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Kate’s research explores drama’s radicalising effect on the relationship between words and bodies in ancient, educational, and poststructural contexts. She is currently co-writing a chapter about audio visual modalities in tragedy for Palgrave’s Performance Philosophy Series with Mischa Twitchin, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Drama, Queen Mary, University of London. Co-founder of the West Midlands Mantle of the Expert Network (£21,000 Lottery Heritage award 2014), Kate has been External Examiner for the Universities of Wales, Chester, and Gloucester. She supervises Iona Towler-Evans’ PhD thesis: Mantle of the Expert with children at risk of becoming NEET (not in education or training).


Current administrative responsibilities

Kate sits on Newman’s Equality and Diversity Committee. She is currently Secretary to the newly set up Humanities Research Centre, and is jointly responsible for organising Humanities Research Seminars at Newman from September 2016.

Research Interests

  • Performance Philosophy: tragedy/comedy; drama/postdrama; semiotics/ embodiment.
  • Dorothy Heathcote’s Mantle of the Expert inquiry-based learning system, and Conventions for Dramatic Action.
  • Edward Bond’s Big Brum Theatre in Education and Paris plays; Bond’s dramatic theory and contribution to TIE theory and practice.

Kate welcomes applications to supervise students who share these interests.

Current Teaching

Kate’s interests include ancient Greek, modern and post-modern drama and drama in education.

Other Activities

Membership of Professional Organisations

Kate is a founding member of the West Midlands Mantle of the Expert Teacher Network set up in 2009. She is a member of SCUDD (Standing Conference of University Drama Departments), TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), and Performance Philosophy, a research network for the field of performance philosophy.

Forthcoming Publications 

Katafiasz, K. ‘Castrated Ladies’, a chapter in Edward Bond’s Women, edited by Susana Roman.
Madrid: Circulo Rojo.

Katafiasz, K. & Twitchin, M. a chapter on ‘Genre and Embodiment’, in Thinking Through Tragedy
and Comedy – Genre and its Future, Eds: Ramona Mosse and Anna Street, London: Palgrave.


For REF 2014: Edward Bond’s ‘Accident Time’: the impact of a radical new aesthetic on Theatre in
Education practice.


Review of McGowan, T. (2015) ‘Performing Kamishabi. An Emerging New Literacy for a Global
Audience’, Abingdon: Routledge. In Other Education – the Journal of Educational Alternatives, Vol.
5 (2016) Issue 1.

Review of Cull. L. (2012), ‘Theatres of Immanence: Deleuze and the Ethics of Performance’,
Basingstoke: Palgrave. In Performing Ethos Journal, (Ed. Carole-Anne Upton), forthcoming.

Recent Conference Papers

2014: ‘Comedy and Tragedy; Dramatic and post dramatic perspectives on suffering and laughter’.
Seminar paper given at the symposium ‘Performance Philosophy and the Future of Genre: thinking
through tragedy and comedy’, Freie Universität, Berlin, 4-5th Dec.

2014: ‘Dramatic Autonomy’, paper presented at the British Academy conference, ‘Whither Political
Theatre? Cambridge Conference for a ‘Poetics of Critical Political Theatre in Europe ’, Faculty of
English, Cambridge, and St John’s College, Cambridge. 19-20 September

2014: ‘Exploring Identity and Difference in Edward Bond’s Tune’, a 40 minute workshop for the
Theatre, Performance, Philosophy Conference ‘Crossings and Transfers in Contemporary Anglo-
American Thought’. 26, 27, 28th June at the University Paris-Sorbonne.

2013: ‘Drama and Dasein’ given to the American Society for Theatre Research Performance and
Philosophy Working Group, Dallas Texas, November 7-10th.

2013: ‘Subverting Dasein with dramatic accidents’ paper presented at the TaPRA Performance and
Philosophy Working Group, University of Glasgow, September 4-6.

2012: “Familiarity without Contempt: theorising Bond’s ‘accident time’”, presented at the University
of Warwick Symposium ‘Bond@50: The Work of Edward Bond’ University of Warwick, UK. 2nd

2012: “Ethics and Signification in the work of Edward Bond”, presented at the European Society for
the Study of English (ESSE) International Conference, ‘Representations of Political/Ethical Concerns
in post-1989 British Theatre’, at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul), 4th to 8th September.

2012: “Staging Reality (beyond representation): a perplexing Bondian body”, a paper presented at
the 21st Annual International Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Drama and
Theatre in English (CDE), ‘Bodies on Stage’ held at the University of Bochum,Wolfsburg,
Mülheim/Ruhr, 2nd to 5th June.

Forthcoming Conference papers

2016: A two hour “atelier”/ workshop entitled ‘Shifts from Representation to Event in Edward
Bond’s Tune and other plays’, at ‘Rencontres Europeennes Edward Bond’, an international
colloquium organised by le Centre de Recherche en Arts et Esthétique (CRAE), and le Laboratoire
“Conflits, Représentations et Dialogues dans l’Univers Anglo-Saxon” (CORPUS), at the Université de
Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens). In partnership with l’IRET – Institut de Recherche en Etudes
théâtrales (Paris / Sorbonne Nouvelle), Maison du Théâtre (Amiens), Centre Culturel Jacques Tati
(Amiens), Compagnie Big Brum (Theatre-in-Education), Grande Bretagne, Compagnie InSite,
Hongrie, Compagnie Patio Bondiano, Espagne. November 2016.

2016: A paper entitled ‘Obscene Logic’ to be given at ‘Rencontres Europeennes Edward Bond’ as
above, in November 2016.

Funding Awarded

My applied drama and international consultancy work has attracted funding for me to travel to
train teachers and theatre artists, from the Quattan Foundation, the British Council, and the Pan
Hellenic Drama Teacher’s association. Since completing the doctorate in November 2011, I have
given papers at conferences in Bochum, Istanbul, and Dallas, securing funding from Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Newman Research and Academic Development Committees to do
so. In January 2014 the West Midlands Mantle of the Expert Network, of which I am co-founder,
were awarded £21,000 from UK Lottery Heritage Roots to undertake a project with children from
secondary and special schools, and Newman undergraduates.


  • Katafiasz, K. (2014) ‘Dramatic Jouissance’, in E-rea (Revue électronique d’études sur le monde anglophone), special volume entitled ‘Reading English-language Arts and Literature with the Later Lacan’, Volume 12 (2014) Issue 1. Available online at: https://erea.revues.org/3940

  • Katafiasz, K. (2013) ‘Dramatic Leadership: Dorothy Heathcote’s Autopoietic, or Embodied Leadership Model’, in The Embodiment of Leadership, a volume in the International Leadership Association’s ‘Building Leadership Bridges’ series. San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass/Wiley.

  • Katafiasz, K. (2013) ‘Failed embodiment, silent speech, and ontological intermediality in Edward Bond’s production of The Under Room’, in Body, Space & Technology Vol. 11 No 2 [online] Available online at http://people.brunel.ac.uk/bst/vol1102

  • Katafiasz, K. (2013) ‘Staging Reality (beyond representation): a perplexing Bondian body’, in Journal of the German Society for Contemporary Drama and Theatre in English JCDE: Volume 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

  • Katafiasz, K (2008) ‘Quarrelling with Brecht: understanding Bond's post-structuralist political aesthetic', in Studies in Theatre and Performance, Volume 28: 3 pp237-251. Bristol: Intellect.