kt shorb is a Ph.D. candidate in the Performance as Public Practice program. They earned a B.M. in Composition from Oberlin College Conservatory and an M.A. in Radio-Televison-Film from The University of Texas at Austin. They are a director, writer and performer who grew up in Massachusetts, rural Japan and Tokyo. Their research focuses on actor training, radical adaptation of "the canon" through devised theatre and creative strategies of resistance for, by and about queer people of color. They have trained with Anne Bogart, Adelina Anthony, Sharon Bridgforth, Pauline Oliveros and John Luther Adams. Publications include "prelude and fugue in yellow and grey" in Restoried Selves: Autobiographies of Queer Asian/Pacific American Activists and two essays in The Blind Chatelaine's Keys.
shorb is the producing artistic director of the Generic Ensemble Company. Directorial works include Scheherazade, The Mikado: Reclaimed, Robin Hood: An Elegy, What's Going On?, The Experiment, Stuck on Gee-Dot, The Psychopomp Project, Radio Kaduna, A Tortoise Walks Majestically on Window Ledges and Eagle Women Poems. Their solo show, Una Corda (Yvan Greenberg, director) has been performed in Chicago, Urbana-Champaign, Los Angeles, Oberlin College and various Texas locations. They have taught at Southwestern University and The University of Texas at Austin and were an invited fellow at the Peer Leadership Exchange for the National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation in Minneapolis (2015).