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

Katherine works to dismantle the perceived division between the arts and sciences. 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 communities.

Photo credit: Maureen Janson Heintz