Kathryn Hamilton is an artist based in New York and Istanbul. She is the founder of Sister Sylvester, a performance group. Recent productions include Three Rooms at Shubbak Festival, London; They Are Gone… at The Public Theater for Under The Radar's Incoming! series; Welcome at Alt Bomonti gallery in Istanbul; The Maids’ The Maids at Abrons Arts Center; The Fall at The Park Avenue Armory, as part of the Under Construction Series; Dead Behind These Eyes (NYT critic’s pick) at Sing Sing Karaoke; Science Fiction at Köşe. Her work has been reviewed by New York Times, New Yorker, Time Out, Village Voice, American Theater Magazine, Performance Art Journal, Hyperallergic, Culturebot, among other publications. She has received grants from LMCC, BAC, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and has been a resident at The Public Theater's Devised Theater Working Group; Salem Art Works; Park Avenue Armory; Flux Factory, Queens; and Spread Art, Detroit, among others. She is currently a part of Lift Festival's Urban Heat program for social practice artists. She has taught or mentored students at Columbia University, NYU and Boğaziçi, Istanbul; and she spent the years 2011-13 in disguise as a french diplomat in New York.


Kathryn Hamilton

2009 MFA Columbia University, USA
2005 BA Hons. Cambridge University, UK

Selected Works:

Three Rooms, Arcola Theater, Shubbak Festival, London, UK
Maps For A War Tourist, Dixon Place, NY
Maps For A War Tourist, Mount Tremper Arts, NY

They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain, The Public Theater, Under The Radar Festival, NY
The Stranger Question, Lofft, Leipzig
The Stranger Queston,  Landungsbruecken, Frankfurt
The Stranger Question, Theater Wrede, Oldenburg
Welcome, curated by Mari Spirito and Gokcan Demirkan, Alt Bomonti, Istanbul.

Hosti-pitil-ity, Kose, Istanbul
School In The Corner, Kose, Istanbul
They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain, JACK, NY
Make Like It's Yours, Torn Page Studio, NY

Werner Herzog on Wrestlemania, with Sister Sylvester, The Chauncey, Brooklyn, New York
The Maids The Maids, Abrons Arts Center NY
The Fall, Park Avenue Armory, NY
Dead Behind These Eyes, Sing Sing Karaoke Parlor, NY

Bilim-Kurgu / Science Fiction, Kose, Istanbul
Terence Project, Spread Arts, Detroit

Hideouts for Time, Compendium Technics, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY
Look Back In, Dixon Place

Or the Whale, Bushwick Project for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Box Man, various locations in NYC

Play America, St. Cecilia’s Convent, New York
Box Man, various locations in NYC

The Screens, Riverside Church
The Screens, Salem Art Works
Box Man, various locations in NYC


Selected Bibliography:

Islington Gazette
- Three Rooms at Shubbak Festival
New York Times - Maps For A War Tourist, Rewritten by a Real Tragedy
Culturebot - A Slow And Steady Commotion
Exeunt - Maps For A War Tourist

American Theater Magazine
- Humanity, Horror, and a Live Chicken

New York Times - Looks Like A Chicken, But It's A Meaningful Stand-in
Culturebot - Chicken Tenders, They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain
American Theater Magazine - 14 Theatrical Plans To Change The World
Huffington Post - Sister Sylvester Explores The Link Between Art And Activism

Time Out New York
- The Maids The Maids at Abrons Arts Center
Culturebot - Invisibility and Power, The Maids The Maids
New Yorker - The Maids The Maids Review
Village Voice - The Maids The Maids is Just What It Sounds Like
Hyperallergic - Domestic Workers Air Their Dirty Laundry Onstage
The New York Times - Interpreting The Maids Through A Shifting Societal Lens
PAJ - A Journal of Performance And Art, MIT Press - When The Carnival Ends
New York Times - Critics Pick - Dead Behind These Eyes
Chance Magazine - The Maids The Maids
Exeunt - The Comfort Of Strangers
Exeunt - Invisible No Longer



Mount Tremper Arts, 
Upstate New York, 2017
The Public Theater, Devised Theater Working Group, NYC, 2015-16
Kose, Istanbul, 2015
Park Avenue Armory, NYC, 2014
Pausa, San Sebastian, 2013
Spread Arts, Detroit, 2012
Flux Factory, NYC, 2010
Salem Art Works, New York State, 2009 and 2014