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Gwyneth Shanks

Gwyneth Shanks is the Walker's Mellon Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Fellow in Visual Arts. Her research explores contemporary performance practice through the lens of critical race theory and urban studies. She earned a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. Her writing has been published in X-TRA, Performance Matters, Third Text, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, the anthology Theater/Performance Historiography: Time, Space, Matter (Palgrave, 2015), Le Musée par la scène (Deuxième époque, 2018), and Writing the Body: Staging the Other (McFarland Press, 2018). In addition to her scholarship and curatorial work, Shanks is a choreographer and performer. Her most recent commissioned performance piece will premier in September 2018 in Los Angeles through Materials & Applications, a collaboration with Sarah Lewis-Cappellari.