kt shorb + Katherine Wilkinson
kt shorb is a multi-disciplinary artist who grew up in Massachusetts, rural Japan, and Tokyo. They hold a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from Oberlin College Conservatory and an MA in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. They are trained in the Suzuki Acting Method and Viewpoints with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company as well as with Simon Woods of Zen Zen Zo (Brisbane, Australia). They have studied acting with Adelina Anthony and directing with Pirrone Yousefzadeh and KJ Sanchez. They have trained in Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed with Julian Boal and Bárbara Santos. They are currently a candidate for a PhD in Performance as Public Practice at the University of Texas at Austin.
shorb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Generic Ensemble Company, a troupe that foregrounds marginal bodies in collaborative, ensemble-based work. As a director, shorb facilitates physical virtuosity and intensity. As a writer, shorb focuses on the relationship between social structures (such as race and sexuality) and personal expression. They have served as faculty at Southwestern University (Theatre) and the University of Texas at Austin and are now teaching at St. Edwards University. They are currently collaborating with Katherine Wilkinson on a new solo performance piece about the body and desire called Inappropriate.
Katherine Wilkinson is a director, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn. Katherine has spent the last decade developing new ensemble-driven performance throughout the US and abroad. She has created work in Australia, India, Japan, Greece, Mexico, and England. Katherine has developed work with Classical Theatre of Harlem, Juilliard, WP Theatre, Signature Theatre, Pipeline Theatre, The Atlantic, Columbia Stages,The Magic Theatre, SITI Company, Suzuki Company of Toga, Zen Zen Zo, Fusebox Festival, Miami New Drama, Dixon Place, Movement Research, The Watermill Center, Philip Glass’ Days & Nights Festival, The VORTEX, The Oklahoma Contemporary, among others. Katherine has Assisted/Associate Directed for Anne Bogart, JoAnne Akalaitis, Sam Gold, Whitney White, Christopher Renshaw, and Robert Wilson. With an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and a BA in Performance Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, she is also a proud SDC Associate Member.