The University of Texas at Austin
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Bodies & Souls (2016); Photo: Lawrence Peart

Performance as Public Practice student Katie Van Winkle

Katie Van Winkle

Katie Van Winkle

Katie Van Winkle, Ph.D. candidate and Donald D. Harrington Fellow, is writing her dissertation on performances of violence, nation and gender in the centenary commemorations of Ireland’s 1916 Rising. Van Winkle holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and pursued a dramaturgy fellowship at Baltimore's Center Stage. She earned her M.A. as a George J. Mitchell Scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She served two years of national service in AmeriCorps’ Literacy First. She investigates performances of riot, revolution, Renaissance and Greek drama, and audiences past and present. Her writing has been published in New Hibernia Review and Theatre Symposium.

A director, performer and dramaturg, Van Winkle has collaborated on over 70 productions throughout the U.S. and in Toronto, Galway, Belfast and Krakow. Her professional work began under the direction of Mark Hunter, then a Performance as Public Practice doctoral student, in Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare (2000). She has performed in Austin with Salvage Vanguard, Austin Shakespeare, Physical Plant, Rubber Repertory, Breaking String, GNAP! and The Hideout Theatre. She made her New York debut in 2012 with the Rude Mechs’ recreation of Dionysus in 69. Her directing credits range from immersive experiments to Euripides' Bacchai.