Incoming Students

Sarah Ashford Hart explores participatory techniques for generating social dialogue across barriers of cultural difference.

Christine Sampson‘s research focus is original practice youth Shakespeare, particularly as it applied to child acting companies in Elizabethan times.

Jessica Suzanne Stokes dissects the limited methods of interpretation for the disabled body in order to complicate the interaction of symbol, body, and performance.

Jennifer Tamayo (JT) studies the under­represented lineage of poet-performers who use body-­based work, paralinguistics, and participatory­-approaches to represent complicated racialized subjectivities and narratives in the last half of the twentieth century.

Anuj Vaidya work straddles the cusp between performance and film, and addresses issues of gender, sexuality and ecology.


Tom Burmester plays in the space between engagement, community building, gaming, and playwriting.

Sarah Haughn comes to performance as a conspirator of placentas and poetries.

Ante Ursic‘s research is in the politics and performance practices of circus.


Álvaro Hernández has collaborated continuously in artistic and research works with indigenous communities of the Colombian Amazon.

Nicole Peisl is a performing artist, teacher and choreographer.

Emma Waldron is a theater artist, larp organizer, and researcher who is interested in exploring performances of intimacy and the intimacy of performance.


Colin Johnson‘s research is focused on the underbelly of representations in techno-culture: from the material infrastructures that permit digital/algorithmic life to re/produce itself, to the architectures of affect that push and pull desire into flows of capital.

Deepa Mahadevan has dedicated the last 30 years of her life to the study and execution of performance spanning theatre, dance, music and media.

Amber Muller‘s research focus lies at the intersection of performance and sexuality.

Lisa Quoresimo is a theatre director, playwright, and composer, currently researching the intersection of voice, music, theatre, and sexuality.


Eric Taggart is an interdisciplinary artist and licensed psychotherapist in private practice.

Sarah Thompson’s current research interests include modern adaptations of Greek tragedy, queer theory, and feminist theory.

Kevin O’Connor is a multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist.

Gretchen Jude is an improviser, vocalist, and composer focusing on situated embodiment in electronic music; a third-generation Idahoan, Gretchen has spent over a decade in Japan studying traditional and experimental performance practices.

Emelie Mahdavian is a filmmaker, musician, and dancer who studies Central and South Asian culture, documentary film, dance film, material culture, nationalism, and practice as research.

Duskin Drum was made by and by the forest and the sea and the people; duskin is part of the making. An islander and a forest mongrel, duskin’s work circulates around and through practices of ecological tuning.


Carolina Novella: Performance as Action-Research. What does it mean to engage in dialogue and research through the body? How is it done in a dance-performance laboratory? And how do we (bodies who move together) engage in collective processes to challenge and transform body-based (gender, medicalization) violence?

John Zibell works with bodies and technology, material and image, thought and representation, narration and poiēsis. His practice happens in the theatre, cinema, gallery and the street and interrogates that which is fully actual within the virtual. He brings a quarter century of art practice and political activism to practice-based research.


Dennis M. Somera practices illuminating the colonial, imperial, patriarchal inscription on the body in art, revisioning it through movietelling/Katsuben (a Japanese form of film narration from the silent film era) and archi“text”uralandscape poetics beyond the two-dimensional page


Zelma Long: Long term wine-maker and now a consultant in Israel, France, South Africa and the west coast of the United States, Zelma Long is studying trans-generational craft practices in Africe and America, and a new found interest in the rhetoric of wine.


Hilary Bryan studies the interaction of the human body with theoretical spaces and other beings, using Laban Movement Analysis to interpret critical discourse.