Cat Rodríguez

serving collaboration, community, and lqqks

 

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Manos a la obra

A story shaper, performance maker, and culture shaker, Catherine María "Cat" Rodríguez serves collaboration, community, and lqqks wherever the art takes her and whatever stage it’s in.

Cat’s craft entails bringing discernment to decision-making and Joy to the process. Experiences as a performer and dramaturg guide both her theater making and critical writing. In this, she’s attentive to not only what’s being made, but also how as well as through whose bodies and eyes. Cat works from a structural analysis and draws on her skills as a trained facilitator to do so. Black and Latinx feminisms as well as collectivist organizing methods fundamentally inform her arts practice and pathways through the world. She's a "people person" with a politic and a love for the ridiculous.

Cat works in English and Spanish, talks with her hands, y anda con ganas. A freelance artist, she considers herself a nomad but always names New Orleans and Nicaragua home.

 
 

Story Shaper

This American Wife

Devising Dramaturg · 2015 - Present · Collaboration with Michael Breslin (writer-performer) and Patrick Foley (writer-performer)

Offering developmental support for This American Wife, a multi-media theater and dance work that investigates obsession, queerness, performance, and Reality through The Real Housewives series.

New Work / Production Dramaturg · Next Door at NYTW · Summer 2018 

New Work / Production Dramaturg · Yale Cabaret · Spring 2017  & Fall 2017

 

Daughter of the Hills [working title] with Martha Redbone

New Musical / Developmental Dramaturg · The Public · 2017

Provided developmental dramaturgy to Americana soul singer-songwriter Martha Redbone for new full-length musical commissioned by The Public, during two-week residency at the Kimmel Center through Joe's Pub.

 

If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka by Tori Sampson

New Play / Production Dramaturg · Carlotta Festival of New Plays · 2017

 

MAS: MEXICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES BY MILTA ORTIZ

New Play Dramaturg · Latinx Theatre Commons Carnival of New Plays · 2015

 

FUGA MUNDI BY MAR GÓMEZ GLEZ

New Play Dramaturg · 2013 - 15 · Collaboration with Mar Gómez Glez (playwright) and Jacob Janssen (director)

Dramaturged and collaborated on rewrite, translation of Fuga Mundi by US-based Spanish playwright.

Secured financial support from spain arts & culture in Washington, DC., to establish International Hot Desk Playwright Residency at Center Stage for in-person workshopping.

New Play Dramaturg · Freelance · 2015

Plus, a reading at SPAIN: arts & culture in 2015

 

KING OF THE YEES · BY LAURA YEE

Developmental Dramaturg · Play Lab at Baltimore Center Stage · 2015

 

TRASH / LA DANZA CIRCULAR DE MARÍA

Production Dramaturg · Borderlands & El Círculo Teatral (México) · 2013-14

 

Performer

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 3

“Content Kween.”

With Michael & Patrick · ANT Fest at Ars Nova · 2018

 

CHARLES LUDLAM’S CAMILLE: A TRAVESTY ON LA DAME AUX CAMÉLIAS BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS FILS

“Gaston Roué.”

Dir. Molly Fitzmaurice and Michael Breslin · Yale Cabaret · 2018

 

ONE BIG BREATH

“Scuba”

Dir. Jeremy O. Harris · Yale Cabaret · 2017

 

DÉBÂCLES

“Clara”

Dir. Beth Dinkova · Yale Cabaret · 2017

 

THE COMMENCEMENT OF WILLIAM TAN

“Pom-A-Link.”

Dir. Lauren E. Banks · Yale Cabaret · 2017

 
 

MAKER

THIS AMERICAN WIFE

Devising Dramaturg · 2015-Present · Collaboration with Michael Breslin & Patrick Foley (writer-performers)

Offering developmental support for This American Wife, a multi-media theater and dance work that investigates obsession, queerness, performance, and Reality through The Real Housewives series.

