Born and raised in Johannesburg, Catherine Henegan’s work revolves around performance, film and music. After graduating from Wits Drama school in 1992, she spent the remainder of the 1990s in Johannesburg working as a performer, designer and art director for television, including several productions at The Market Theatre and Market Theatre Laboratory.
In 2000 she graduated from DasArts (The Amsterdam School for Advanced Research in Theatre Studies) and has been based in the Amsterdam since then. In 2004 she founded THE GLASSHOUSE an inter-disciplinary theater collective with writer and director Kees Roorda. As an artistic partner for The Glasshouse she has designed & directed a number of works including AFRIKAAPS which premiered at the ABSA KKNK and the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town in April 2010. The production was critically accalimed in the South African press, and was nominated for 3 Kanna awards at the ABSA KKNK 2010, and won 2 Kyknet Fiesta Awards for best Music Driven Production and Moenier Adams for best upcoming professional artist for his performance in AFRIKAAPS. The production also went on to win the Wijkjury Prize in Amsterdam for best production of the theater season 2011-12 as a result of their Dutch tour in 2011 . The documentary film AFRIKAAPS directed by Dylan Valley (produced by Plexus Films & Catherine Henegan/The Glasshouse ) has also received widespread international exposure and recognition and has won several awards including Best Documentary film at The Cape Winelands Film Festival & Babel Festival in Sardinia, Italy.
The Afro Galactic Dream Factory is Henegan’s latest music production featuring an eclectic mix of artists including Jimmy wordsworth Rage, Masello Motana, Bliksemstraal, Mr Sakitumi & the Grrrl, The Mafrica Mbubs singers, Lee Thomson on trumpet and Ross mcDonald on trombone. The Afro Galactic Dream Factory is an ongoing performance project and music laboratory, which has been described as ‘supremely fresh’ and ‘a sophisticated elegant highly theatrical form to address the pertinent issues of identity, migration and diaspora.’ The first edition of the Afro Galactic Dream factory was made possible by The Glasshouse (sponsored by Fonds Podium Kunsten Nederland and Gemeente Amsterdam)
Besides Catherine’s Theater Productions & Performances she has made several Short Films, and collaborates with visual artists, musicians , filmmakers and has a long history in the field of Set & Costume Design (click on the links for more info)