Dr Katharine Low is a practitioner-researcher and is Senior Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Community Performance at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She has over 18 years’ experience in applied theatre practice and health, working in the fields of sexual health, gender equity and urban violence, in the UK and internationally.
Her research is embedded in collaborations with arts and cultural organisations, medical practitioners and NGOs to co-facilitate participatory theatre and arts-based projects based around social concerns. Recent collaborations include working with the University of Witwatersrand Wits RHI Hillbrow Health Precinct and Hillbrow Theatre Project in South Africa and with Positively UK and Dr Shema Tariq and the PRIME study.
Current publications include: Applied Theatre and Sexual Health Communication: Apertures of Possibility (2020, Palgrave Macmillan) and Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing with Veronica Baxter (2017, Bloomsbury Methuen).
Katharine is currently developing performance practices with women living well with HIV and researching the impact of motherhood on academic life.