I am a playwright, theatre director, and award-winning health humanities and performance studies scholar and researcher. In my current position as a postdoctoral fellow at Bloorview Research Institute, my program of research crosses the arts, humanities, social sciences and health sciences to elucidate social experiences and overturn cultural assumptions of disability/ability. This work is oriented to real world change through the overlapping interests of 1) drawing on theatre and other art forms to explore the complexities of disability and aging and 2) exploring the ways kids and people make art as part of being in hospitals and in the world.
My past projects in brain injury, dementia, hemodialysis, and patient safety culture have instigated change in health settings and have moved and inspired the general public.
I look forward to collaborating with members of the community and fellow researchers who want to change the world with their work. When art and research break boundaries, together the possibilities are endless.