Katie Pearl is a director, playwright, and social practice artist whose work is fueled by the belief that personal encounter and creative exchange are necessary to maintain a humane world. Her projects range from plays to interactive installation to community-wide collaborations, and often invite audiences and participants into radically imaginative situations that playfully challenge traditional structures and norms. As co-Artistic Director of PearlDamour, the interdisciplinary company she shares with playwright Lisa D’Amour, Katie has co-created, directed, and sometimes performed in a body of work spanning 18 years and 13 cities. PearlDamour’s recognition includes an OBIE Award (Nita & Zita), a Creative Capital Award (How to Build a Forest), four Multi-Arts Production Fund grants (LandMark, Terrible Things, How to Build a Forest), and two NEA Our Town grants (Milton). Projects in development include a Steinberg Commission from the Trinity Rep, a new PearlDamour project commissioned by the American Repertory Theatre and the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and The Rest I Make Up, a new documentary she is co-producing about the visionary theater artist Maria Irene Fornes, to be released in the summer of 2017. Katie received her MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University in 2015. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University and an Anschutz Fellow at Princeton, where her teaching and research focus on the concept of the Artist-Citizen.