Born in New Jersey, Lally Katz lived briefly in Miami before her family moved to Australia when she was aged nine. She graduated from the University of Melbourne's Victoria College of Art in 2000.
A core member of Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre, she is a prolific writer for the stage, beginning in 2000 with Dead Girls are Fantastic and Tabitha to Saturn: the former was produced by Elena Vereker and Janice Mueller for NMIT Theatre, Melbourne, and the latter was produced by Katz and directed by Melinda Hetzel for Guild Theatre, University of Melbourne. Her first major success was The Black Swan of Trespass (2003), based on the Ern Malley affair, which earned her awards for Excellence in Writing and Best Theatre Production from the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and the Producer's Choice Award from the New York International Fringe Festival. Her 2004 play, The Eisteddfod, won the awards for Excellence in Direction and Producer's Choice at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival. Her 2009 play, Goodbye Vaudeville, Charlie Mudd, won the State Library of Victoria's Louis Esson Prize for Drama, which she won again in 2012 for A Golem Story.
In addition to some twenty playscripts, Katz has written occasional episodes of television (including for young-adult fantasy series The Elephant Princess and adult fantasy-romance Spirited), as well as regularly scripting short films, including IngridSits Holding a Knife (2006, directed by Charlotte George), The Apocalypse Bear: Beyond the Sea (2009, directed by Nicholas Verso), and Greg's First Day (2012, directed by Scott Otto Anderson).
'John Marsden and Shaun Tan's haunting picture book tells a story we all know: a story of colonisation, civilisation and progress — a story about displacement, destruction and culture clash. And in that landscape, it tells a story of hope taking root.
'It's a story for young people, it's a story for old people, it's a story for all of us.
'Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have assembled some of Australia's foremost creative talents to collaborate on a new opera for children and families.
Gabriela Tylesova's kooky sets and costumes realise Tan's pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz has turned Marsden's spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. To write the score, Kate Miller Heidke: the butterfly-voiced, classically-trained indie-pop singer who is as at home on the charts as she is performing at the Met. As well as composing The Rabbits, Kate will perform in this production.' (Production summary)
Stories I Want to Tell You in Person2013single work drama 'For more than a decade, playwright Lally Katz has been one of Australia’s foremost fabulists, trekking off to the furthest coasts of the imagination and returning with her findings. Now she introduces to the stage one of her most unexpected subjects: herself. She might be alone on the stage but she’s far from lonely, bringing with her a cast of characters — from fortune tellers to mystics to Mississippi Evangelicals — encountered on the quest to cure her curses. Known for delving into fantasy, this writer proves art imitates life.' Source: www.malthousetheatre.com.au/ (Sighted 18/05/2012.