Cripping Broadway: Disability and the American Stage Musical. Book manuscript in preparation.

Refereed Materials


  • “Choreographing Conjoinment: Side Show’s Fleshly Fixations and Disability Simulation." Studies in Musical Theatre, 13:1, pp. 67–78. doi: 10/1386/smt.13/1/67_1. Journal Article.

  • “Spider-man’s Designer Genes: Hyper-capacity and Transhumanism in a D.I.Y. World.” The Matter of Disability. Susan Antebi, David T. Mitchell, and Sharon L. Snyder, eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2019, pp. 143–159. Book Chapter.

  • "Deafness: Screening Signs in d/Deaf Cinema." A Cultural History of Disability in the Modern Age. David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder, eds. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2019. Book Chapter. Forthcoming.


  • “‘We Will Be Seen’: Queer Womanhood and the Politics of ‘Real’ in I (Heart) Alice (Heart) I.Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland. Miriam Haughton and Maria Kurdi, eds. Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2015. 89-106. Book Chapter.

Manuscripts in Preparation


  • “Disability and the American Stage Musical.” Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability. Alice Hall, ed. London and New York: Routledge, 2019. Book Chapter.

  • “Casting Christopher: Theatricalizing the Border of Disability in Curious IncidentTeaching Critical Performance Theory in Today’s Theatre Studio, Classroom, and Community. Jeanmarie Higgins, ed. Book Chapter.

  • Theatre & Disability by Petra Kuppers.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. David Bolt, Ed. Book Review.

Special Projects and Digital Scholarship


  • “Wagon.” Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed. D. Gilson, Ed. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2016.



Conference Papers


  • “ ‘Measure Your Life’: The Legacy of the AIDS Musical in the Era of Mass Gun Violence.” Session: LGBTQ Health Humanities. Modern Language Association (MLA). Seattle, WA. Jan. 9–12.


  • “He is the very picture of a modern Major General: mobilizing musicals for resistance.” Session: Scene Change/Social Change: Performing the Resistance." American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Aug. 10.

  • “Overtures and Incidentals: Lyric Avant-Gardism in the Broadway Musical.” Seminar: Disability and the Avant-Garde. American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference. Washington, DC. March 7-10.


  • "There Is No Future, There Is No Past”: Cripping Chronicity and the Death Drive in the AIDS Musical." Song, Stage and Screen XIII Conference. Los Angeles, CA. June 1.

  • “‘Cut them apart’: Conjoinment, Conservation, and Aesthetics in Side Show.” Panel: Pre-Existing Conditions: Transhistorical Approaches to Disability Conservation.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). Pittsburgh, PA. April 13.

  • “‘And the beauty is…’: Cripping Aesthetics for Situated Knowledge in The Light in the Piazza.” Seminar: Disability Aesthetics—New Directions. American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference. Los Angeles, CA. March 29-April 1.

  • “‘Today for you, tomorrow for me’: Queer Contagion and Crip Chronicity in the AIDS Musical.” Panel: Performance and Theatre. Composing Disability: Crip Politics and the Crisis of Culture Conference. George Washington University (GWU). Washington, D.C. March 22.


  • “Unlimited (I’m Limited): Impairment, Disability, and Hyper-Capacity in Wicked.” Working Session: I’m the Witch, You’re the World: The Stage Witch as a Sign of the Shifting Paradigms of Embodiment. American Society of Theater Research (ASTR) Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 16-19.

  • "'Boy Falls From the Sky': Managing Disability, Actor Safety, and Spectacle." Panel: Beyond Casting and Characterization: New Deployments of Disability in Drama and Performance. Disability as Spectacle Conference. University of California, Los Angeles. April 14.

  • "'I Will Never Leave You': Fixating On The Hilton Sisters’ Flesh in Side Show." Panel: Deviance on Page and Stage. (Re)Collections: The 2017 EGSA Symposium. George Washington University, English Department. Washington, D.C. February 24.

  • “Re-theorizing Normate: How Hyper-capacity Shifts the Paradigm.” Special Session: Extraordinary Bodies At Twenty. Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference. Philadelphia, PA. January 7.


  • “Divergent Cripistemologies: Biosociological Assessments of Atypicality.” Media Ecologies. Composing Disability: Crip Ecologies Conference. George Washington University. Washington, D.C. April 8.

  • “‘And you shall Rise Above’: Genetic Meliorism in Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.” Seminar: Performance and/as Exception. ACLA Conference. Boston, MA. March 19.

  • “Casting Christopher: On the Border of Disability in Broadway’s Curious Incident.” Crip/Queer Crossings. Border Crossings Symposium. George Washington University, English Department. Washington, D.C. February 12.


  • “Pathologizing Witchcraft: Supernatural Locations of Disability in American Horror Story: Coven.” Disability and Television. PCA-ACA Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 3.

  • “Towards a Cripped Literature: A Curious Incident of Complex Embodiment.” Symposium: Subverting Academia and Subversive Academics. University of Maryland CP, Theatre and Performance Studies Department. College Park, MD. March 7.

  • "What is a Cripped Literature?” Symposium: Twice Told Tales and Collected Stories. George Washington University, American Studies Department. Washington, D.C. February 20.

  • “Spider-Man’s Designer Genes: Visceral Memory, Mutation, and Transhumanism in a “DIY World.” Incorporation Aesthetics: Futures in the Flesh. Transvisceral: The 2015 EGSA Symposium. George Washington University, English Department. Washington, D.C. February 6.


  • “Damned to Eternity: Disabling Immortalities in American Horror Story: Coven.” Special Session: Pop Culture Crash Course. Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) Conference. Baltimore, MD. November 8.


  • “Researching Period Styles For Production.” Researching For Production. Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). Louisville, KY. March 7.

Panels Organized and/or Moderated


  • “Disability and the Avant Garde” Seminar. ACLA. Washington, D.C. March 7-10.


  • “Disability Performances” Panel. Composing Disability: Crip Politics and the Crisis of Culture Conference. GWU. Washington, D.C. March 22.


  • “Media and Transformation” Panel, Moderator. Symposium on Global Chaucer and Shakespeare in the Digital World. Hosted by Digital Humanities Institute, George Washington University. Washington, DC. February 4.


  • “Disability and Television” Panel, Organizer and Moderator. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA-ACA) Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 3.