I am an artist and academic working at the intersection of performance, science, and material culture. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD at Brown University, where I am affiliated with the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and Brown’s Program in Science and Technology Studies. Through Brown’s Open Graduate Education Program, I am also completing a secondary masters degree in Cultural Anthropology.
My research focuses on the performative aspects of experimental facsimiles, replicas, models, and simulations in science and art. Through these acts of re-making, I try to identify the historical vestiges of theatre that make "the copy" more than a mere representation, but a specific way of re-performing reality in order to explicitly frame its epistemic, ontic, and aesthetic features.
More specifically, my dissertation focuses on the making of replicas and facsimiles in the present-day conservation of cultural heritage, where the scientific logic of an experimental system interacts with the aesthetic semblance of theatre. I am interested in what happens when digital remakes disturb our commonly held divisions between real and ideal, past and present, singular and the multiple. My case studies include the scientific restoration of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals, the precision-manufactured facsimiles of world heritage sites by Factum Arte, and the digital replicating practices of archaeologists and conservators.
My fields of study include the history of theatre and art, performance philosophy and aesthetics, the history of science, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. I also have a professional background in directing experimental performance and designing exhibit experiences for museums. I have an MA in Performance Studies from Brown University, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Theatre from Trinity University.
Prior to returning to academia, I worked at ESI Design in New York City. In 1997, I co-founded Liminal, a Portland, Oregon based performance and media ensemble. As Liminal's artistic director, I received three Portland Drama Critics Circle Awards for best direction and design of Liminal projects.