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19th June, 2015

Dr Catherine McNamara

Pro-Dean (Students)
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Catherine McNamara is Pro-Dean (Students) at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a Reader in Applied Theatre and co-founder and Director of Gendered Intelligence, a Community Interest Company founded in 2008. In her role at Central, Catherine is part of the Senior Management Team for the institution and has oversight of student experience. Catherine’s practice and research often explores non-binary/ transgender/ genderqueer identities within arts practices. Catherine was Project Coordinator for trans youth project Sci:dentity – What’s the Science of Sex & Gender? (a 12-month Wellcome Trust funded project exploring gender and sexed identities) and the Gendered Intelligence collaborative play-writing project Brief Encounters, run in conjunction with Fringe Benefits Theatre Company (Los Angeles, US), which led to a performance and workshop being delivered in secondary schools across the UK between 2008 and 2010. Catherine has published in various forms including website material related to Practice-as-Research as well as more traditional journal articles and chapters in books. Catherine’s own PhD was titled ‘The Constitution of Transgender Masculinities through Performance: A Study of Theatre and the Everyday’ (University of London, 2009).

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