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Kate Bredeson

Associate Professor of Theatre
Theatre Department
Division of the Arts

Kate Bredeson is a theatre historian, a director, and a dramaturg. In her theatre history scholarship, Kate researches and writes about 20th and 21st century experimental theatre, with a particular focus on the 1960s. Kate is interested in the way innovations in theatre were made during this period, and how these developments reflect what was happening outside of the theatres in politics, culture, and society. She is currently working on two books: Occupying the Stage: the Theater of May ’68 and A Lifetime of Resistance: the Diaries of Judith Malina 1947-2015. Kate’s research has been supported by fellowships including a Fulbright, grants from the Mellon and Killam Foundations, and residencies at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France and the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy. Kate regularly presents at national and international conferences, and has recently published essays in PAJ, TDR, Theater, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (Routledge, 2014), International Women Stage Directors (U. Illinois, 2013), and May 68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution (Palgrave, 2011). The relationship between theatre and society is also the focus of her teaching. At Reed, Kate teaches classes including Theatre History I and II, Gender and Theatre, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Translation and Adaptation, and she frequently directs stage productions featuring students. Kate is also a professional dramaturg, and a recipient of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas residency grant. She is currently working as dramaturg with Portland choreographer Tahni Holt. Before coming to Reed in 2009, Kate was the Resident Dramaturg at the Court Theatre in Chicago and Lecturer at the University of Chicago. Kate holds an MFA and a doctorate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.

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