Chris McCoy

Chris’s research explores the intersection between politics and performance with an emphasis on queer performance and activism. He is also interested in the politics of representation in theatre and popular entertainments.


Chris McCoy’s research interests include activism as performance, queer performance, identity and performance, and theatre studies. Professionally, Chris has worked for many regional theatre and opera companies including the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, the Denver Center Theatre Company, OPERA America, Saint Louis Opera Theatre, San Diego Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera. As a teaching-artist Chris has worked with diverse communities using performance and theatre techniques to teach toward social change. Chris is also a director, choreographer, and performer whos work has been seen across the country.

Current Activities

Chris continues to serve as a director, choreographer, teaching artist, and lecturer as he pursues his PhD work at the University of California, Davis. Most recent projects include directing the bi-lingual Theatre for Young Audiences debut of Sangre de Un Angel by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, which toured to Boston area schools in the Spring of 2009. Chris also served as assistant director for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Boston Lyric Stage and directed Nicky Silver’s Pterodactyls for Emerson Stage. As a teaching artist, Chris most recently worked for Citi Performing Arts Center devising intergenerational performances with community organizations.

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