Curriculum Vitae

Employment

Assistant Professor, Theatre Department, Reed College, Portland, OR.
2012–present.

Education

Ph.D., Performance Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

  • Dissertation:
    • From Farm to Table to Stage: Performing Food Politics
  • Committee:
    • Shannon Jackson, Director (Theater, Dance and Performance Studies and Rhetoric)
    • Brandi Wilkins Catanese (Theater, Dance and Performance Studies and African American Studies)
    • Richard Walker (Geography)
    • Julie Guthman (Community Studies, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz)

M.A., Performance Studies, New York University, 2005

B.A., History, Macalester College, 2000

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Socially Engaged and Community-Based Theater
  • 20th and 21st Century American Theater
  • Performance Theory
  • Race and Gender Theory
  • Food and Performance
  • Acting
  • Directing

Publications

“A Politics of the Sensory: Slow Food meets Fast Futurism in the Performative Dinners of OPENrestaurant,” Theatre Annual (under review).

“Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (review),” TDR: The Drama Review Volume 59, Issue 2 (Summer 2015).

Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response (review),” Theatre Journal 64, no. 3 (2012).

“Conscientious Abjection: Performative Protest and the Revolting Body,” Theatre Annual (Winter 2012).

Performance Practice

Director/Co-Creator, We Are BRAVE, a community-based theatre project in collaboration with Western States Center and BRAVE: Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity (in development), Portland, 2015–2016.

Director, My Walk Has Never Been Average (staged reading), by Roberta Hunte and Bonnie Ratner, Portland Playhouse, Fertile Ground Festival, Portland, 2014.

Dramaturg/Assistant DirectorMother Mother: a journalistic theatre piece, by Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble and Sojourn Theater. Portland, 2013.

Director, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, Mainstage Theatre, Reed College, Portland, OR, 2013.

Director/Co-Creator, Generation 9-11: So Far/So Close, written and performed by Chris Wolfe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2011 and The Tank, New York City, September 2011.

Director, Lab Run: An Evening of Experimental Performance, by UC Berkeley Theater, Dance and Performance Studies Graduate Students, UC Berkeley 2010.

Director, Slaughter City, by Naomi Wallace, UC Berkeley, Mainstage, 2010.

Puppeteer, A Holtville Nights Dream, by Alison Carey, Cornerstone Theater Summer Residency, Holtville, CA, 2007.

Assistant Director, Continuous City, a residency at UC Berkeley by the Builders Association, dir. by Marianne Weems, UC Berkeley, Mainstage, 2007.

Director, Two Altars, Ten Funerals (All Souls), by Erik Ehn, UC Berkeley, 2006.

Director/Creator, Blood, Wounds, and Fire, Lab Run 2005, UC Berkeley, 2005.

Creator/Performer, The Language Remains, The Flea Theater, New York City, 2005.

Puppeteer, E. O. 9066, written and dir. by Liebe Wetzel, Lunatique Fantastique, EXIT Theatre, San Francisco, 2003.

Producer, Puppet Love!: Radical Puppet Festival, San Francisco, multiple venues including Cellspace, SOMArts Theatre, and CounterPulse, 2002–2007.

Puppeteer/Co-Creator, Behind Every Bird, dir. by K. Ruby, Wise Fool Community Arts, Oakland, 2002.

ActorSustainable Resources Theatre Project, a Forum theater project written and dir. by Josef Evans, Minneapolis, 2000.

Grants and Honors

  • Summer Research Fund Award, Reed College, 2013, 2014
  • Stillman Drake Award for Faculty Development, Reed College, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Eisner Prize for Continuing Creative Achievement in Directing, UC Berkeley, 2011
  • Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Theatrical Talent, UC Berkeley, 2008, 2010
  • The Mask and Dagger Memorial Prize for Extraordinary Contributions to Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley, 2007
  • Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2005–2007

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, Reed College

  • Theatre 161 Applied Performance Techniques
  • Theatre 210 Acting Lab
  • Theatre 240 Race and Identity in American Theatre
  • Theatre 260 Theatre History II: Naturalism to Now
  • Theatre 290 Intro to Performance Studies
  • Theatre 310 Contemporary Performance Techniques
  • Theatre 331 Directing I
  • Theatre 396: Puppetry and the Performing Object

Lecturer, California College of the Arts, 2011

  • ANIMA270 Acting for Animators

Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, 2009–2012

  • TDPS 203 Text, Space and Bodies: Lab Run
  • TDPS 25AC The Drama of American Cultures: Race, Gender and Performance
  • TDPS 11 Scene Study and Characterization
  • TDPS 10 Introduction to Acting
  • TDPS R1A Introduction to Dramatic Literature: Social Protest Performance in the United States
  • TDPS R1B Introduction to Dramatic Literature: Staging Gender: From Antiquity to the Early 1900s

Invited Speaker

Panelist, “Applied Theatre in the Americas,” Environmental Affairs Symposium, Lewis & Clark, Portland, OR, 2014.

