Assistant Professor of Theater, Performance Studies
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Athens University; MA Athens University; PhD Paris I – Panthéon/Sorbonne University
Research Areas: public works; socially engaged art; installation; post-documentary theaters
Aikaterini (Katia) Arfara received her PhD in Art History from Paris I – Panthéon/Sorbonne University in 2006. She holds a BA in Classical Studies (Athens University) and a BA and a MA in Theatre Studies (Athens University). Her current research interests include socially engaged art and research-based public works. As the Theatre and Dance Artistic Director of the Onassis Stegi in Athens from 2013 to 2018, she initiated and curated numerous interdisciplinary events and international festivals such as the Fast Forward that commissioned site-specific projects at the intersection of art, science and civic practice. She has lectured extensively in France and Greece. Professor Arfara is a Fulbright fellow, a DAAD and Clemens Heller scholar and a member of the Intermediality working group of the IFTR and of CIMAM. Her essays at the crossroads of theatre, performance and contemporary art have appeared in French, English, Spanish, Arabic, and Greek in various journals and critical anthologies.