Welcome to my website. I am a theatre and disability scholar currently completing my doctorate in the English department at George Washington University. My research concerns disability aesthetics in contemporary musical theatre, and asks how our notions of able-bodiedness informs and transforms theatrical performance. I am interested in creating a more accessible theatre experience for artists and audiences alike.
I trained as an actor before working as a dramaturg for companies like The Eugene O'Neill Theater Company and Ireland's Abbey Theatre. Concerns about the limits of inclusivity in commercial theatre led me to complete my M.Phil at Trinity College Dublin, where I researched queer documentary performance. I am currently a doctoral candidate and graduate instructor at GWU in Washington, DC.
My dissertation in progress, "Cripping Broadway: Neoliberal Performances of Disability in the American Musical,” uses crip and queer theories as an analytic to explore the historical evolution of the Compassion Musical, a late twentieth and early twenty-first century form which dramatizes structures of sympathy for the seemingly faulty embodiments that result in the individual and/or social deterioration of disabled protagonists.
A pillar of any good classroom is accessibility. As an instructor for university and high school students, I center my classrooms around multi-modal content and learning, creative thinking, and community dialogue. Recent instruction includes courses in disability studies, literary and cultural theory, dramatic literature, and creative writing.