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Catherine Graham, Ph.D. (McGill)

Associate Professor, Theatre & Film Studies
Email: grahamca@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140, ext. 27665
Office: TSH-403

Catherine Graham is an Associate Professor in Theatre & Film Studies in the School of the Arts.  She is also affiliated with interdisciplinary graduate programs in Gender Studies and Feminist Research; Cultural Studies and Critical Theory; and Communication, New Media and Cultural Studies, where she supervises students interested in art and community engagement projects or in research on the everyday implications of cultural critique.

She is currently co-principle investigator, with Dr. Chris Sinding (Director of Social Work), on a SSHRC-funded partnership development project entitled Transforming Stories, Driving ChangeTSDC brings together researchers from the Social Sciences and Humanities, local theatre artists, and representatives from Good Shepherd Centres of Hamilton, the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton and the Hamilton Community Foundation.  The core of the project is built around working with community members whose voices are not often heard in public debate in order to create and perform short plays that suggest how they think Hamilton should change.

Dr. Graham’s teaching and research focus on better understanding how performance creation can function not just as a means of expressing things we already know, but as a way of developing new knowledge that values both “knowing how” and “knowing that” in discussions of social change. She is particularly concerned with how performance can focus attention on ways people are excluded not because of what they say, but because of how they say it. Combining over 30 years of experience using feminist and queer theory, performance theory, and cross-cultural performance critique to create and analyze theatre for social change, Dr. Graham has collaborated with Pluri-elles (Manitoba), La Fédération des Femmes Fransaskoises, La Fédération des Femmes de Québec, Théâtre Parminou (Québec), Théâtre des Petites Lanternes (Québec), Théâtre de Campus (Belgique), Théâtre du Public (Bélgique) and the ONE DROP Foundation.

Dr. Graham was an Associate Editor of Canadian Theatre Review from 2002 to 2014, where she edited issues on “The Body” (2002), “Activist Theatre” (2004), “Liveness and Mediatized Performance” (2006), “Performance and Health” (2011), and “Alternative Globalizations” (2014).  She has also published book chapters and articles on subjects ranging from 20th-century performances of Hamlet to contemporary approaches to creating performance for social change.