Kathy Petrakis

Short biography

I was born and raised in Sydney Australia to Greek immigrant parents. I have always loved the performing arts – dancing, acting and singing but considered them merely hobbies turning to a ‘serious’ professional career or marketing for banks and insurance companies. Apart from entertaining friends with my disastrous (yet real) travel misadventures, I hadn’t really done any sort of creative writing since childhood.

After nearly twenty years in the corporate world,  I decided to live in London for an indeterminate amount of time. I do not know why but I found myself with a desire to rekindle my creative writing, the first novel burning in my head. Thus began the birth of the Dancers and Divas Series. It began as one book and has evolved as a trilogy. Since then, I have not been able to stop and have so many ideas constantly begging me to be written.

My first play production, Black Rainbow was born in Sydney – a full length play that I also directed and produced in Sydney in August 2014 and now has TV pilot script connected to it!

Within two weeks of the closing night of my play, I flew out to New York to focus on TV writing. With the encouragement of my teacher and mentor, and the desire to break into the TV industry, I then flew to LA until visa restrictions forced me home to Sydney.  TV writing is still my ultimate medium but I’m looking forward to my next play production and finishing the Dancers and Divas trilogy!
Regards Kathy