My research interests include: qualitative methodologies including research-creation and arts-based research; social justice and meaningful engagements with equity, diversity, and inclusion; mad studies, critical disability studies, disability justice and social justice; Mad art, disability-centered dance, and crip performance; Mad aesthetics, politics, and praxis; radical occupational therapy and therapeutic recreation; and trauma-informed practices that are intersectional, anti-pathologizing, anti-oppressive, and affirming.
My art practice includes Mad, disability, and crip performance, and integrated dance choreography.
My talks and workshops often blend performance with educational material that works to shift our understandings and embodied relationships to disability, trauma, and mental distress.
My OT and consulting work includes mobilizing dance and other artistic mediums to achieve self-determined personal goals, and to spark social change. I also conduct accessibility auditing, particularly in relation to artistic and cultural events and venues. I consult on how to make research, educational contexts and communities more equitable, diverse, and inclusive. I also consult on creating and implementing radical, accessible, and affirming trauma-informed practice in research, training and education, as well as artistic process and production contexts.
I work to craft Mad-affirming and disability-affirming, accessible, intersectional, trauma-informed movement and performance communities. I do this by weaving my lived experience and professional practice with research-creation methodologies, as well as literature from Mad studies, critical disability studies, performance studies, and research on trauma-informed practice. My passions include teaching, choreographing, and performing disability-centered dance, Mad performance art, and crip video art. Over the past thirteen years I have presented research, performance, and workshops nationally and internationally, including in New York, Rennes (France), Seoul (South Korea), Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. I am the Programming Director of Solidance Inclusive Recreation Society, and a founder and former artistic director of iDANCE Edmonton Integrated Dance and CRIPSiE (the Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton). I am also a certified occupational therapist with over 20 years of specialized dance training, including training with leading integrated and disability dance practitioners around the world.