Penn State Harrisburg

Catherine A. Rios, M.F.A.

· Associate Director; Humanities
· Associate Professor of Communications and Humanities; Humanities
· Program Coordinator, Minor in Communications


Ms. Rios joined Penn State Harrisburg in 2003. She is an award winning writer and filmmaker. In collaboration with other directors, she has shot documentary, narrative, and experimental films that have appeared at many international film festivals, and have been broadcast in the U.S. and Europe.

Research Interests

Recent projects include the short film "What Ana Left Behind," written and directed by Ms. Rios, and the experimental film "an explanation, and then burn the ashes," by Annemarie Jacir, which screened at London's Tate Museum in May 2007.

Her fiction includes the short story "Open Season," which received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and First Prize in Fiction at the Orchid Literary Review. Open Season was performed at the InterAct Theater in Philadelphia in 2006.

Courses Taught

Ms. Rios teaches courses in video and audio production, creative non-fiction writing and film theory.