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Theater & Performance Practice

My artistic work investigates theater’s potential as a social practice, and over the last decade I co-founded and co-directed three public performance ensembles – Culinary Theater, Shakespeare im Park Berlin, and the UC Movement for Efficient Privatization [UCMeP]. Between 2009 and 2011, UCMeP engaged performance as a tactical means of “creative protest” and mobilization against the austerity measures that beset public education in California. Between 2010 and 2014, Shakespeare im Park’s site-specific performances drew thousands of audience members to Berlin’s Görlitzer Park in order to rethink its dynamic spaces as simultaneous sites of inter-cultural and multi-lingual performance, postdramatic theater, and community-based art. Most recently, Culinary Theater has been crafting food-based performances that taste, smell, and explore changing neighborhood dynamics in New York City. Working between social service centers and more traditional performance venues, we stage delicious yet purposeful happenings that investigate how our cultural food fetishes are both catalyst and symptom of the ways communities are experienced, cherished, and potentially flattened. These groups have been featured in scholarly forums like Theatre SurveySouth Atlantic Quarterly, L.M. Bogad’s Tactical Performance, and Barbara Fuchs’ Theater of Lockdown, as well as in the New York Times, London Guardian, Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung, San Francisco Chronicle, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and Robert Reich’s 2013 film Inequality for All.

Between the Bread

The Stinking Nose

The COUNTER Revolutionary Sandwich Pop Up

Ratner’s Matzoh Balls: The José Way

Egg Dream Procedural

Wagner, Max! Wagner!

Strength & Health: March

Utopia™ – Where All is True

Orson Welles Presents Henry IV for the Radio

Henry IV / Heinrich der Vierte

UC Movement for Efficient Privatization (UCMeP)

The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui