Assistant Professor
Performance Criticism



kt shorb holds a BM in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory, an MA in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Performance as Public Practice (Theatre/Performance Studies), also from UT-Austin. Additional training includes acting and devising with the SITI Company and intimacy direction with Theatrical Intimacy in Education. kt’s theatre directing focuses on ensemble-devised theatre based on canonical texts and new plays created in collaboration. kt also stage directs opera and has directed for Wolf Trap Opera and Chicago Summer Opera. kt’s scholarship is rooted in critical race studies, queer studies, performance studies, and creative practice-as-research. It examines how queer people of color theatre artists enact heroic and spectacular moments that defy common-sense notions of physics. Their recent article on reappropriation can be found here. They also write for American Theatre magazine. They have taught at Allegheny College, St. Edward’s University, UT Austin, and Southwestern University. kt is currently the Vice President for the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists, the only national service organization for theatre artists of the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora.