Kat Francois is a performance artist, poet, actor, playwright, director, youth and adult workshop facilitator, and comedian. Kat was the first person to win a televised poetry slam in the UK, on BBC3 in 2004, and a year later went on to win the World Slam Poetry Championships in Rotterdam. As a playwright, Kat has written and performed two solo plays, SEVEN TIMES ME, RAISING LAZARUS, and two comedy shows, KAT’S GOT YOUR TONGUE and THE KAT FRANCOIS COMEDY SHOW, which received a 5 star review at the Camden Fringe Festival.
Kat has worked with young people for many years, as a youth worker, PHSE Facilitator, also teaching dance, drama, poetry and performance skills. Kat was recently invited to host workshops for international students and teachers at Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, exploring the legacy of Anne Frank and its relation to current themes of migration and conflict.
Kat is an established director of youth theatre, devising plays for theatres including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Roundhouse Camden, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, as well as performances at Arcola Theatre, and Camp Bestival. She runs her own young people’s poetry collective, developing writing and poetic theatre on themes such as mental health and identity. In 2015 Kat was invited as the only non-African spoken word artist to perform at POETRY AFRICA in Durban. In 2017, Artswork invited Kat as a keynote speaker at their annual conference. Kat continues to perform internationally.