Theatre Director and Producer



Watch Katharine, it takes real talent to draw such mature and crisp performances out of young actors, she’s going to go far
— Alan Rickman
Craig Sugden

Craig Sugden


Katharine Farmer

Katharine is a theatre director based in London and runs Blue Touch Paper Productions.

She holds an O-1 visa and frequently works in Los Angeles. Her production of ‘Gulf View Drive’ won Best Production of a Play (large theatre) at the LA Ovation Awards in 2018.

Three of Katharine’s plays are available for download on Digital Theatre and Digital Theatre Plus.

Katharine’s direction has also been acknowledged with two Best Director Ovation nominations and an Indy Award for Best Direction of ‘Last Train to Nibroc’ and five L.A. Times Critic’s Picks.

Directing credits include:
Other People’s Money by Jerry Sterner (2019, Southwark Playhouse); Heisenberg by Simon Stephens (2019, Laguna Playhouse and Rubicon Theatre Company); South Pacific by Rogers and Hammerstein (2018, Rubicon Theatre Company); Kiss Me by Richard Bean (2018, Wardrobe Theatre, BOVTS); Silent Meat by David Levelsey (Head First's Love, Sex and Death Festival, Pleasance, London); Incognito by Nick Payne (2017, Rubicon Theatre Company); Last Train to Nibroc (2017, Bermuda Festival); Gulf View Drive by Arlene Hutton (2017, Rubicon Theatre Company); 23.5 Hours by Carey Crim (2016, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Co-Director); See Rock City by Arlene Hutton (2016, Rubicon Theatre Company); Pig Farm by Greg Kotis (2015, St. James Theatre, London); an adaptation ofThe Importance of Being Earnest (2015, Dominion Theatre) which raised £155,000 for the Duchenne Medical Research Fund; Glamping by Carey Crim (2015, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival); Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton (2015, Rubicon Theatre Company); 23.5 Hours (2013, St. James Theatre Studio); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee (WSAF, University of Warwick); Look Back in Anger by John Osborne (2012, WUDS, Loft Theatre).

Assistant Director credits include: 
The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance at Bristol Old Vic (dir. Lee Lyford); Dracula by Liz Lochead at Loco Klub (dir. John Walton); Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Clywd (dir. Zoe Waterman); Lonesome Traveler by James O'Neil (2015, dir. James O'Neil, 59E59 Theater); The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown (dir. Stephanie Coltrin); Wiesenthal by Tom Dugan (dir. Jenny Sullivan); Conviction by Carey Crim (dir. Steven Schwartz/Katie Lindsay); Scenes from a Marriage (dir. Sir Trevor Nunn).

Katharine is a graduate of the University of Warwick and the Directing Drama MA at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Awards and Recognition

Gulf View Drive - 2017:
Ovation Award winner for Best Production of a Play (large theatre)
Ovation Award nomination for Best Director of a Play (Large Theatre)
Ovation Award nominations for Best Actress (Lily Nicksay), Best Actor (Erik Odom) , Best Supporting Actress (Sharon Sharth and Faline England), Best Lighting (Mike Billings), Best Sound Design (Austin Quan), Best Lighting Design (Mike Billings) and Best Costume Design (Marcy Froehlich)

See Rock City - 2016:
Ovation Award win for Best Actress (Lily Nicksay)
Ovation Award nomination for Best Director of a Play (Large Theatre)
Ovation Award nominations for Best Actor (Erik Odom) , Best Supporting Actress (Sharon Sharth), Best Lighting (Mike Billings), and Best Set Design (Mike Billings)
Scenie Award for Outstanding Direction
5 further Scenie Awards including Outstanding Production (Comedy-Drama in a Large Theatre)

Last Train to Nibroc - 2015:
Santa Barbara Independent Award (Indy Award) for Direction
Three Ovation Award nominations including Best Production of a Play (Large Theatre)

Pig Farm - 2015:
Long-listed for Best New Comedy and Best Director at the Olivier Awards