Ira S. Murfin is an artist, writer, scholar, and cultural facilitator based in Chicago. His research and interdisciplinary performance work concern the relationship between talk, text, and the performance event. He holds the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre & Drama from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Performance work has been presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, Sector 2337, Block Museum of Art, Tritriangle, and the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, among other places. He was also a founding member of the devised theatre collective The Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials and formerly Co-Artistic Director of another theatrical laboratory, the Laboratory for Enthusiastic Collaboration. Critical and creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Performance Research, Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, Review of Contemporary Fiction, 491, elimae, Fiction at Work, Chicago Art Criticism, Chicago Arts Journal, Present Tense Pamphlets, the Harry Ransom Center’s Cultural Compass, the book and website Shakespeare 400 Chicago, and Requited, where he is also Performance Editor.
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