two people talking with book

The Diary of Anne Frank by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich (2015); Photo: Lawrence Peart

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Alexis Riley

Alexis Riley

Alexis Riley (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Performance as Public Practice program and a Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellow through the Institute for Citizens and Scholars. An interdisciplinary artist-scholar, her written and practice-based research concern the performativity of madness and its representation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has presented her research at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Comparative Drama Conference and the American Society for Theatre Research, where she recently served as a vice president for the graduate student caucus. Her recent scholarship has appeared in Theatre Topics and The International Review of Qualitative Research. Riley serves as the curator for The Mad Maps Project, an ongoing digital performance archive that explores the use of psychiatric language in unexpected places. She is currently completing her dissertation on performances of historical trauma mounted on the grounds of Oregon State Hospital, one of the oldest continuously operating psychiatric institutions in the United States. Her project's companion performance, kin • song: ode to disability ancestors, will receive its premiere at The University of Texas at Austin in December 2021.

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