Dis/ability Ethnography

 Logo for Argentina's green cane law, which designates people with low vision.

Logo for Argentina's green cane law, which designates people with low vision.

Dis/ability performance and passing has been a focus of my work since 2014. I make performances that investigate that line between "dis" and "abled" by asking performers and audiences to cross it in any direction. In Nobody's Home (2013) the audience spends about ⅓ of the show with their eyes closed. In Alchemy (2014) each performers have no use of eyes, hands, mouth, or body altogether. I perform my solo memoir Cones (2015) blindfolded and the audience also spends part of the show performing things with eyes closed, and since playing Tiresias in Antigone (2016) I've being looking for more work as a typecast visually impaired actor.

Alongside this work has a been a blog called Rods & Cones about the spectrum of vision and blindness in art, media, science and culture. I have also taught classes on the subject at Cornell University, Goddard College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Above: Sighted actors perform blind characters in The Miracle Worker (1962), The Tale of Zatochi (1962), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Daredevil (2015), Star Wars: Rogue One (2016), and the video for Lionel Ritchie's song "Hello" (1984). Whether products of biography, fiction, or fantasy, all are depicted as having extraordinary powers