Katie Gough received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California-Berkeley (2005). Prior to coming to UVM, she taught in the American Conservatory Theatre MFA program in San Francisco (2005), the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at UC-Berkeley (2005), and in the School of Culture and Creative Art at the University of Glasgow in Scotland (2006-2014). In 2008, Katie was a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Irish Studies, and taught in the Department of History at Concordia University in Montreal.
A performance theorist, historian and dramaturge, in 2011 Katie was awarded a UK Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship during which time she wrote Kinship and Performance in the Black and Green Atlantic: Haptic Allegories (Routledge 2013). The book is a comparative feminist study of performance, and examines the cultural and political intersections of African-American and Irish artists, activists and movements in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2014 Kinship and Performance won the Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship in African American Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies from the American Society for Theatre Research.
Currently, Kate is at work on a new book project that utilizes sound theory, visual studies and performance theory in order to explore the interrelationships between the late Middle Ages, the fin de siècle, and the early digital age. These three moments of seismic technological change and the patterns of behavior they engender provide the grounds for a new theory of writing theatre historiography. Katie is also writing and devising Coracles, Castanets, Cadaqués – a surrealistic autobiographical performance that explores looping, synesthesia and storytelling. There will be a public staged reading/performance at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Summer 2017 made possible through a Summer Research Award from the UVM Humanities Center & OVPR, and through a Vermont Artist Space Grant from the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.