Bee in my Beanie is a collection of 'third culture kids' who have lived all over the world (France, Switzerland, Israel, Scotland, England), they instantly bonded in their love of theatre, internationalism and creativity!
Bee in my Beanie have a dedication to improving the visibility of women in Theatre, and specifically in the wonderful world of Puppetry! Along with their team and associates they seek to develop a universality in Theatre by using mediums such as puppetry, collaborative devising and tackling themes that affect people of any culture.
Katherine is a freelance Director and Puppet maker. She is the Associate Director for Shasha and Taylor Productions, worked with Actors of Dionysus as Assistant Director, in Costume design at Wycombe Abbey School and in an administrative role at Clean Break Theatre Company.
She holds a BSc in Psychology from Lancaster University and an MA in Directing from Guildford School of Acting where she received the Max Adrian award for her dissertation on rituals in puppetry.
Having grown up in over 4 countries, Katherine is driven by the power of story telling to bring people together. With a passion for Puppetry, she and Tess combine their unique skillset to foster collaborative devising and to produce Theatre that crosses boundaries.
Tess has a BA in English Literature and Film from the University of Reading, before that she spent a year in New York training in HB studio and The Upright Citizens Brigade. Tess was a performer and the Assistant Director in Sue MacClaine's 'Vessel' at the Battersea Arts Centre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She holds an MA in Creative Practices and Direction, from the Guildford School of Acting where she met Katherine and discovered her love for visual storytelling, the absurd and the surreal.
Coming from a country dominated by conflict and division Tess sets out to create a universal performance language through interdisciplinary practice and visual storytelling, she believes that laughter is universal and silliness can bridge difference.
Erin Caitlin Karn
Erin produced and stage managed the sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2018 debut of Alfred Hitchcock’s Writers’ Room, following the success of my directing debut for my own adaptation an Oscar Wilde’s classic, The Importance of Being Frank, which was also a sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. In January 2019 was a writer for Bee in my Beanie's 4 star scratch theatre night, I'm Sorry But..; a show exploring women's anger, from the mundane to the profane.
At the University of Reading I was the Secretary (2017-18) and President (2018-19) of Reading University Drama Society. During these two years I worked collaboratively to set up an annual Arts Showcase, which included arts societies across campus performing to raise money for a local charity, The Ollie Young Foundation. In January 2019 we launched the first ever Rough Sketch Writing Festival; this ran for two nights and showcased the new writing talent from students at Reading.
I have recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, where I was working as a production team member for Baby Wants Candy (The Completely Improvise Musical). Whilst a stage hand and flyerer for both of their shows, I was also a dresser on their show Thrones! The Musical Parody.She is currently an Associate producer for Baby Wants Candy.
Alexandra is an actor, movement director and artist based in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Having met Katherine and Tess whilst studying at the Guildford School of Acting, Alexandra has been delighted to have since earnt her wings, donned her beanie hat and danced straight into the playful heart of Bee In My Beanie.
With a passion for fairytales, folk-lore and story-telling, Alexandra has worked with Bee In My Beanie as a movement director and actor on their puppetry laden Aamira and Gad and their new writing forums. She presented her own piece, ‘Impatience’ for their ‘Sex, Relationships and Everything In-Between’ scratch night - a blending of movement and language for which she originally placed third in the GSA Gillian Lynne Choreography Competition 2018. Alongside this she has also developed strong bonds with companies closer to home in sunny Suffolk, including tusk., The Keeper’s Daughter and INK Festival.
As a fine artist, Alexandra works with as many materials as she can get her hands on - acrylics, charcoal, watercolour, pen, pencil, papier-mâché, tissue paper, sweet wrappers, silver foil, fabric, glitter, ribbon, nail varnish, dead flowers, seeds... you name it, she’s probably stuck it on a canvas.
With a strong belief in the magic of theatre, imagination and collaboration, Alexandra looks eagerly forward to a bright Bee In My Beanie future