CREATOR + TEACHING ARTIST + DIRECTOR
My name is Katie Butler and I am a theatre maker and educator investigating 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.
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 a proud recipient of the NET/TEN Remote Connection mini-grant to continue the work!
The Bryan Project at 2021 Lacuna Festival
The Bryan Project has been selected to participate in the 2021 Lacuna Festival taking place online this summer!
EPISODE ONE IS NOW LIVE!!!!! If you can, please consider donating to my GoFundMe to finish editing and recover some of the many expenses incurred during filming, including travel and lodging. It takes a village, and I'm proud to call Bryan, Ohio mine.
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!
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 in classroom 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.