Katrina McPherson

Adjunct Assistant Professor.

Katrina is an award-winning director and screendance artist whose creative, scholarly and educational work is at the forefront of the international field. Having trained as a dancer and choreographer at Laban, London, an early career fascination with the collaborative possibilities of dance and the moving image led her to complete a post-graduate in Electronic Imaging (video art) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, laying the foundations of what would become a life-long, multi-faceted and influential engagement with dance on screen. 

Katrina’s collaborative films, installations and on-line works have been presented at venues and festivals worldwide. Since the early 1990’s, she been regularly awarded funding from public and private organisations, institutions and arts councils, including in 2002 being a recipient of the prestigious Creative Scotland Awardof £25,000 to an individual artist. A number of works directed by Katrina are held in collections including Lux Artists’ Moving Image UK, Routledge’s on-line Performance Archive and the British Council. Over a period of 15 years, Katrina was a director of arts programmes for UK television, making art documentary films for the BBC and Channel Four. 

Katrina has collaborated with numerous international dance artists including Sang Jijia (China/Tibet), Crystal Pite (Canada), Marc Brew (UK/US), Simon Ellis (NZ/UK), Harold Rheaume (Quebec) and Kirstie Simson (UK/US). Her approach remains at the cutting edge of concepts and technology and yet of great interest to the wider public. Katrina has recently been appointed as an Associate Artist at Dance Base in Edinburgh and is a Dance North Associate Artist.

Recent projects include Paysages Mixtes/Mixed Landscapes (2019), which she co-directed and performed with choreographer Harold Rheaume, funded by the British Council and the Quebec Ministry of Culture; And that is what you see us by (2018), a screendance installation made with Simon Ellis (University of Coventry) and Natalia Barua, funded by Creative Scotland; In Motion (2018), a series of documentaries showcasing Scottish dance films which Katrina directed for BBC on-line; and we record ourselves (2016), a single screen dance film and 22-monitor screen dance installation commissioned by the Margaret Morris Archive. This film was re-worked for the 10-meter high MediaWall at Bath Spa University as part of theJournal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network Annual Symposium in June 2017.

Katrina has taught screendance and related subjects, both practice-based and academic, in the UK, Australia, Germany, USA, Canada and China.  As well as being Visiting Teacher of Screendance at the University of Utah, Katrinais a Visiting Lecturer on the post-graduate dance course at Bath Spa University, England, on the BA and MA courses in Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland. 

Katrina is the author of Making Video Dance, a step-by-step guide to creating dance for the screen (Routledge, 2006) which remains the only practical workbook for screendance and is used as a core text for courses at universities worldwide. The second edition of Making Video Dancewas published in 2018.