Cat Gleason

Originally from Chicago, she moved to Wisconsin to pursue a PhD in theatre research at UW-Madison where she won two university-wide awards for teaching excellence. Her dissertation, Mapping the Lincoln Park Nexus: Chicago Theatre Historiography and the Origin of the Off-Loop Theatre Movement, offers a contextual exploration of Chicago’s Off Loop Theatre movement through a performance studies lens. She also holds an MFA in directing from Southern Illinois University and her artistic practice focuses on new play direction and stage movement. Gleason has specialized on physical theatre and devised works. Her award winning MFA thesis production, the Open Theatre’s Serpent was the result of an advanced course in ensemble movement, which she designed and taught. Trained by Chicago companies such as Plasticene, Goat Island and the Actors’ Gymnasium in physical and devised theatre, her directing projects often reflect this focus on movement and the actor. Her directing credits include The Green Cricket in Chicago’s Rhinoceros Fringe Festival, The Rape of Nanking according to Minnie, for the Stockyards Theatre Project as well as serving as the Artistic Director of Summerset Theatre in Baraboo, Wisconsin.


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Creative Work

Arsenic and Old Lace

MU Summer Repertory Theatre 2015

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