Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Kathryn Bentley

St. Louis, Missouri


Kathryn Bentley is a professional actor and director and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has worked with theater companies such as the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, HotCity Theatre, New York based Blackberry Productions, Portland Stage, Cleveland Playhouse and Buffalo Studio Arena. Kathi was instrumental in developing the CHIPS In Motion program in St. Louis that utilizes the arts to teach the community about health and wellness. She is currently a consultant for that program. Her performing and scholarly endeavors have allowed for her to travel to Prague in the Czech Republic and to Suriname in South America. Currently, she is researching the Du Theatre of the Afro-Surinamese and is engaged in collaborative research with Anthropology Professor Aminata Cairo on the intersection of Theatre and Anthropology. Kathi is 2002 graduate of the Community Artist Training Program and she is currently part of the esteemed faculty of the TIGER program.


Training to do the Work: Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 1:30 pm
Top Floor : Starlight Room

A national model since 1997 and the oldest sustained training of its kind in the country, the CAT Institute facilitates cross-sector training of community art partners. Strong arts programs that amplify the voices of communities, regenerate neighborhoods and create significant vehicles for positive social change are among the Institute’s goals.