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Katherine Pearl

Lecturer in Playwriting

Katie Pearl is an Obie Award-winning theater artist and co-Artistic Director of the interdisciplinary performance company PearlDamour. For 20 years PearlDamour has pushed the boundaries of contemporary theater with projects such as How to Build a Forest​, an 8-hour performance installation responding to the losses around Hurricane Katrina and BP Oil Spill; Lost in the Meadow, built for a 40-acre meadow at Longwood Botanical Garden; Milton, created with and performed in small towns named ‘Milton’ across the U.S.; and Ocean Filibuster, an epic solo performance commissioned by the American Repertory Theatre and the Harvard University Center for the Environment (currently in development). PearlDamour has been the recipient of four Map Fund, two NEA, and a Creative Capital Award. 

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Pearl also collaborates with companies across the country, often developing works for non-traditional sites and with unconventional structures. Her recent production Red Hills by Sean Christopher Lewis and Asiimwe Deborah Kawe was co-produced by Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh and En Garde Arts in NYC.  

Pearl was the 2017 Quinn Martin Guest Chair of Directing at UCSD, a 2016 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton and a visiting lecturer of Socially Engaged Art at Harvard. She is a producer of the documentary The Rest I Make Up, about the visionary Cuban-American dramatist Maria Irene Fornes, which premiered at MoMA in New York City and is currently screening internationally. 

Visit Katie’s website for more information: Katiepearl.com.