Welcome! I am an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and teacher working at the intersection of four academic fields: theatre studies, performance studies, disability studies, and mad studies. Specifically, I focus on the performativity of mental disability and its representation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
I share my research in publications, presentations, workshops, and performances in professional and community-based settings, including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Comparative Drama Conference and the American Society for Theatre Research, where I recently served as a vice president for the graduate student caucus. My most recent publications have appeared in Theatre Topics and The International Review of Qualitative Research.
This work has been made possible through generous support from a variety of professional organizations, including the Theatre and Social Change (TASC) Working Group at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS), and, most recently, a year-long fellowship from The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation at The Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly The Woodrow Wilson Foundation).
I am currently in my final semester as a PhD candidate in the Performance as Public Practice Program at The University of Texas at Austin, where I am completing my dissertation on performances of historical trauma created by survivors, artists, and mental health professionals at Oregon State Hospital (1883-present), one of the oldest continuously-operating psychiatric institutions in the United States.