• (forthcoming) Working Group Co-Convener. “Infrastructural Sites and Cites: Interrogating Unattended

  • Methods and Policies in Performance Research” American Society for Theatre Research, San Diego,

  • October 28-30, 2021.

  • (forthcoming) Paper Presenter. “Bureaucratic Angling, Institutional Activism: The NEA Dance Program’sCovert “Culture Wars.” American Studies Association annual conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico. October 7-10, 2021.

  • (forthcoming) Paper Presenter. “Funding Bodies: the NEA’s role disciplining the comportment of members of the US dance field (1965-2016).” Cultural Studies Association annual conference, June 10-12, 2021 (virtual).

  • Keynote Presentation. Music Theatres Futures. University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia, December 7, 2020. Paper Title: “Gestural Economies and Production Pedagogies in Deaf West’s Broadway Revival of Spring Awakening.” Hosted by VCA Music Theatre (Faculty of Fine Arts & Music, University of Melbourne) on a biannual basis.

  • “Bureaucratic Angling, Institutional Activism: Dance’s ‘Covert’ Culture Wars’ (1981-1996).” Columbia University Seminar “Studies in Dance,” New York, NY. February 3, 2020.

  • Keynote Plenary Paper. Dance Studies Association Annual Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston IL, August 9, 2019. Plenary Title: “Dance Works for the Commons: Actions, Interventions, Innovations.” Paper Title: “Funding Bodies: Working Identities in Dance at the National Endowment in the Arts.”

  • Paper Presenter: "Bureaucratic Angling, Institutional Activism: The NEA Dance Program's Covert "Culture Wars" in the Panel entitled "Gamers, Gatekeepers and Guidelines: Steering Policy Toward Divergent Ends". Arts Patronage in Modern America Symposium, Rothemere American Institute, University of Oxford, U.K. June 26, 2019.

  • Paper Presenter: "Funding Bodies: Working Identities and the National Endowment for the Arts." Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, "Performance, Politics, Power," Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, May 30-June 1, 2019.

  • Working Group Member, "Performing Jobs." Paper Title, "Funding Bodies: Choreographing Management and the National Endowment for the Arts." Association of Stage and Theatre Research Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, November 15-18, 2018.

  • Paper Presenter: "How to Dance in a Crisis: Emergency Maneuvers within the US Department of Veterans Affairs" American Studies Association Annual Conference, November 8-11, 2018, Atlanta, GA.

  • Co-organizer, Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI). Brown University, March 9-10 2018.

  • Paper Presenter: "NEA Policy and (as) Possibility: Organizing African Diasporic Dance." Collegium of African Diaspora Dance biennial conference. Duke University, February 18, 2018.

  • Organizer, Moderator. The Activist Body Symposium. Brown University. September 29, 2017. www.theactivistbody.com

  • Working Session co-convener/contributor: "Boring the Body/Boring Bodies: Perforating embodied hierarchies in dance studies." Paper title: "For Administrative Activism: A Manifesto for Mundane to the Point of Boring Bodies." Association of Stage and Theater Research. Atlanta, GA. November 18, 2017.

  • Paper Presenter: "Dance in/as 'Fake News: Notes from the Policy Front." Dance Studies Association. Columbus, OH, October 14, 2017.

  • Paper Presenter: “Touring Transitions, Funding Transmissions at the US National Endowment for the Arts.” Congress on Research in Dance/Society for Dance History Scholars Joint Conference. Pomona, CA, November 3-6 2016.

  • Paper Presenter: "Leveraging Acts and Labor Supports: Liz Lerman’s The Healing Wars." Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference. Chicago, IL. August 8-11, 2016.

  • Paper Presenter: "Word Weapons and Commitment Muscles: Narrative Justifications for US Federal Arts Subsidy" Congress on Research in Dance/Society of Dance History Scholars Joint Conference, Iowa University, Iowa City, November 13-16, 2014.

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  • Panel Moderator: "Embodied Agency and Danced Signifiers", Breakout Session, Congress on Research in Dance/Society of Dance History Scholars Joint Conference, Iowa University, Iowa City, November 13-16, 2014.

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  • Paper Presenter: “Dance for Veterans: Political Affect and Alternative Exits”. Northwestern University Graduate Student Conference, Department of Performance Studies. October 11-13, 2013.

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  • Panel Moderator: “Choreographies of Curating". Tactical Bodies:  Dance Under Construction/Congress on Research in Dance Special Topics Conference, UCLA April 20, 2013.

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  • Round table Organizer, Moderator: “Unmasking Dance Making: Choreographies of Production”. Tactical Bodies: Dance Under Construction/Congress on Research in Dance Special Topics Conference, at UCLA. Organized and moderated artist panel featuring lifelong U.S. dance artists: Simone Forti, Dan Froot, Rennie Harris, Lionel Popkin, David Rousséve, and Cheng-Chieh Yu. April 20, 2013.

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  • Paper Presenter: “Critical Pedagogy and Arts Education”, conference workshop presentation. Educating for Social Justice: Collaborative Critical Praxis, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Teacher Education Program Conference at UCLA. May 2, 2012.

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  • Paper Presenter: “Governing Bodies: Dance Production in Policy and Practice”, paper presentation. Re-Imagining Archives in Motion, Dance Under Construction Graduate Dance Studies Conference at UC-Riverside, April 13-14, 2012.

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  • Panel Co-Presenter: “Food For Thought: Methods for Generating Meaningful Feedback on Works-in-Progress”, UCLA Chew On This series, UCLA Dept. of World Arts and Cultures, March 1, 2010. Co-presenters: Heather Coker, Sarah Leddy, and Herbbie Moore.

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  • Roundtable Presenter: “Against Unison: Choreography as Representation and Being-in-the-World”, Congress On Research in Dance/Association of Stage and Theater Research Joint Conference, Renaissance Seattle Hotel, November 20, 2010.

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  • Danced Lecture:  “Community: and other Heroic Failures”. UCLA Chew On This series, UCLA Dept. of World Arts and Cultures, February 1, 2010.

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  • Danced Lecture: “Why Dance, Why Not? Serving UP Dance within Under-Served Markets.” Conference presentation, Midwest Arts Conference, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Milwaukee, WI, September 23, 2003.

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  • Danced Lecture: “Brain Activation through Movement”. Performance lecture, United Performing Arts Fund employee giving campaign, various workplace contexts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (twelve performances, 2006-2007).

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  • Danced Lecture: “Jazz Hands”, Performance lecture, United Performing Arts Fund employee giving campaign, various workplace contexts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (over 60 performances between 2004-2007).

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  • Danced Lecture:“The Greatest Game in Town”. Performance lecture, United Performing Arts Fund employee giving campaign, various workplace contexts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (25 performances, 2004).

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  • Danced Lecture: How I Got My Dad To Watch Modern Dance”. Performance lecture, United Performing Arts Fund employee giving campaign, various workplace contexts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Co-presented with Mike Wilbur (Sarah’s dad) in over 30 locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin between 2000-2005.

Scholarly Presentations & Performance Lectures