Katy Alexander Manager, Digital Culture Programs, Creative Australia
Katy Alexander is Manager of Digital Culture Programs at the Australia Council for the Arts (soon to be Creative Australia). With over two decades of creative and management experience in the arts, media and entertainment industries, Katy specialises in creating new experiences for audiences through the innovative use of new media technologies and new digital pathways for organisations, artists and industry.
Katy’s PhD (UNSW) explored the use of new media technologies in live performance. In 2020, Katy directed the multimedia production Ghost Lights, devised with Stephen Sewell and filmed in theatres gone dark across Sydney, for NIDA’s Digital Theatre Festival. Katy has collaborated with Heckler on large-scale international multimedia performances, including WCOA Sydney, combining dancers from Legs on the Wall with large-scale projection at the ICC Theatre, and the Huawei Broadband Conference in Frankfurt. She has created digital content for Sydney Opera House, ABC iview and Imagination.
Katy founded Night Parrot Productions, a multidisciplinary ensemble of creative practitioners, exploring relationships between live performance, new media and architecture. Productions range from Alter Ego, for Vivid Sydney, to collaboration with CalArts (Los Angeles), where Katy directed Things That Go Bump in the Night. She was Associate Artist on Elements of Oz by renowned US multimedia theatre company The Builders Association and was researcher in residence with Robert Lepage & Ex Machina.
In her early career, Katy was a founder of IF: inside film magazine, working to create and launch the independent publication. She was Entertainment Research Manager for Nielsen EDI and Audience Development Manager for M&GNSW, working with regional museums & galleries and the Biennale of Sydney.
Katy has created tailored lectures and workshops in Storytelling with New Media Technologies and Video & New Media Design for Live Performance, lecturing, speaking and mentoring at NIDA, UNSW, AIM and UTS Animal Logic Academy.