Academic Specialties and Other Interests
I teach primarily in the department of Theatre and Dance, but also in Critical Identity Studies, Media Studies, and Health & Society. I am a dancer, choreographer, and lover of all things Drag related. I teach Drag in TV and Film as well as Drag Performance, multiple styles of dance, and courses related to dance studies and body conditioning.
I moved around a lot as a child and learned to adapt to wherever I found myself. I consider Wisconsin home and am raising a family of humans, felines, and poultry here. I went to a performing arts high school and a conservatory for college before transferring to a liberal arts school to complete my degree. I am passionate about the liberal arts, especially for artists, because artists are the translators and reflectors of society. We need to learn about the world as a means of informing the art we put out into the world.
Collaborating with students - be it making dances, writing articles, or doing research together - is thrilling for me. We all have much to teach each other and create together. Lately I have been working a lot with student athletes on conditioning and have been inspired by their enthusiasm to connect their sport(s) with the study of the body and how to help grow as both athletes and students.