Katherine Tanner Silverman

As a neurodivergent artist, Katherine encourages students to follow their impulses and to challenge conventional processes in their creative routine. She facilitates energetic spaces, fosters curiosity and nurtures generosity in order to enrich the research journey of the artist collective.


Katherine Tanner Silverman has embraced a renaissance theatre career holding various positions including director, education manager, instructor, facilitator, actor and producer.

During the Pandemic, Katherine served as the 2020 Festival Director for The International Voices Project during its first virtual season. She directed scenes from the new play Sita Burning by Ajitha Reddy for Chicago Dramatists. She co-devised Hindsight 2020, a show with an international cast, directed by Rebecca Haley Clark. Katherine is a co-producer of Collab24, a new, 24-hour devised theatre festival which brings national artists together to build supportive, creative networks. Katherine is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Mentalhaus, a devised theatre company that creates work rooted in themes of mental health.
In her current performance research, Katherine explores the intersections between the body in dialogue with the space it inhabits dubbed “the eternal space.”

Katherine holds an M.F.A. in European Devised Performance from Columbia College Chicago.