My public-facing work as a scholar and an educator encompasses cultural programming, faciitation, and interpretive lectures for diverse audiences across institutions. I work independently in collaboration with other artists, curators, and institutions to realize unique, interdisciplinary, and enlightening encounters in proximity to performance.
Going back as far as 2001, when I co-founded a multi-day language arts performance festival in the Arizona desert, which I continued to co-produce annually for seven years, I have been making strcutures for artists and audiences to encounter one another and explore the meaning of that encounter together.
More recently, I have integrated my background as a producer and presenter of performance with my scholarly and pedagocial work through key affiliations and professionalization experiences during my graduate career, including the Northwestern Public Humanities Colloquium, the Chicago Consortium for Art in Society hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Predoctoral Fellowship from the inaugural Humanities Without Walls Career Diversity Summer Workshop.
Most significantly, I served as the first Graduate Assistant for Public Humanities with the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern. There I was charged with creating programming that could build a bridge between on-campus humanities scholarship and pedagogy and the humanities as they can be encountered and experienced through the artistic and cultural life of the wider city. I planned The Humanities Plunge, an immersive mini-course that brought students from across the university into contact with the cultural landscape of Chicago through firsthand experiences paired with presentations from scholars, artists, and other experts. I also spearheaded the Northwestern ShakespeaRevel, an interdisciplinary campus festival commemorating 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy through performance, film, interactive gaming, a communitty video project, and more in conjunction and cross-listed with the city-wide Shakespeare 400 festival.
I continue to create original public programming with a range of partners on a project basis. Oragnizations I have worked with include The Chicago Poetry Center, Tell Well storytelling workshops, Sector 2337, Absinthe and Zygote reading series, and Requited Journal. As a facilitator of public conversations with and about artists, I have recently lead discussions with 600 Highwaymen at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Theatre Oobleck at Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Every house has a door at University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and with sponsored artists at High Concept Labs. A video of The Everyday Extraordinary Body, an artist panel that I moderated at University of Illinois-Chicago's Gallery 400 in conjunction with the exhibition Embodiment Extracted: The Influence of Yvonne Rainer curated by Elise Archias, is available online.
And as a public scholar, I speak with audiences about my own research, as well as the historical and critical frameworks through which they might approach a specific work of art they are encountering. In particular, I have served as a PreAmble Scholar at Chicago Shakespeare Theater since 2012, offering audiences scholarly interpretations of the theater's productions through a series of PreAmble Lectures, many of whch are availble to listen to online.
Drawing on these experiences, I continue to build and seek new public engagement partnerships as an independent programmer, curator, facilitator, and public humanist in Chicago and beyond.