Associate Professor of Theatre and resident dramaturge

Katie Gough holds a 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.

An academic, writer, and theatre maker, Katie serves as the resident dramaturge and Associate Professor Theatre Studies at UVM. 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 (ASTR).

Currently, Kate is at work on a new book project that employs 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. The first published iteration of this project, “The Art of the Loop: Analogy, Aurality, History, Performance” (TDR 2016) was recently awarded the 2017 Oscar G. Brockett Essay Prize from ASTR. In the Summer 2017 Katie’s Coracles, Castanets, Cadaqués – a surrealistic autobiographical performance that explores looping, synesthesia and storytelling – had a public staged reading at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and an excerpt from the play was published in the journal Performance Philosophy.

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Katie Gough, Assistant Professor of Theatre and resident dramaturge


  • Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California-Berkeley (2005)