Photo by: My dad

Photo by: My dad

Photo by: Jasmine Donato

Photo by: Jasmine Donato

Hi, my name is Kate. I use the pronouns she/her/hers. I am a teaching artist. I work with improvisation as a method for navigating being alive and making life-affirming work through video/digital media along with drama and body-based approaches to teaching and learning.

I follow a lineage of participant-centered pedagogy and theatre-making influenced by Brazilian writers, activists and educators Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal. Drawing inspiration from Black feminist scholars and queer pedagogues such as bell hooks, Patricia Hill Collins, Toni Cade Bambara, Gloria AnzaldĂșa, adrienne maree brown, and Sara Ahmed, my work is grounded in a vision of radical healing, rooted in self-determinism and collective liberation.

I am interested in the healing and restoration of people, populations, and planet.

As part of my MFA thesis, I tracked a process of embodied performance (drama-based activities) to explore critical moments with youth in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. My work explored how embodied performative pedagogy can support conditions for belonging among youth in a recovery high school, as well as how multimodal semiotic symbol systems and meaning-making provide possibilities for youth to affect how they name the world.

I facilitate classes and events for my own work and for others. I love to help fellow humans unlock self-limiting beliefs and navigate uncertainty of Self, people, planet, and cosmos with confidence, care and compassion. 

I live on occupied Tonkawa and Lipan Apache territory, also known as Central Texas, where I teach, create ritual, and make art focused on healing from the effects of capitalism and settler colonialism.

I hold a B.A in Film/Video/Theatre Arts from Montana State University-Bozeman, and an M.F.A in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from the University of Texas at Austin. I am a certified yoga teacher, permaculture designer, and labor doula.