Symposium Respondent, “Seniors, Sexuality, & Spirituality: A Symposium for Art & Social Change,” Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, TBA Festival, 2014.

Panel respondent to RATIONS: a new performance about food and eating, directed by Professor Beth Cleary, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. April 19–20, 2013.

Conferences

Co-session leader, Career Session: Diversity in Small Liberal Arts Colleges, American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR), Portland, OR, 2015.

“Setting the Stage for ALL Voices:  Remembering Diversity in Teaching and Production,” panel, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Montreal, Canada, 2015.

“The Communal Norm: The Question of ‘Community’ in Theatre and Performance Discourse,” American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR), Dallas, TX, 2013.

Co-convener of working group: “The Common Good: Articulating Theatre and Performance in Precarious Times,” American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR), Dallas, TX, 2013.

“Enemy Kitchen: The Critical Conviviality of Consumption, ”Performance Studies international (PSi). Palo Alto, CA. June 2013.

“Rethinking the Conviviality of Consumption,” American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR), Nashville, TN, 2012.

Co-convener of working group: “Interrogating the Romance of Community Theater and Performance,” American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR), Nashville, TN, 2012.

“The ‘Culinary’ Theatre of Light Box’s Milk-n-Honey,” Moveable Feasts Working Group, American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR), Montreal, 2011.

“Slow Food/ Fast Futurism: OPEN Restaurant’s Gastro-Aesthetic Intervention into Art and Politics,” Moveable Feasts Working Group, American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR), Seattle, 2010.

“Performing Food Politics: The Aesthetics of Change in the Land of Milk-n-Honey,” Moveable Feasts Working Group, American Society for Theatre Research Conference (ASTR) Puerto Rico, 2009.

OPEN Restaurant: An Art Intervention in Food and Politics,” Tasting Histories Conference, sponsored by the UC Davis Humanities Institute and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, Davis, CA, 2009.

Touchable Stories: Locating an Aesthetics of Activism”, Performance Studies international Conference (PSi), New York City, 2007.

“Punch In, Throw Up, Disappear,” panelist, American Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE), Chicago, August 2006.

“Revolting Bodies: Performing abjection in a time of war,” Performance Studies international Conference (PSi), London, June 2006.

Service

Reed College:

  • Division of the Arts, secretary, 2014–15, fall 2015
  • Locher committee, 2015
  • American Studies committee, 2014–15, fall 2105
  • Lit-Theatre committee, 2014–15, fall 2105
  • Theatre search committee (visiting theatre historian), 2014
  • Fellowships and Awards committee, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Theatre search committee (costumer), 2013–14
  • Music search committee (ethnomusicologist), 2012–13
  • Library board, 2012–13

Portland Community:

  • Board Member, The August Wilson Red Door Project, a non-profit organization committed to using the arts as a catalyst for creating a lasting, positive change in the racial ecology of Portland, 2012–present

 

Other Relevant Experience

  • Interactive Theatre Summer Institute, Portland, OR. Completed intensive training in Theatre of the Oppressed skills for campus and community organizations. July 2014.
  • California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA. Guest Artist. Taught acting workshop to animation students focused on creating original characters, status relationships, and transforming thought into playable action. November 2010 and March 2011.
  • Touchable Stories, Richmond, CA. Artist Liason. Assisted community-based artist Shannon Flattery who creates installation works in collaboration with local artists based on an extensive oral history gathering process. 2006–2007.
  • Wise Fool Community Arts Workshops, Berkeley, CA. Co-taught puppet-making workshops at a variety of venues, including puppet festivals and schools, for young people and for adults/teachers, 2001–2003.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Performance Studies international (PSi)
  • Theatre Communications Group (TCG)

Languages

Reading and speaking proficiency in Spanish