Caitlin Kane

Ph.D. Candidate in Performing and Media Arts


Caitlin Kane is a doctoral candidate in Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts. Her dissertation, Acts of Witness: Confronting Testimonial Injustice in Research-Based Performance, draws on feminist philosophy and queer theory to examine how artists use archival, ethnographic, and testimonial methodologies to mitigate particular forms of epistemic injustice. Other research interests include feminist and gender studies, theater historiography, applied theater, the public humanities, directing, and dramaturgy. In 2019, Caitlin received an Engaged Cornell Graduate Student Grant to support her ongoing work with writer/director Leigh Fondakowski. She was a 2017–18 NY Public Humanities Fellow and a 2011–12 Fulbright Fellow (Bulgaria). Her scholarly writing has appeared in Theatre Topics and will appear in the forthcoming collection The Scholar as Human (Cornell University Press, 2020). Caitlin is also a freelance dramaturg, director, and producer based in Chicago. Her current artistic projects include co-writing The Loneliness Project with Kelli Simpkins, assistant directing the world premiere of Leigh Fondakowski’s Casa Cushman, and dramaturging Josh Groffman and Sarah Heady’s community-based opera,Halcyon

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