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Catherine McNamara

Head of Guildford School of Acting (GSA), University of Surrey, University of Surrey

Dr. Catherine McNamara is Head of GSA. 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 School of Speech & Drama, My Genderation and Gendered Intelligence.

Publications include the forthcoming ‘Adventures in Digital and Public Humanities: Co-Producing Trans History Through Creative Collaboration’ in The Handbook of Digital Humanities (written by multiple authors), ‘The TransActing project: why trans, non-binary and gender diverse people value spaces without cisgender people when engaging in creative practices’ in The Applied Theatre Reader (2nd Edition, 2020), ‘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 of the organisation Gendered Intelligence, an organisation engaged in gender diversity, trans and non-binary identities. Pronouns: she/ her/ they.


  • –present
    Head of School (Art, Design and Performance), Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth


  • 2009 
    Queen Marys, University of London, PhD, Theatre