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Kate Hilliard

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Kate Hilliard


Contemporary Dance
Creative Performance Studies


  • MFA Creative Practice
  • BFA Art History


Kate Hilliard (she/her) is an artist, curator, and educator. Her performance research blends gestural movement language with improvisation, spoken word, writing, and digital media. Kate's performances have been commissioned and presented in Canada, the US, Mexico, Australia, and Germany. She is Artistic Director for Arts Orillia where she fosters creative residencies and programs for Canadian artists and audiences. Hilliard has taught at Toronto Metropolitan University since 2015. She studied Art History at The University of Toronto and holds an MFA from the University of Plymouth through the Transart Institute. 


January 2018: Else Foundation, performance and lecture presentation / Mexico City, Mexico

July 2019: choreographic research residency / Berlin, Germany

January 2019: creative research residency / NYC, NY

June 2019: Resident Choreographer, Springboard Professional Project / Montreal, QC

January 2020: "this happened…" Premiering at The Citadel + Compagnie’s Bright Nights Festival. 

  • A new work created and performed by Kate Hilliard with longtime collaborator Luke Garwood and graduates from The School of Performance: Lukas Malkowski, Miyeko Ferguson and Helin Gungoren. Collaborating sound and video design by Jeremy Mimnagh, and Light Design by Arun Srinivasan / Toronto, ON

July 2020: Artist’s book publication, "Core Sample: A Creative Practice"
October 2020: "You Belong to Me: Conversations Between Land and People".

  • A curatorial exhibit at Lakehead University created to provoke conversations related to land acquisition, decolonization and ecological change through the artistic projects of seven Ontario dance and visual artists / Orillia, ON