Professor of Theatre
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 particularly interested in the potential theatre holds as a tool for radical activism. Her first book Occupying the Stage: the Theater of May ’68 (Northwestern, 2018) was a finalist for the George Freedley Prize. Her second book, The Diaries of Judith Malina 1958-1971 is forthcoming from Routledge. 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; the Maison Dora Maar in Ménerbes, 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, and Postdramatic Theatre and Form (Bloomsbury, 2019) and The Sixties, Center Stage: Mainstream and Popular Performances in a Turbulent Decade (Michigan, 2017). The relationship between theatre and society is also the focus of her teaching. At Reed, Kate teaches classes including Theatre History I, II, and III; Gender and Theatre; Playwriting; and Junior Seminar; she frequently directs stage productions featuring students. Kate is also a professional dramaturg, and a two-time winner of major prizes from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. 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.