New Work / Production Dramaturg · Next Door at NYTW · Summer 2018

New Work / Production Dramaturg · Yale Cabaret · Spring 2017 & Fall 2017

 

CHARLES LUDLAM’S CAMILLE: A TRAVESTY ON LA DAME AUX CAMÉLIAS BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS FILS

Production Dramaturg · Yale Cabaret · 2018

Dir. Molly Fitzmaurice wit Michael Breslin

 

FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, PARTS 1, 2 & 3

Production Dramaturg · Yale Repertory Theatre & American Conservatory Theater · 2018

Dir. Liz Diamond

 

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

Production Dramaturg · Yale Summer Cabaret · 2017

Dir. Rory Pelsue

 

IF PRETTY HURTS UGLY MUST BE A MUHFUCKA

New Play / Production Dramaturg · Carlotta Festival of New Plays · 2017

Dir. Beth Dinkova

 

AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATH OF QUEENS…

Production Dramaturg · Yale Cabaret · 2016

Dir. Rory Pelsue

 

SEVEN GUITARS

Production Dramaturg · Yale Repertory Theatre · 2016

Dir. Timothy Douglas

 

AMY AND THE ORPHANS

New Play Dramaturg · Carlotta Festival of New Plays · 2016

Dir. Leora Morris

 

4000 MILES

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2015

Dir. Lila Neugebauer

 

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2015

Dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

 

WILD WITH HAPPY

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2014

Dir. Jeremy Cohen

 

STONES IN HIS POCKETS

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2014

Dir. Derek Goldman

 

DANCE OF THE HOLY GHOSTS

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2013

Dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

 

BRUJA

Production Dramaturg · Borderlands · 2013

Dir. Eva Tessler

 

GUAPA

Assistant New Play Dramaturg · NNPN Rolling World Premiere · 2012-13

Dir. Barclay Goldsmith

 

Performer

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 3

“Content Kween.”

With Michael & Patrick · ANT Fest at Ars Nova · 2018

 

CHARLES LUDLAM’S CAMILLE: A TRAVESTY ON LA DAME AUX CAMÉLIAS BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS FILS

“Gaston Roué.”

Dir. Molly Fitzmaurice and Michael Breslin · Yale Cabaret · 2018

 

ONE BIG BREATH

“Scuba”

Dir. Jeremy O. Harris · Yale Cabaret · 2017

 

DÉBÂCLES

“Clara”

Dir. Beth Dinkova · Yale Cabaret · 2017

 

THE COMMENCEMENT OF WILLIAM TAN

“Pom-A-Link.”

Dir. Lauren E. Banks · Yale Cabaret · 2017

 
 

MAKER

THIS AMERICAN WIFE

Devising Dramaturg · 2015-Present · Collaboration with Michael Breslin & Patrick Foley (writer-performers)

Offering developmental support for This American Wife, a multi-media theater and dance work that investigates obsession, queerness, performance, and Reality through The Real Housewives series.

New Work / Production Dramaturg · Next Door at NYTW · Summer 2018

New Work / Production Dramaturg · Yale Cabaret · Spring 2017 & Fall 2017

 

CHARLES LUDLAM’S CAMILLE: A TRAVESTY ON LA DAME AUX CAMÉLIAS BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS FILS

Production Dramaturg · Yale Cabaret · 2018

Dir. Molly Fitzmaurice wit Michael Breslin

 

FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, PARTS 1, 2 & 3

Production Dramaturg · Yale Repertory Theatre & American Conservatory Theater · 2018

Dir. Liz Diamond

 

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

Production Dramaturg · Yale Summer Cabaret · 2017

Dir. Rory Pelsue

 

IF PRETTY HURTS UGLY MUST BE A MUHFUCKA

New Play / Production Dramaturg · Carlotta Festival of New Plays · 2017

Dir. Beth Dinkova

 

AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATH OF QUEENS…

Production Dramaturg · Yale Cabaret · 2016

Dir. Rory Pelsue

 

SEVEN GUITARS

Production Dramaturg · Yale Repertory Theatre · 2016

Dir. Timothy Douglas

 

AMY AND THE ORPHANS

New Play Dramaturg · Carlotta Festival of New Plays · 2016

Dir. Leora Morris

 

