My name is Katie Butler and I am an artist. My work investigates the nature of connection and community in a deeply divided world. As a creator I explore the ways we subvert the fault lines of politics and ideologies to reach out to one another. I often end up with more questions than answers.
And sometimes I bring silliness into the world and call it Art.
I am a Philadelphia-based theatre artist and educator, with a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, a professional certification from the Portland Actors Conservatory and an MFA from The Pig Iron School with a degree in Devised and Physical Performance.
Since 2015 I have been an arts educator, working with students aged 7-18 and adults in classroom, higher ed and after school settings. My work as an artist revolves around fostering human connection and the collision of storytelling and civic practice, blending mediums and styles to serve communities. I aim to work with underserved populations with the guiding principles of collaboration and physical storytelling to mobilize community-wide arts practices that foster diversity and growth.
The Bryan Project
The Bryan Project is an ongoing community-driven documentary piece centering around the town of Bryan, Ohio. Civic practice collides with storytelling to uncover the role of the arts in rural America and questions what truly makes a small town thrive.
*This project is currently on a break, with a hope to return to production in 2022!
Episode 1 of The Bryan Project
was showcased at the Lacuna Festival in July 2021.
This project was made possible in part by the NET/TEN Remote Connections Grant!
The Bryan Project Episodes 1 and 2 are live!
This incredible project is possible because of the amazing citizens of Bryan, Ohio. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far and I can't wait to see where this project takes us!
To learn more, watch episodes 1 and 2 or click through the links below to see how this whole journey started! For updates, follow The Bryan Project on social media!