Katherine Adamenko is a performance artist, butoh dancer, actress and writer. She has worked extensively in both traditional and experimental theatre and dance, presenting original work in theaters, galleries, museums, festivals, and conferences throughout the US and Europe.
With three solo shows under her belt, (Ladies Who Go Bump in the Night self-produced in England, the Story of a Phallus Woman produced by Obie Award-winning Theater for the New City, and Escaping Biology), Katherine has created her own brand of feminist cabaret performance art fusing gender politics and satirical musical theatre resulting in humorous and biting social critiques.
With a keen eye on disrupting traditional notions of viewing, she produces unique audience experiences with performances in unconventional site-specific locations from storefronts (I Believe) and laps of academic conference-goers (Moving Boundaries, Moving Bodies) to her own bathroom, closet, and kitchen (the Red Light District of My Bathroom, Combat Confessions, and La Guapa Gorging Geisha).
As a traditional actress, singer and dancer she has appeared in numerous regional and Off-Off Broadway productions including leading roles for playwrights Arthur Sainer (Celebration Reclaimed) and Esmail Esmail (Halma and Raina), in featured roles at the historic Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan under founder and director Jack Ragotzy (Odd Couple, Hair, and Music Man and Guys and Dolls with Tom Wopat), and as part of the CBGB Improv Group at the CBGB's 313 Gallery formally located in NYC.
Throughout her career, she is fortunate to have collaborated and worked with an international array of artists including performance artists Pablo Helguera (Well Tempered Exposition - Performa 11) and Guillermo Gomez Pena (Museum of Fetishized Identities), butoh artists Diego Pinon (Butoh Ritual Mexicano) and Vangeline (Carousel, Voom, Tropic of Cancer).
Teaching workshops international culture lab
harpist Mia Theodoratus, sculptor Sylvia Nagy, and and Diego Pinon, institutions such as Theatre for the New City and the International Culture Lab, and at venues such as MOMA, Aberystwyth Ceridegion Museum, BWAC, HERE, PS 122, and Galapagos Art Space.
Her performance writings have been published in both journal and book form.
She earned her BA in Dance and joint Political Science/History from Rutgers University and her MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice from the University of Essex in England.
Katherine Adamenko is a performance artist, Butoh dancer, and experimental scholar/practitioner. Her solo work fuses feminism, gender politics and satire to create humorous and biting social critiques. She enjoys disrupting her audiences by performing in site-specific locations such as in storefronts, kitchens, bathrooms, or on the laps of academic conference-goers. She’s worked with artists such as Guillermo Gomez Pena, Diego Pinion, Vangeline Theatre, and the International Culture Lab, and at venues such as MOMA, Aberystwyth Ceridegion Museum, BWAC, HERE, and Galapagos in NYC. She earned her BA in Dance and joint Political Science/History from Rutgers University and her MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice from the University of Essex in England. She is a nationally certified fitness expert and served as the Director of Exhibitions for the NYC Police Museum post 9/11.
Katherine Adamenko is a dynamic and diverse actress, writer and performance artist. Originally trained as a classical ballerina, Katherine began her acting career at Rutgers University after a dance injury. She embraced theatre wholly, training in NYC with Off-Broadway pioneer Gene Frankel, obtaining her Equity Eligibility at the historic Barn Theatre, and continuing her education across the Atlantic Ocean to study contemporary theatre in England. After a decade-long successful career in experimental performance, Katherine is returning the commercial world of theatre, film, and television.
Katherine is currently a writer and producer with Under the Radar Productions, having co-created and completed a treatment package and script for a new one-hour weekly drama.
For the past 10 years, her satirical smart and sexy one-woman shows, physical theatre, performance art, and poetry has been presented throughout the United States and Europe in numerous theatres, galleries, museums, and festivals. Original full length works include The Story of a Phallus Woman, produced by Obie Award-winning Theater for the New City, and performance art musical work Ladies Who Go Bump in the Night, produced in England.
