Katie Elizabeth Apsey

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate; Operations & Programs Assistant, Center for Design and Material Culture

Email: apsey@wisc.edu

Katie Apsey’s dissertation reframes the dance work of contemporary Indigenous choreographers as transdisciplinary relational art – highlighting movement practices that intersect with social practice, political labor, visual art creation, community dialogue, curatorial work, and even feasting in order to activate relationships with territory, non-linear time, and (for settler audiences) ethical spectatorship.

Katie has worked as the Project Assistant for the Institute for Research in the Humanities, as Manager of Programs for the College Art Association, and as a professional dancer. She spent extensive time working at the Brooklyn Museum as an adult programs education fellow, a curatorial assistant for the Asian, African & Islamic Collections Division, and as part of the “Audience Engagement” team that developed the phone app “ASK.” Katie is also a practicing capoeirista and appreciates any invitation to a roda.

Primary Advisor(s)
Henry J. Drewal