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Graduate Hooding Guest Speaker

Considine photoKerri Ann Considine is a postdoctoral lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research focuses on dramatic literature, theatre, and performance studies with a specific concentration on the relationship between technology and the live body in performance.

Considine’s academic and professional career began in the theatre and has continued to unfold through it. She received a BFA in theatre arts from the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, which led to an internship in the artistic department at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Before returning to academia, Considine spent time working in nonprofit and arts administration, running special events, and raising money for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

She earned a PhD and a Master of Arts in English at UT and held a graduate fellowship in the University of Tennessee Humanities Center during the 2016–17 academic year. In addition to teaching in both the UT English and theatre departments, she has worked with the Clarence Brown Theatre as a dramaturge and assisted with the research and development of several productions, including Top Girls and The Crucible. Last spring, she co-organized the event, Top Girls and Busy Bodies: Spotlight on Women’s Issues, which was sponsored by UT’s Commission for Women and the Department of Theatre in conjunction with the spring productions of Susanna Centlivre’s The Busy Body and Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls.

Considine also served as a research assistant for two major anthologies: The Norton Anthology of Drama, Second Edition, and The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama. Her performance review of the US premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone was published on ASAP/Journal’s online platform in June 2017, and her review of the Broadway production of Hand to God by Robert Askins appeared in Theatre Journal in March 2016.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Considine is grateful to her family for their love and support, especially to her husband, Sean. She would also like to thank the faculty and staff of the Departments of English and Theatre for their generosity and support.

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