Katherine is an artist, educator, and scholar currently based in Madison, WI. Her work—whether performance, teaching, or research—is driven by a relentless curiosity. From children playing make-believe to virtuosic theatre performance, humans play pretend. Why? What are the cognitive mechanisms that allow people to simultaneously hold in mind two realities: the real and the fictional/dramatic? How do the acts of pretend play or acting shape cognition and development for children and adults?

How does make-believe shape reality?

Photo credit: Maureen Janson Heintz