Kathleen Mulligan is an actress, vocal coach, and Associate Professor of Voice and Speech. As a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, she has performed with The Acting Company (Off-Broadway and National Tour), The American Repertory Theatre, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theaterfest, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, and most recently Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland, MI.
While a Resident Actress at Cornell University in 1992, she began teaching voice and speech for the stage, and went on to teach voice and acting at the University of Illinois and PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria, CA before joining the faculty at Ithaca College.
In 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru grant to Kerala, India for her project "Finding Women's Voices”, focusing on the empowerment of women through voice. She has continued this work in several Fulbright Specialist grants to Pakistan since 2012. Her 2015 sabbatical project was entitled “Voices of Partition” and was funded by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, The Fulbright Organization, and Ithaca College. Drawing on interviews with survivors of the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, Mulligan and her husband David Studwell collaborated with Theatre Wallay in Islamabad to devise an original theatre production. The production opened in Islamabad in April 2015, performed in Lahore in May, and toured to Boston, MA, Ithaca College and Washington, D.C. in October 2015.
Beginning in November 2016 Kathleen, David, and fellow Fulbrighter Linda Alper will collaborate with Theatre Wallay on a new project "Common Ground", exploring the effect of violence on public spaces and community. This project will also be funded by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, and will tour to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artist's Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR, and throughout Pakistan.
Since 2010, Kathleen and David have managed their charitable organization “Wheels for Women”, which provides driver training to victims of domestic violence and the sex trade in Kerala, India.
Kathleen is the recipient of a World of Difference Award from The International Alliance of Women and a New Leader Group Award from the Institute of International Education.