Catherine Itzin

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Catherine Lenore Itzin (29 May 1944, in Iowa City, Iowa, USA – 9 March 2010[1]), also known as Cathy Itzin, was a critic specialising in alternative theatre and later an advisor on women's issues.

Itzin emigrated to Britain in the late 1960s and completed an MPhil at University College London and a PhD at the University of Kent some years later.[1] A co-editor of Theatre Quarterly[2] until 1977[3] she began the Alternative Theatre Directory as a short section of the journal in 1971; the directory itself had become a substantial periodical by 1975.[4] She was drama critic of Tribune for a decade or so, and wrote a history of the alternative theatre movement, published as Stages in the Revolution: Political Theatre in Britain Since 1968 (1980).

She was an Honorary Research Fellow in the Violence, Abuse and Gender Relations Research Unit, Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bradford.

The editor of Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties, a collection of essays published by Oxford University Press which explores the impact pornography has on the perception and treatment of women.[citation needed] She was for a time a member of the Executive Committee of the Liberty pressure group.

Itzin died in 2010, aged 65, from duodenal cancer. She was survived by her husband, Wojciech Itzin-Borowy, and their children, Caitlin and Nicholas, as well as her mother, brother and sister.


  1. ^ a b Julie Bindel Obituary: Catherine Itzin, The Guardian, 12 April 2010
  2. ^ Simon Trussler "Under Review", Tribune, 9 April 1971
  3. ^ Simnon Trussler "'Theatre Quarterly' and 'New Theatre Quarterly': An Annotated Contents and Author Index, 1971-1999", in Clive Barker and Simno Trussler (eds.) New Theatre Quarterly (NTQ 60), p.344
  4. ^ "Cathy Itzin" Archived 2012-06-30 at the Wayback Machine., Unfinished Histories, nd [2010]