Kate Cayley


Kate Cayley is a writer based in Toronto. She is the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and has co-created, written and directed eight plays with the company, most recently The Hanging of Fran├žoise Laurent. Her work with Stranger Theatre has been performed in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Chicago, New York City and Istanbul, Turkey. She is also the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, an event celebrating theatre, food and public space held in Toronto since 2004. Her poetry, short fiction and essays have appeared in a number of journals, including The Canadian Theatre Review, CV2, Descant, Event, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly and The Literary Review of Canada. Her novel for young adults, The Hangman in the Mirror, is published by Annick Press. She has been a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre since 2009, where her play After Akhmatova premiered as part of Tarragon’s 40th Anniversary Season. Her first collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, is published by Brick Books. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction, a second collection of poetry, and two new plays: The Bakelite Masterpiece, about art forgery and war crimes, and Student, about a teacher’s obsessive relationship with a damaged and violent young girl in her classroom.

Photo credit Cylla Von Tiedeman


Award Category Year Play
Shortlist, CBC Literary Award Poetry 2007
Finalist, Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award 2009
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Nomination for After Akhmatova 2011
Finalist, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for The Hangman in the Mirror 2012