4000 MILES

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2015

Dir. Lila Neugebauer

 

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2015

Dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

 

WILD WITH HAPPY

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2014

Dir. Jeremy Cohen

 

STONES IN HIS POCKETS

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2014

Dir. Derek Goldman

 

DANCE OF THE HOLY GHOSTS

Production Dramaturg · Baltimore Center Stage · 2013

Dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah

 

BRUJA

Production Dramaturg · Borderlands · 2013

Dir. Eva Tessler

 

GUAPA

Assistant New Play Dramaturg · NNPN Rolling World Premiere · 2012-13

Dir. Barclay Goldsmith

 

Culture Shaker

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY COORDINATOR

Mobile Unit National · The Public · August 2018—Present

Coordinated programming tailor-made with and for the 18 Midwestern communities visited during the Public’s tour of Sweat, the first-ever Mobile Unit National project. Worked with Midwestern leaders to organize events before, during, and after the performance that centered local issues and united neighbors around their shared experiences of the play and in their region.

 

CO-ORGANIZER

#WikiTurgy · Everywhere there’s internet · Winter 2015

Co-organized and co-led the development and launch of #WikiTurgy, a national online Edit-A-Thon to augment parity and inclusion in Wikipedia's theater coverage.

 

FESTIVAL DRAMATURG

LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work · Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval · DePaul University · Summer 2015

Dramaturged six new plays for showcase readings as part of national festival for industry professionals.

 

HOST DRAMATURG & FACILITATOR

The Dramaturgy Open Office Hours Project · Baltimore/DC/Twitter · 2014-15

Produced, hosted, and documented free weekly office hours online and in-person, featuring guest dramaturgs in the spirit of open access as well as dialogue across disciplines and communities.

 

COORDINATOR

Wright-Right-Now · Baltimore Center Stage · 2013-15

Produced new play series in which the general public commissioned local playwrights for instant and customized one-minute plays through Center Stage.

Extended series from pre-show lobby to special events and public spaces.

 

VOLUNTEER

Education-Based Latino Outreach (EBLO) & Weinberg Housing and Resource Center · 2013-15

Co-led weekly theater workshops and activities for Baltimore Latinx youth ages 8-18 at EBLO, culminating in biannual community performances.

Led biweekly classes on improvisation and effective communication for Baltimore homeless at Weinberg.

 

FESTIVAL DRAMATURG

Borderlands & El Círculo Teatral (México) · 2013-14

Facilitated Un Encuentro: Theater of the Borderlands, a transnational festival between Tucson, AZ, and México, D.F.

Provided new play and production dramaturgy for two world premiere works by US and Mexican playwrights.

 

Education

Yale School of Drama

M.F.A. Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism
May 2018

artEquity

Facilitator Training · 2016
Beyond Diversity: Equity & Inclusion · 2015

 

Carnegie Mellon University

B.F.A. Dramaturgy with University & College Honors · December 2012

B.A. Hispanic Studies with University Honors · December 2012

 

Skills


Quick with the clapback, bilingual speaker and translator (English, Spanish)

Generative/devising dramaturgy, new play development, production dramaturgy, freelance dramaturgy, arts & culture criticism

Editing, research, collaboration, script analysis

Program notes, copy-editing

Equity Diversity & Inclusion facilitation

 

Honors & Awards

Pierre-André Salim Prize for “artistry, professionalism, collaborative energy, & commitment to the community”

Yale School of Drama · 2018

Scholarship Recipient

Urban Bush Women's Summer Leadership Institute · 2017

Listed in TCG’s “Role Call: 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know”

American Theatre October 2016

LMDA Dramaturg-Driven Grant · 2014

Encuentro Attendance Grant

Latinx Theater Commons · 2014

NALAC National Leadership Institute Fellow · 2014

Student Dramaturgy Award

LMDA & Kennedy Center · 2013

Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar · 2012

Gold Standard Scholarship Fund · 2012

SROP Thesis Nominated for Exemplary Research Citation · 2010