Katie Dawson

Katie Dawson is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin and serves as director of the Drama for Schools program. Her areas of research include arts integration, drama-based instruction, community-engaged outreach programs, museum theatre, and teaching artist pedagogy and practice. Katie is a former classroom teacher and coordinator of the Science Comes Alive interactive theatre program at the California Science Center. She spent over twenty-five years facilitating arts integration lessons in schools in Ohio, Chicago, Montana, California, Texas, Washington D.C., and the northern interior of Alaska. Katie developed and sold two children’s television shows and made multiple guest appearances on talk shows (Donnie and Marie, Bob Saget, Ellen) modeling inquiry-based activities for families. Katie has facilitated trainings, presented workshops, and given interactive keynotes at numerous locations including: The University of Southern California; Texas State University; New York University; Southeast Center for Education and the Arts; Young Audiences of Northeast Texas; Texas Theatre Educators Association; Texas Association of Museums; Texas ASCD; Southeastern Theatre Conference; American Alliance of Theatre and Education; Association for Theatre in Higher Education; the American Educational Research Association; the US Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia; the ComeOUT Festival in Adelaide, Australia; Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia; and the University of South Australia. Her scholarship has been published in Youth Theatre Journal, International Journal of Education and the Arts, RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, and the International Journal for Learning through the Arts, Teaching and Teacher Education among others. Her play, No Problem, is published by Dramatic Publishing. Her co-authored book, The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collective Wisdom from the Field, was published in 2014 by University of Chicago Press/Intellect. Katie was named the 2005 Winifred Ward Scholar and received the 2013 Creative Drama Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. She received the 2012 Teaching Award from the Department of Theatre and Dance and the 2013 Regents Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching from The University of Texas at Austin, where she also serves as a Provost's Teaching Fellow. 

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Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities
Phone: 512-232-5314

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