Kathryn Durst grew up in Peterborough, Ontario. She received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation at Sheridan College. In her third year she completed an internship at Pixar Animation Studios. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on storytelling in her art. She communicates these stories through many different mediums including visual art, puppetry, animation, and music. She loves performing with puppets because a puppet is able to engage with an audience in a unique way that an actor cannot. Kathryn also believes that art should foster community, and strives to collaborate with other artists in Toronto.
In 2015 she received the Metcalf Foundation performing arts grant to work for Clay & Paper Theatre, where she worked as an assistant artistic director, building and performing with giant puppets in public space. In 2014 Kathryn founded her own arts/theatre collective ‘Beetroot Collective’ where she is a director, puppet- maker, and musician.
She has performed at events such as Clay & Paper Theatre’s annual Day of Delight and Night of Dread festivals, Puppetmonger’s Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Day, Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony, Kosa Kolektiv’s winter folk fair, and many others.