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 across America. Katie developed and sold two children’s television shows and has appeared on several talk show programs.
Katie received the Creative Drama Award and the Winifred Ward Scholar Award from the American Alliance of Theatre and Education along with multiple teaching awards from her University where she serves as a Provost Teaching Fellow and is a nationally and internationally recognised consultant in drama-based pedagogy and creative learning.
Katie has facilitated trainings, presented workshops, and given interactive keynotes at Universities, professional conferences, arts organisations and community sites across the US, Croatia and 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, The International Journal for Learning through the Arts, Teaching and Teacher Education among others.
Her co-authored book, The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collective Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field was published in September of 2014. Her second book, The Drama-Based Pedagogy Handbook was completed in 2015.
- Kathryn Dawson, Stephanie W. Cawthon & Sally Baker (2011): Drama for Schools: teacher change in an applied theatre professional development model, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 16:3, 313-335
- Researching arts-based pedagogies for schools: approaches from Adelaide’s twin city in Texas