Katherine Steele Brokaw, Assistant Professor of English
Katherine Steele Brokaw received her PhD in English from the University of Michigan in 2011. She is the author of Staging Harmony: Music and Religious Change in Late Medieval Early English Drama (Cornell University Press, 2016). She has also published articles and reviews in Shakespeare Bulletin, Comparative Drama, 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 Rethinking the Secular in the Age of Shakespeare, currently under review at Fordham University Press. She has forthcoming articles about dice games in Tudor drama, contemporary performances of amateur drama, and the field of Tudor Shakespeare studies. She is also working on the Arden performance edition of Macbeth as well as a monograph on amateur Shakespeare.
At UC-Merced, she teaches medieval and early modern literature, world drama, performance theory, and children's literature, and she is currently serving as Chair of the Undergraduate English program.
Dr. Brokaw is co-director of Shakespeare and Yosemite, an original play feature scenes from Shakespeare and the writings of John Muir, which will be performed in Yosemite National Park in April, 2017. 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.