Kate Dobbs Ariail has written extensively about the arts since 1988 for many publications, with her specialties being dance, theater and the visual arts, particularly fine crafts. A long-time resident of downtown Durham, she is a seasoned observer of the Triangle's arts development and covers dance and theater throughout the area, as well as making occasional forays elsewhere in the state.
Kate was a 2009 NEA Fellow in Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival. She holds an MFA degree from Syracuse University in studio art and a BFA in design from UNC-Greensboro. Her "way in" to the performing arts is intensely visual, and her writing is often marked by its descriptive qualities. She has loved ballet and dance since age five and discovered the power of theater at fifteen. She sees as many performances as she can, both imported and local.
Currently, Kate divides her time between Durham and Washington, DC, which allows her the opportunity to put the Triangle’s artistic offerings in a larger context.
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