Dr. Catherine McNamara is Head of School (Art, Design and Performance) within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. An academic from a professional background in Applied Theatre and Drama Education, her scholarly work has included practical research into the benefits of voice workshops for transgender communities, a collaborative play-writing project run in conjunction with Fringe Benefits Theatre Company (Los Angeles, US), which led to a performance and workshop being delivered nationally (2008-2011), INTERarts, an intergenerational arts project with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer identified people and more recently the TransActing project, a collaboration between Central, My Genderation and Gendered Intelligence.
Recent publications include ‘Methods and Approaches for Working with Trans, Non-binary and Gender Diverse Young People in the UK’ in The Handbook of Youth Work Practice, Eds. Pam Alldred, Fiona Cullen et al, London: SAGE (2018) and ‘A Complex Matrix of Identities: Working Intergenerationally with LGBTQ people’ in Minding the Knowledge Gap, eds. Sue Westwood and Andrew King, London: Routledge (2018).
Catherine is one of the co-founders and Directors of the organisation Gendered Intelligence, an organisation engaged in gender diversity, trans and non-binary identities. Pronouns: she/ her.