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 her recently published book, Kinship and Performance in the Black and Green Atlantic: Haptic Allegories (Routledge 2013; The book is a comparative study of performance in trans-national, intercultural relation, and examines cultural and political intersection of African 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 project investigating the relationships between medieval and digital performance and culture in order to consider patterns of behavior that emerge when thinking across, with, and alongside old and new media. Most recently she has given talks on this research in the Department of Theatre, Media and Culture at the University of Cologne, Germany (2013), the International Federation of Theatre Research conference in Barcelona, Spain (2013), and at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education conference in Montreal (2015).

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