Venues include Chashama, Galapagos Art Space, CSV Cultural Center, Webster Hall, and the Wow Café Theatre in NYC, and internationally at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester, England, and with Guillermo Gomez-Peña at the Ceredigion Museum in Aberstwyth, Wales.
She has studied acting with Off-Broadway Pioneer Gene Frankel, Avra Petrides, and Sandy Morris at HB Studios, and in the UK with Mike Alfreds, Zofia Kalniska, Jean Marlowe, and at the Actors Center in London. Katherine holds a BA in Modern Dance and Joint Political Science/History from Rutgers University and an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice from the University of Essex in England.
Katherine Adamenko is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, teacher, director, writer, and producer. Her boundary-breaking interactive physical theater, performance art, and one-woman shows have been presented throughout the United States and Europe in theatres, galleries, festivals, conferences and site-specific locations.
Original full length works include the satirical cabaret performance art piece The Story of a Phallus Woman, the multi-character, musical promenade work Ladies Who Go Bump in the Night, and excerpts from the dramatic work-in-progress For Her Own Good: Chronicles of Women and Madness. Other solo works include the fiber-optic La Chanteuse d'Opera, La Guapa Gorging Geisha, The Red Light District of My Bathroom, The Altar of Ultimate Phallacy, CENSORED, War Haikus/Haikus for War, Salome Jones, and The Cheerleader and the Truth.
Venues and festivals include HOWL festival, Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, DUMBO Dance Festival, the Jackie Factory, Theater for the New City, Galapagos Art Space, the Slipper Room, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Webster Hall, and the Wow Café Theatre in NYC, in San Francisco at Cellspace and the Museum of the Legion of Honor, and internationally at the Trinity Studios Gallery in Colchester, England and with Guillermo Gomez Peña at the Ceredigion Museum in Aberstwyth, Wales, and numerous site-specific locations.
As a professional actress, singer and dancer she has appeared in numerous regional and Off-Off Broadway productions including lead roles for playwrights Arthur Sainer and Mark Zagorin, in featured roles in musical theatre and dramatic productions at the historic Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan, and for Canadian filmmaker Albert Nerenberg.
Curatorial credits include the 2005 Lower East Side Festival of the Arts at Theater for the New City and the Salon Series of Experimental Performance and Art at the University of California (UC) Davis. Katherine also served as Director of Exhibitions at the New York City Police Museum, where she curated one of New York City’s first permanent 9/11-related exhibitions, receiving national print and media recognition and a curatorial award of excellence from the Policewomen's Endowment Association.
As an arts educator, Katherine has taught creative movement and theater workshops throughout public schools in NYC for children and adults with special needs, teens and with the AIDS Theater Project and Jacques D’Amboise at the National Dance Institute. She also served as lecturer and workshop leader in the Departments of Theater and Dance and Environmental Design at UC, Davis.
Katherine has also been involved in numerous collaborations with fellow artists from around the world. Most recently, she is the co-founder of Neuvo Butoh Arpa with electric harpist Mia Theodoratus, a Butoh dance -electric harp collective performing original works such as Madman May and Sickness in premiere venues across NYC.
Katherine currently performs and trains with the Vangeline Theater (a post-Butoh company), most recently seen at PS122. She also is a member of the Cilla Vee Movement Projects and performs throughout NYC in theatres and site-specific locations.
Awards include artistic residency at the Obie award-winning Theater for the New City, academic fellowship at the University of California (UC), Davis in the Department of Theatre and Dance, and recipient of production, lecture, and travel grants to develop artistic and academic work at UC, Davis and at the University of Essex in England.
She has studied with American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Paul Taylor Modern Dance Company, Gene Frankel Studio, HB Studios, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Bobby Baker, and Butoh masters Ko Murabushi and Akira Kasai. Her boundary-pushing physical performance poetry papers have also been presented at numerous academic conferences and have been published in both journal and anthology mediums. Katherine holds a BA in Modern Dance and Joint Political Science/History from Rutgers University and an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice from the University of Essex in England.