Katherine Brewer Ball (b. 1980, Cambridge, MA) is a writer based in Brooklyn. She is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies in the Theater Department at Wesleyan University, where she previously served as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities from 2013-2014. She is also faculty at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. Brewer Ball earned her PhD in Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013. Her research and teaching interests include theater, visual culture, Black and Indigenous thought, feminist theory, queer studies, and psychoanalysis. Her current book project, The Only Way Out Is In: The Black & Queer Performance of Escape, traces contemporary literature, theater, and performance works by Glenn Ligon, Tony Kushner, Sharon Hayes, and Junot Díaz. Brewer Ball is currently conducting research on a second book project which focuses on contemporary Alaska Native performance and art. Her writing has been published, or is forthcoming, in Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Artforum.com, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Criticism, RECAPS, Little Joe, Bomb Magazine, Dirty Looks, ASAP/Journal, Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus, and by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. In addition to teaching, Brewer Ball curates performance and art events, including the NYC performance salon, Adult Contemporary, and publishes nonfiction.
kbrewerball [at] wesleyan [dot] edu