On April 19, 2017, the University of Utah Department of Theatre welcomed historian Judy Barrett Litoff and visiting artist-scholar Kamella Tate for an Open Studio presentation and conversation about the women who served – and what the humanities can help us learn about the experience of war.



In One Woman’s War in China: An American Red Cross Club Director in World War II, Dr. Judy Barrett Litoff told the story of Red Cross volunteer Rita Pilkey’s service in the China-Burma-India theatre.

In selections from her new work-in-progress, Articles of War, Kamella Tate gathered historical and personal narratives to bring to life the experiences of women who served during WWII.


Judy Barrett Litoff, PhD – Scholar/Writer/Educator; Humanities and Historical Advisor
A highly distinguished historian, educator, and lecturer, Bryant University professor Barrett Litoff is the author of 14 hardcover books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, and reviews in women’s history – including We’re in This War, Too (1994, with co-author David C. Smith), the collection of letters at the heart of Articles of War. In addition to her pioneering work on the history of midwifery, her research and writing has focused particularly on the experiences of American women during World War II. She appears frequently in the media, and served as a consultant for the acclaimed PBS documentary, The Perilous Fight: America’s World War II In Color (2002). Included in her many innovative projects h  as been a nationwide effort to build an archive of 30,000 wartime letters written by American women – both civilian and military.

Kamella Tate, MFA, EdD – Visiting Artist-Scholar; Creator/Performer
An actor, writer, director, producer, and educator in theatre and the cultural sector for 35 years, Tate’s career has encompassed multiple seasons at regional theatres such as Ashland, Denver Center, Alaska Repertory, South Coast Repertory, and Berkeley and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, as well as staff positions at Pacific Resident Theatre, Shakespeare Orange County, Tacoma Actors Guild, and The Music Center. Devised and narrative projects have included both recital and full productions of literary adaptations – Smollett’s The Adventures of Roderick Random and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, among others – along with performances of textual collages and short stories. In addition to her work in the arts, she is Owner/Principal of KTA LLC, consulting across the U.S. on practice-based research methods, nonprofit management, and program evaluation.

Coltyn Robert Giltner Producer/Research Associate
Giltner received his BFA from the Actor Training Program in 2017. In addition to appearing in many University productions (including the 2015 KCACTF Region 8 Festival), he has performed with Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Flying Bobcat, The Grand Theatre, Silver Summit, and Salt Lake Shakespeare. In 2017, Giltner represented the ATP at the Utah Theatre Association Conference, and served as an intern with Artsforce, a College of Fine Arts program designed to develop networking skills and foster professional relationships. He’ll be returning this summer to direct at the College of Southern Idaho/Random Acts of Theatre Summer Theatre Camp, and will also be teaching at the Zona Gale Young People’s Theatre Workshop. This fall, he’ll be heading to Milwaukee to join the company of First Stage Children’s Theatre.

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