University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Theatre


Faculty - Kathleen Gough

Katie Gough

Katie Gough, Assistant Professor of Theatre and resident dramaturge

Contact Information
Email: Katie Gough
Phone: 802-656-0086
Office: Room 301, Royall Tyler Theatre

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:15-12:15, or by appointment

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 cultural and political intersection 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.

Working at the intersection of performance, sound and visual studies, Katie’s current research is an investigation into the interrelations of gender, technology and spirituality at three moments of seismic technological change (the late Middle Ages, the fin de siècle, and the early digital age) in order to consider patterns of behavior that emerge when thinking across, with, and alongside old and new media. She is also writing and devising Coracles, Castanets, Cadaques – a surrealistic autobiographical performance which takes place in those spaces where medieval and digital culture intersect.

In addition to Kinship and Performance, Katie has published in Modern Drama, Performance Research, TDR: The Drama Review, Text and Presentation, and Screen. She has also contributed several essays to edited volumes, to The Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Drama, and to the forthcoming Cultural History of Theatre. For CV and full text of selected publications go to: