Katharine E. Low

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Katharine E. Low (19**-19**) is a lecturer in Applied Theatre and Community Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, UK.

She was born in South Africa and has lived between South Africa and Switzerland, where her parents worked. She has an MA in Applied Theatre (also at the University of Manchester) and an MA (Hons) in Theatre Studies and Psychology at the University of Glasgow and a practice-led PhD at the University of Manchester examining applied theatre practice and sexual health in the South African township of Nyanga.

Since 2003, she has researched and developed social theatre practices as ways of beginning discussions around sexual and reproductive health, predominantly in South Africa, with additional work in Tanzania and the UK.

She has taught at Goldsmiths on the MA in Applied Drama, as well as at the University of Glasgow, the University of Manchester and has offered classes at the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand.

She is a trustee of the London Arts & Health Forum, which looks at the role of culture in wellbeing and promotes arts and health work across the UK.


2015. Applied Theatre from A Southern African Perspective, co-authored with Munyaradzi Chatikobo. In The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20.3, pp. 381-390.

Co-author (with Veronica Baxter) of Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing. (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017).


Author biography: Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing. (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017).


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