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Educator. Scholar. Violence and Intimacy Designer. Director. Actor.



Kate Published in Theatre Topics

Kate's most recent article, "De-Roling and Debriefing: Essential Aftercare for Educational Theatre," is now available in Theatre Topics! Academic library access is available through the link above. For the manuscript version, click here or scroll down!

Kate appointed as Assistant Professor of Movement and Stage Combat at the University of Oklahoma

Kate is thrilled to announce that she is the incoming Assistant Professor of Movement and Stage Combat at the University of Oklahoma! She is looking forward to beginning as a full time faculty member in Fall 2021.

Kate Serves as First Conference Intimacy Consultant for the Great Plains Theatre Conference

Kate is ecstatic to be serving as the Conference Intimacy Consultant for the Great Plains Theatre Conference! Not only will she be directly working with four of the productions, but she will also be working with the GPTC team on implementing policy and best practices to move GPTC forward. Learn more about the conference here

Kate Guest on "Traumaturgy" Podcast

Kate appeared on the podcast "Traumaturgy" to discuss theatrical intimacy, training during the pandemic, and certification in intimacy work. Check it out here!

Kate Guest on "5 Minutes to Places" Podcast

Kate appeared on the new podcast 5 Minutes to Places to talk about all things intimacy! Check out the conversation here

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Teacher. Scholar. Artist.

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Kate is the founder of Heartland Intimacy Design & Training, an intimacy training company which offers academic, accessible, and affordable intimacy training entirely online. She has taught several workshops on staging intimacy, as well as designing intimacy for several productions. Her specific area of expertise is staging sexual trauma and assault and how to assist actors in leaving these moments behind in the theatre. Recently, Kate designed the intimacy for the world premiere production of Gertrude and Claudius by Mark St. Germain at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Kate is currently the Assistant Professor of Movement and Stage Combat at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Missouri in 2019. Kate has two research agendas: theatrical violence and theatrical intimacy. Her dissertation, "Killing 'Woman': Gender and Violence in Selected Works by Sheila Callaghan and Marisa Wegrzyn," examined how performances of violence committed by the characters within Callaghan's and Wegrzyn's works challenge heteronormative notions of gender.  

Kate is an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) with certifications in unarmed combat, rapier & dagger, quarterstaff, single sword, broadsword, broadsword and shield, knife, and theatrical firearms safety. She is also a member of the Association of Movement Theatre Educators (ATME), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Kate is also a director, primarily directing new student-written work, play reading festivals, and regional semi-professional theatre. She is an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) with the Actors Equity Association (AEA).

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