Department of Drama
Assistant Professor, Acting
Katherine McGerr is a director, dramaturg, and teaching artist.
Recent directing credits include A Dream Play (Allegheny College); Hedda Gabler, Dutchman, Bird Fire Fly, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Yale School of Drama); Beer (workshop, Fault Line Theatre); Seagulls (Long Wharf NextStage); An Incident, Where Are You Going/Where Have You Been? (workshops, Chautauqaua Theater Company). Dramaturgy credits include the East Coast premiere of Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked!... (production dramaturg, Long Wharf) and the world premiere of Anna Deavere Smith's Let Me Down Easy (script assistant, Long Wharf).
For nearly 10 years, McGerr has been on the artistic staff of Chautauqua Theater Company, where she currently serves as new play development manager as well as the director of their annual Young Playwrights Festival. She regularly incorporates new plays into her teaching practice. Other research interests include the incorporation of plays by female playwrights into scene study repertoire and Stanislavski's Action Analysis system.
McGerr does some of her most joyous directing work as a teaching artist, introducing elementary and middle school students to the playwriting process and bringing their plays to life onstage with actors and design.