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Catherine Burriss

Associate Professor, Performing Arts

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Ph.D. Performance Studies, Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, University of California, Berkeley, 2006


Thrilled to be the first faculty member in the Performing Arts program at CI, Catherine Scott Burriss is a proud California native who earned her PhD in Performance Studies with the Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from UC Berkeley, and received a BA in Theatre Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Drama from UC Santa Cruz.

She has been teaching, studying, and creating theater for over fifteen years, working on productions at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Montréal Fringe Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Thick Description (in San Francisco), the Electric Lodge (in Venice, CA) and Highways Performance Space (in Santa Monica), and guiding students at UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State, UC Berkeley, and California Institute of the Arts--and of course here at CI.

In August of 2011, she debuted her original, full-length, solo show "What Comes Naturally" at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.

When she’s not teaching, researching, rehearsing, or watching one performance or another, she loves cooking and eating, practicing yoga, swing dancing, and chasing her toddler around.

Representative Courses Taught

  • PATH 280 Acting I
  • PATH 380 Acting II
  • PATH 382 Directing
  • PATH 410 Shakespeare's Plays
  • PATH 333 Multicultural Drama and Theatre
  • PATH 238 Early Theatre History
  • PA 391 Production
  • PA 499 Performing Arts Capstone



Contemprary American theatre and performance, Early modern English and Italian theatre, Gender and sexuality studies, Queer theory, Mimetic theory

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