Dr Katie Gardner

Dr Katie Gardner


I joined Leeds as Lecturer in Arts-based Pedagogical Practices in 2022 on a joint appointment with the School of Music and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. I am the programme lead for the PGDip in Performing Arts Education, which is delivered in partnership with Opera North, and I teach across performance, musicology, and opera modules. My research and creative practices are broadly situated at the intersection of opera and circus arts, with a particular interest in examining the interdependent relationships and tensions between voice, bodily action, and technology in live performance.
My current pedagogical research is focused on inclusive and equitable approaches to teaching with eXtended Reality (XR) and biodata technologies. I undertook my MFA studies in VoiceArts at California Institute of the Arts and my doctoral research in Music at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. Prior appointments include Lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Ashmolean Junior Teaching Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Digital Learning Producer at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, where I contributed to the Erasmus+ funded Accelerate: Accessible Immersive Learning for Art and Design project. Performance highlights include production performance contracts with Disney Cruise Lines, and world premieres of new music and theatre works at REDCAT, the Hammer Museum, and Highways at Santa Monica in Los Angeles, CA.


  • Programme Lead PGDip Performing Arts Education
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  • DPhil, The Queen's College, University of Oxford
  • MFA, California Institute of the Arts
  • PGCert TLHE, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • BA, Kent State University

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Royal Musical Association