Performance Studies, African American Studies
Ph.D., Drama and Humanities, Stanford University. African American Theater and popular culture; performance theory; performance and politics; performance and diaspora; Black Theater Workshop. Joint appointment in African American Studies, Affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies. Articles in Theatre Journal, Performance Research, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: A Casebook; forthcoming articles on black women’s diaspora performance; whiteface performance; the politics of representation in black theater; and black political culture. Catanese is currently completing Racial Transgressions, a book-length study of the impact of multiculturalism and colorblindness on black performance practices. In addition to her scholarly work, she occasionally directs workshop productions (Lab Run, I Ain’t Yo Uncle , 365 Days/365 Plays) for TDPS.