Katherine Profeta

Visiting Associate Professor, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism

Katherine Profeta is a NYC dramaturg who has worked with choreographer/visual artist Ralph Lemon since 1997.  Other collaborators have included Alexandra Beller, Nora Chipaumire, Julie Taymor, Karin Coonrod, Frederick Wiseman, Annie Dorsen, Emma Griffin, David Thomson, and Theater for a New Audience.

She is also a founding member of the award-winning New York City theater company, Elevator Repair Service (ERS), and has lent her hand to nearly all of its productions since 1991, often as choreographer, movement coach or movement dramaturg. In 2004 she directed 131, a performance work for three actors and a dancer based on the sound and backstory of a late Beethoven string quartet, at PS122.

Profeta holds an MFA and DFA from the Yale School of Drama, the latter conferred in December 2009 for her dissertation More Lost than Found: Charting Ralph Lemon’s Geography Trilogy from Conception through Performance. 

Her book, Dramaturgy in Motion: At Work on Dance and Movement Performance, came out from University of Wisconsin Press in December 2015. Other writing has appeared in Theater, Dance and Performance TrainingPerforming Arts JournalTheater MagazineMovement Research Performance Journal, and TCG’s Production Notebooks.  A chapter is forthcoming in the Museum of Modern Art's edited collection, Ralph Lemon (Fall 2016).

She has taught in the theater departments of Barnard and Yale Colleges, and Yale School of Drama.  Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Queens College, CUNY.