Abbie Katz is an Associate Professor of Practice and the Head of both the Stage Management and of the Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship Programs at the University of Iowa. As an Arts Manager and Production Stage Manager for theatre, dance, opera, and performance art for over 30 years, Professor Katz has focused significantly on auteur-directed and avant-garde works.
Professor Katz began her academic career in 2001, teaching at Suffolk University, Northeastern University and Emerson College. Before coming to the University of Iowa she created and was the Director of the BFA program in Stage Management at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, where she also devised a Stage Management minor.
As a Production Stage Manager, Professor Katz has worked regionally at the American Repertory Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Public Theatre and the 92nd Street Y, among others. Professor Katz also production stage managed dance for the House Foundation for the Arts (Meredith Monk), the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, and for Dagdha Dance Company, for all of which toured nationally and internationally.
Professor Katz has had a long professional relationship with renowned theatre director and artist Robert Wilson, having production stage managed and toured internationally with 6 of his productions. Professor Katz was also Managing Director for Mr. Wilson’s “interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities”, the Watermill Center, in Long Island.
As Anna Deveare Smith’s Production Manager for The Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Professor Katz oversaw the ongoing work of over 16 international artists. For Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Professor Katz production managed Monteverdi’s “Vespers”, which performed at Boston Symphony Hall. Also at Symphony Hall she production managed the Boston Conservatory’s 100th Anniversary Gala, featuring Alan Cumming.
Professor Katz was Associate Producer for The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Associate Producer for The Boston Early Music Festival and Producer for SPLAT Productions, creating theatre pieces at NYC’s performance space, Here, and at the New York International Fringe Festival. She was General Manager of the start-up Market Theatre, which was named “Best Theatre in Boston” by the Boston Globe, and Executive Director of the contemporary dance venue Green Street Studios.
Professor Katz has worked with such artists as Ping Chong, Richard Foreman, Anne Bogart, Susan Sontag, Chen Shi-Zheng, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Fred Wiseman, David Mamet and the Bread and Puppet Theatre, and has consulted on many theatre renovations and theatre and dance production installations.
A native of Boston, Professor Katz received a BA with Honors in English from the University of Chicago. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, the Stage Managers Association, USITT, and the Association of Arts Administration Educators.