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Cathy Lam-Patrie

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Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award in Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023.


Cathy Lam-Patrie (she/her/hers) is a pastor; a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary; the artistic director of Kairos Arts Development Company Limited, Hong Kong Ideation Arts Festival, and Let’s Be Together Arts Festival; and the founder of ThreeWoods Playwright. 

After she graduated from London School of Economics (MSc) and UC, Irvine (BA Honors), she joined Horizon Theatre Studio and received acting training there. She became the company manager of Theatre Horizon and was appointed as the Executive Manager of Theatre Horizon Company Limited in 2008-2011. She served as performer and producer of numerous Theatre Horizon productions including “Who Beat the Roaches in My House?” (starring), “Mysterious! The Snow White’s Backstage” (starring), “Rose and Rosa” (producer), “Hey God, Did You Drop Something?!” (starring), “Can’t Play Won’t Play” by Dario Fo (translator & starring),“Winds of Change” (chorus leader),“I AM HAPPY” (solo), “The Leftover” (playwright & executive director), “French Kiss” (producer, awarded as one of the most popular productions of the 21st Hong Kong Drama Awards).

In 2011, she was awarded the Emerging Artists Project Grant from Hong Kong Arts Development Council and established ThreeWoods Playwright. Then she created and produced numerous critically acclaimed shows including: “Revelation of Love”; “Every Little Thing”; “Bon Voyage”; “Shi Yī”; “The Curious Incident of a Little Girl” (Hong Kong & Guilin Station, in collaboration with Ma Chai Sand Art); “Solitaire” (in collaboration with Two Mouth Rice Dance); “The Immigration Lottery” (premiering at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, then showing in 2015 Hong Kong Umbrella Festival & 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival); “All About Ruby”; “Wither on the Vine”; “Light of Antarctica” (commissioned by Worldwide PAY IT FORWARD Campaign, premiering in Shanghai, later touring in Canada and Australia); “Smoking with Grandma” (premiering at Adelaide Fringe 2017 and returning in 2018, also showing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts​ 2017, and Twin-City International Arts Festival 2017). 

Her monologue “The Confession” premiered in London in 2015, and the script was selected and published as part of the collection entitled Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writings by British East Asian Artists by Oberon Books in January 2018. And she was invited to contribute articles for the IWF 2018 exhibition hosted by Kings College London. 

In 2018, she founded Let’s Be Together Festival (Hong Kong)—renamed Hong Kong Ideation Arts Festival in 2023—a platform providing young artists with free venue, technical, marketing, and spiritual support. It has been sending and presenting young artists to international festivals in Taiwan, Australia, Japan, and the UK.


In 2023, she started a new project to help young artists develop new work and provide opportunities for them to perform their debut work outside of Hong Kong. And that’s why she and her mentee created “A Funeral for my Friend who is Still Alive”. The show was well received by Edinburgh Festival Fringe, earning them the Fringe First Award.

She resides in Los Angeles, California with her family.

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