Katherine Steele Brokaw, Associate Professor of English
Katherine Steele Brokaw is the author of Staging Harmony: Music and Religious Change in Late Medieval Early English Drama (Cornell University Press, 2016), which won the David Bevington award for best book in early drama studies. She has also published articles and reviews in Shakespeare Bulletin, Comparative Drama, Literature Compass, and Pedagogy, and in the collection Beyond Boundaries: Rethinking Music Circulation in Early Modern England (Indiana University Press, 2017). She is co-editor, with Jay Zysk, of Sacred and Secular Transaction in the Age of Shakespeare (Northwestern University Press, 2019), and edited the Arden Performance Edition of Macbeth (2019), and is writing a monograph on community Shakespeare.
At UC-Merced, she is chair of the Literature, Languages, and Cultures Department and she teaches medieval and early modern literature, world drama, performance theory, and children's literature, in the Undergraduate English program. She was a visiting scholar at the Shakespeare Institute (Stratford-upon-Avon, UK) during the 2017-18 academic year.
Dr. Brokaw is co-founder of Shakespeare and Yosemite, which debuted in April 2017 with an original play performed in Yosemite National Park featuring scenes from Shakespeare and the writings of John Muir. The company performed A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Park in April 2018, and will perform As You Like It in 2019. She also co-directs and co-produces UC-Merced's annual children's opera, which brings 3500 area schoolchildren to campus every May to experience live opera in Lakireddy Auditorium. She acts, directs, and dramaturges in California's Central Valley and, increasingly, around the world as well.