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 306, Royall Tyler Theatre

Office Hours: By appointment

Dr. Katie Gough studied English literature as an undergraduate at Catholic University (1994) before pursuing an MA in English literature at the University of Maryland (1998), and a PhD in Performance Studies at 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 the Department of History at Concordia University in Montreal.

Katie is a performance theorist, historian and dramaturge. Her research involves the construction of interdisciplinary methodologies that can be thought together through various performance lenses. In 2011 she 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; This book is a comparative study of performance in trans-national, intercultural relation. Its subject is the cultural and political intersection of African and Irish diasporic peoples and movements. This investigation is approached via five key “flashpoints” in Black/Green relations, moving from the mid-19th century to the early 21st. In turn, each of these is related to mediums of performance that were prevalent at the time, such as abolitionist oratory and melodrama, photography and tableaux, architecture and folk drama, television and political demonstrations, and visual art and dramaturgy. The book explores how a transmedial investigation of gender, community, and performance allows for a revision of historiography in Atlantic studies, while the study itself revises and reimagines key concepts central to performance studies.

Her most recent project, though very different in content, also investigates how old and new media technologies can be brought to bear on examining the relationship between performance and historiography. She is currently 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 project in the Department of Theatre, Media and Culture at the University of Cologne, Germany (2013) and at the International Federation of Theatre Research conference in Barcelona, Spain (2013).

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 see: