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Kaja Dunn is an an intimacy professional, director, actor, and activist as well as an Associate Professor of Anti-Racist and Culturally Competent Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.




Kaja Dunn, is an intimacy professional, and associate professor of Anti Racist and Culturally Competent Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University as well as associate faculty at Theatrical Intimacy Education. Kaja is a member of SAG-AFTRA and an actor, director, and activist with performances in over 40 productions in 5 countries including Theatrical Outfit, Playmakers Rep, Moxie Theatre and others. Current favorite intimacy work includes American Prophet (Arena Stage), Choir Boy (Denver Center and ACT Seattle) Harlem (Amazon), Strange Loop (Broadway, associate Intimacy Director), The Best Man, The Final Chapter (Peacock). She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center’s National Medallion for her work on theatre and race. She has published in several journals about race and theatre, intimacy and co-authored a chapter in Arden Research Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance.

She has presented on issues of Equity and Diversity and theatre for theatre's and universities, Actor’s Equity Association as their racial consultant, The Women’s Theatre Festival, Blumenthal Performing Arts, MICHA, North Carolina Theatre Association (Keynote Panelist), Children’s Theatre Charlotte, Anti-Racism and Decolonization at University of London Goldsmiths, SETC and SETC Theatre Symposium, KCATF and The Association of Theatre in Higher Education, among other places. She is on the Executive Board of the Black Theatre Network and a former executive member of Black Theatre Association. She was recently interviewed in American Theatre Magazine around issues of Race and Theatre education. She is a proud mother to three amazing kiddos. You can find out more at her website kajadunn.com.



Parent Artists & the Pandemic

Parent Artists & the Pandemic

Kaja Dunn holding one of her sons
Taking a Pause in Response to a COVID-19 World

Taking a Pause in Response to a COVID-19 World

8 April 2020

Kaja Dunn reflects on how quickly the world turned upside down with COVID-19 and offers a simple idea before rushing into to creating new work: take a breath and allow for a moment to process all that is happening.