. Murray Lynch
1990Macbeth, 'Lady Macbeth'
Downstage Theatre, Dir. Colin McColl
1990The Secret Rapture, 'Isobel'
Circa Theatre, Dir. James Beaumont
1989Othello, 'Emelia'
Downstage Theatre
1989A Streetcar Named Desire, 'Blanche'
Court Theatre
79-88Case of Katherine Mansfield, 'Katherine'
NZ tour

SHORT FILM

2008Shades of Gray, 'Mother'
Raw Films

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TELEVISION

2015 Filthy Rich, 'Ginny'
Filthy Productions, Various directors
2005 Shortland Street, 'Eileen Horrocks'
South Pacific Pictures, Various directors

THEATRE INCLUDES

2016 Joyful & Triumphant, 'Alice Warner'
Circa Theatre, dir. Ross Jolly
2016 Last Legs, 'Helena'
Circa Theatre, dir. Ross Jolly
2014 Other Desert Cities, 'Polly'
Circa Theatre, Dir. Ross Jolly
2013 Talking of Katherine Mansfield, 'Katherine Mansfield'
NZ / Asia tours
2012 A Shortcut to Happiness, 'Janet'
Circa Theatre / Auckland Theatre Company
2012 The Year of Magical Thinking, 'Joan Didion'
Circa Theatre, Dir. Susan Wilson
2010 Romeo & Juliet, 'Lady Montague'
Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Willem Wassenaar
2010 Four Flat Whites in Italy, 'Alison'
Centrepoint Theatre, Dir. Geoff Kingsford Brown
2009 Collasping Creation, 'Emma Darwin'
Conditional Productions, David O'Donell*
2009 Four Flat Whites in Italy, 'Alison'
Circa Theatre, Dir. Ross Jolly

2005Lady Windermere's Fan, 'Mrs Erlynne'
Court Theatre, Dir. Yvonne Martin

SHORT FILM

2008Shades of Gray, 'Mother'
Raw Films

Biography

Catherine's professional career has traversed more than three decades in theatre, film and television on both sides of the Tasman as an Actor, Director, Playwright and Artistic Director.

Having voiced a myriad of  jobs during her career, including film and TV documentaries, she was the voice of 'Saturn' telephone company for several years.

While in her 20's, Catherine developed her acclaimed One Woman Play “The Case Of Katherine Mansfield” winning awards in Britain, NZ and Australia. She was also named in National Radio’s Millennium “Golden Kiwi” series as one of NZ’s finest theatrical talents and heralded a ‘theatre alchemist’.

From 1999-2005 she was the Artistic Director of The Court Theatre in Christchurch and from 2006 – 2008 Director of Downstage Theatre in Wellington.

She is a Member Of The NZ Order Of Merit for her services to the Arts.

LANGUAGES

Dutch (Flemish), French

ACCENTS

American (standard), Boston, Bronx, Mid-Western, New York, Southern American, Australian, British, Birmingham, Cockney, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, RP, Scottish, Yorkshire, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Irish, Indian, Maori, Polynesian, Samoan

Additional Characteristics

Documentary, Warm

Skills

  • Artist
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Body Surfing
  • Cycling
  • Director
  • Full Licence
  • Fishing
  • Horse Jumping
  • Hula Hoop
  • Full Motorcycle Licence
  • Piano
  • Netball
  • Presenter
  • Roller Skating
  • Singer
  • Mezzo Soprano
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Theatre Sports
  • Voice Artist
  • Writer

Notes:

Directing work includes 'Good Works', 'The Sisters Rozensweig', 'Shortland Street', 'Sweet Nothin's', 'A Long Undressing', 'Market Forces', 'Social Climbers', 'Purapurawhetu', 'Waking Eve' in Wellington, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney & London. Writing experience includes 'Farewell Speech', 'Sweet Corn', 'The Case of Katherine Mansfield'. Voice work for radio dramas, commercials & documentaries. In-house videos.