Katie Schaag is a scholar, poet, playwright, and multimedia artist working at the interstices of text, performance, and visual art. She has performed and exhibited at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Chazen Museum of Art, Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), Darling Foundry (Montréal, Québec), Stanford University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Paris-Sorbonne, Little Berlin (Philadelphia, PA), Co-Prosperity Sphere (Chicago), Commonwealth Gallery (Madison), University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery (Knoxville, TN), Mess Hall (Chicago), Madison Public Library Central Branch, Herron Galleries (Indianapolis, IN), and i^3 Hypermedia (Chicago). Her writing has been published by Ugly Ducking Presse (Brooklyn, NY), Metatron (Montréal, Québec), Rabbit Catastrophe Press (Lexington, KY), Requited Journal (Chicago, IL), Word For/Word (Weston, WV), and Nat. Brut (Dallas, TX), and her plays have been staged at Hemsley Theatre (Madison, WI).
In addition to her solo art practice she has a collaborative practice with SALYER + SCHAAG, with whom she has exhibited and performed widely. They have also developed several grant-supported creative process workshops: “Image/Text: The Performing Page” and “Collaboratory: Serious Play” at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, “Serious Play: Surrealist Experiments” at The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, and “Performance and 4D Art” at Arts + Literature Laboratory as part of the ArtWrite Collective’s Flourish! creative development series. Their social practice project Performing MMoCA was part of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)’s 2016 Wisconsin Triennial exhibition.
She is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in performance studies and visual cultures. Her current research project, CONCEPTUAL THEATRE: Race, Gender, and Dematerialization, explores the political potential of thought experiments in African American avant-garde closet drama and feminist performance art. She earned her BA in English and Women’s and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and her MA in English from UW-Madison. She teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature, training students in literary analysis, critical and creative writing, transmedia storytelling, and experience design. She has a book chapter in an edited volume forthcoming in Palgrave Macmillan’s Performance Philosophy series: “Biological Plasticity and Performative Possibility in the work of Catherine Malabou and Curious,” Inter Views in Performance Philosophy: Contemporary Crossings and Conversations, ed. J. Elliott, M. Pauker, and A. Street.
She co-founded the Art + Scholarship Borghesi-Mellon Workshop and the Madison Performance Philosophy Collective, with whom she co-curated a series of Theory-Practice Collaboratory workshops, a series of events with visiting artists, and two symposia, MAD THEORY and MAD THEORY 2. She has also co-convened experimental roundtables at PSi and M/MLA exploring intersections of scholarly inquiry and creative practice. She is a consultant at DesignLab, a transmedia storytelling center founded by Jon McKenzie, where she helps students and faculty develop creative teaching and research methodologies in digital composition and remediation.