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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 Shakespeare performances, 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 does the act of make-believe, of acting, shape cognitive development for both children and adults? How does embodying fiction shape reality?

Katherine works to dismantle the perceived division between the arts and sciences and seeks not interdisciplinarity, but integration. Art and science can be mutually productive methodologies to investigate both how humans work, and how this knowledge can be applied to supporting individuals and improving communities.

Photo credit: Maureen Janson Heintz