Current PhD Candidate at UCLA

Research Interests: Queer & Trans Theory, Performance Studies, Affect, Aesthetics, Art History

Coordinator of UCLA’s 2024 Queer Grad Conference

Conference Panelist: MLA (Literature) ‘24, ASAP (Arts Criticism) ‘23, ASTR (Performance) ‘22.  

12 years of college teaching experience at UCLA, Hunter College, Hofstra University, Smith College, Western New England University, & UMass-Amherst.

Guest lecturerer at NYU, The New School, Pratt, Rutgers, and University of Michigan.

MFA ‘15 from University of Massachusetts MFA for Poets and Writers

Academic articles forthcominggg...
The Opposite

A movie about Seinfeld, psychedelics, and cake-sitting that may also make you cry. A few psychedelic therapists I know recommend this film to their patients. 
video essay, 37min, 2022.
Cast: Patty Gone, Will Darling, Gigi Goñi, Chris Lott
Music: Jon Ruseski, Wall of Ears, Illuminating Hearts, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
Screenings: Porn Film Festival Berlin (Germany,‘22), Dale Zine (Miami,’22), Lauren Powell Projects (LA,‘22), Human Resources (LA,’23), LA LGBT Center Trans Pride (LA,’23)

Painted Dreams, Seasons 1, 2, & 3

A soap opera set in a kitsch parallel world. A melodrama in a fish tank starring my own childhood toys.  ‘Sans Soleil’ meets ‘All My Children.’ Most people love Season 2 the most if you can’t stay for the whole saga.
video essays
Season 1, 19min, 2017.
Season 2, 33min, 2018.
Season 3, 28min, 2020.
Cast: Stella Corso, Ish Klein, Ashley Chambers, Jess Barbagallo, Trystin Bailey, Emily Davis, Emily Reilly, Cecilia Gentili, Vick Quezada, Emily Hunerwadel, Sarah Lanzilotta. 
Music: Jon Ruseski, Wall of Ears.
Recipient of a 2018 Northamton Open Media Grant
Screenings: The Poetry Project Annual Marathon (NY,’21), Cadence Vid Poetry Fest (Seattle,’19), The Baumann (NY,’19), Mount Analogue Gallery (Seattle,’19), Spaceus (Boston,‘18), APE Gallery (Northampton, ‘17,’18)

Love Life

A love letter to Danielle Steel & my grandmother; a multimedia plunge into longing, class struggle, transfemme confusion, and romance novels.
Solo Art Show: Mount Analogue Gallery (Seattle,’19) (with collaborator Colleen Louise Barry)
Happy Endings workshop (with collaborator Claire Donato): Smack Mellon (NY,’19), 601 Artspace (NY,’19)
Solo Performances: 4Heads Portal (NY,’19), Itinerant Performance Fest (NY,’18), Juniper Literary Fest (Amherst,’18)

Fast Five,  TODAY,  #TheFlagWeLove

Getting obsessed with found text and found objects, I started making performance art about pop phenomena.

Fast Five: a playful reimagining of the Fast&Furious franchise without cars, a budget, or any bro-on-bro violence.

TODAY: a reenactment of NBC’s morning show using verbatim transcripts to point to the loss and paranoia behind banality.

#TheFlagWeLove:  Using no actual American flags, only consumer flag merchandise,  the show traces how everyday objects aestheticize control.

Fast Five, group performance, 2014-15
Shows: Dixon Place (NY,’15), Northampton Arts Trust (Northampton,’14)
Cast: Ish Klein, Wilson Yerxa, Stella Corso, John Sieracki, Jonathan Volk, Casey Shanahan, Sara Beth McAlpine, Greg Purcell, Andy McAlpine, David Feinstein, Rachel Hinkel

TODAY, group performance, 2015-16
Shows: AS220 (Providence,’16), Dixon Place (NY,’16), APE Gallery (Northampton,’16), Made in the Berkshires Fest (’15)
Cast: Stella Corso, LA Warman, Jonathan Volk, Andy McAlpine, John Sieracki

#TheFlagWeLove, solo performance, 2016-17
Shows: Queens Museum (NY,’17), Union Gallery (Amherst,’17), Denmark Arts Center (’17), APE Gallery (Northampton,’16), Glass Box Gallery (Seattle,’16)
Recipient of a 2017 Mass MoCA Assets for Artists Grant

Gone University

In 2021 and 2022, I taught multiple classes on taste, aesthetics, & art criticism via Zoom. Called ‘Art Slosh,’ the meetings created an online arts appreciation club across age, geography, and education level, providing a tour of art from the high to the low, from the trashy to the inscrutable, from MoMA to OnlyFans.