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



Kate Published in Theatre/Practice

Kate's article, "Windows into Revolutionary Recovery: Check-Ins, De-Roling, and Debriefing Practices for Rehearsal and Performance," is now available in Theatre/Practice! Access is available through the link above. For the manuscript version, click here or scroll down!

Kate Published in Journal for Dramatic Theory and Criticism

Kate's article, "The Ethics of Care in Pedagogy and Performance: Intersections with Disability Justice, Intimacy Work, and Theatre of the Oppressed" is now available in Theatre Topics! Academic library access is available through the link above. 

Kate directed The Drowning Girls at OU School of Drama

Kate has recently completed directing The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Charlie Thomlinson, and Daniela Vlaskalic at the Gilson Lab Theatre at the University of Oklahoma. 

Kate Guest on "THED Talks" Podcast

Kate appeared on the podcast "THED Talks" to discuss theatrical intimacy and ways to advocate for students in higher education. Check it out here!

Kate Guest on "Beckett's Babies" Podcast

Kate appeared on the podcast "Beckett's Babies" to discuss how intimacy work can be valuable in the new play development process. Check it out here or on the Podcast Playlist further down the page. 

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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. 

Kate is the Assistant Professor of Movement, Intimacy, and Violence 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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