Katie  Davis

Professor of Theatre Arts, Coordinator of the Theatre Arts Program and Executive Director of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series

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Degree Major Emphasis Institution  
M.F.A. Theatre Arts: Directing  University of Mississippi  
M.A. Theatre Arts   University of Texas at El Paso  
B.A. Theatre Arts  Juniata College  


Katie Davis has been the Coordinator of the Theatre Arts Program for USAO since 2006. She is currently a tenured faculty member and holds the rank of Professor. She teaches Theatre History, Dramatic Literature and Criticism, Acting, Directing, Playwriting, and is the Producing Director for all department productions. Her creative work in the past decade ranges from directing her own original adaptations of Shakespeare’s work and Medieval Morality Plays, to Sanskrit Drama, Musical Theatre, Greek Classics, and presentation of original plays by student playwrights.

Katie has worked in professional, academic, and community theatre for over 25 years. She was the Artistic Director and Business Manager for Corinth Theatre-Arts between 2002-2006, and worked with The People’s Light and Theatre Company and the Hangar Theatre, among others.

Katie has been honored by the American College Theatre Festival for Excellence in New Play Development, and is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres, American Association of University Women, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Oklahoma Community Theatre Association, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. In 2013, the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association honored Katie as the Outstanding Young College Teacher of the Year. Katie’s areas of ongoing research and interest include: Creativity, New Play Development, Women’s Studies, Postmodernism, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Theatre for Social Change. Katie loves basketball, martial arts, creative problem solving, and is passionate about education and the arts. Katie lives in Chickasha with her husband and 12-year-old son.

Research, Presentations & Publications

Panelist: Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual conference (virtual), Theatre as a Liberal Art Focus Group: “Finding Opportunity in this Weird Moment,” July 30, 2020

Presenter: Moment Work in Devising Contemporary Theatre, Festival of Arts and Ideas, “Interaction”, February 5, 2019.

Presenter: Adapting Chekhov’s Castle as a Playwriting Etude, ATHE 2018. Interdisciplinarity as a Growth Platform for Theatre Programs, ATHE 2018.

Presenter: Karen Malpede’s Extreme Whether: Finding Family in Nature. USAO Festival of Arts and Ideas “Our Beautiful Planet,” January, 2017.

Workshop Presenter: “Coaching Creativity: an Introduction to the Critical Response Process of Liz Lerman,” at Canadian Valley Technical Center, 2018 also at USAO Festival of Arts and Ideas, 2011

Panelist: Building Relationships between College/High School Theatre Programs, Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association, 2014

Presenter: The Hero as Pilgrim: (Myth)Representation in post 9/11 Works by Arab-American Playwrights. Mid-America Theatre Conference, Production and Practice Symposium, 2013