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Cassie Peterson is a New York-based writer, thinker, and lavender menace. She works as a psychotherapist by day, and moonlights as a performer, dramaturge, essayist, & performing arts critic. Her extemporaneous musings and critical inqueeries can be found on her art & theory blog, Self & Other, as well as being featured in various performance publications. Currently, she also works as a resident “Context Note” Writer for the New York Live Arts, 2012/2013 performing arts season and is a regular, contributing member to the Collective for Dance Writing and New Media. Additionally, in July 2012, she presented and performed her most recent body of research, “The Lies that Bind: Heteronormative Constructions of Family in Clinical Discourse,” at the annual Queering Paradigms conference at the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
M.S.W. Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA August 2011
B.A. Creative Writing & Cultural Criticism, New College of California, San Francisco, CA May 2005
SELECT PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATIONS
“Emptiness & Ephemera,” A feature essay/review of Tere O’Connor’s works, Poem and Secret Mary, originally published as part of the New York Live Arts ‘Context Note’ commission and re-published at Bomb Magazine, online on November 26th, 2012. http://bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/6958
“The Architecture of E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E,” A feature essay/review of Daria Fain and Robert Kocik’s newest work, E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E, originally published as part of the New York Live Arts ‘Context Note’ commission and re-published by Performa Magazine on October 18th, 2012. http://performamagazine.tumblr.com/post/33854559841/the-architecture-of-e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e
“I Could Never Make it as a ‘Real’ Art Critic: A Critical Intervention,” Published by the Collective for Dance Writing and New Media on July 9th, 2012. http://collectivedwnm.com/2012/07/09/cassie-peterson-on-criticism-and-performance-writing/. Also to be featured in the newest issue of Kinebago, forthcoming January 2013.
“I am an Opera: A Deconstructionist’s Dream,” A feature essay/review of performance artist, Joseph Keckler’s newest work, I am an Opera. Originally published at Bomb Magazine, online on July 5th, 2012. http://bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/6702
“But, What is Queer Art?: A Paradoxical Manifesto,” Originally published on Culturebot, on June 6th, 2012, in conjunction with the Queer New York International Arts Festival at Abrons Arts Center. http://www.culturebot.net/2012/06/13763/but-what-is-queer-art-a-paradoxical-manifesto/
“Faye Driscoll’s You’re Me: An Invitation. A Demand. A Descent,” Originally published at Bomb Magazine, online on April 18th, 2012. Additionally, an adapted version of this essay was included in the show’s program notes, both at The Kitchen and at a showing at UCLA in May 2012. http://bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/6555
“Armed Guard Garden // In Mouth: A Queer Reading of Queer Dance.” Originally published on Culturebot, February 17th, 2012. This essay was selected by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) as required reading for their “Bodies, Identities, and Alternative Economies” Symposium, June 21st-24th, 2012. http://www.culturebot.net/2012/02/12503/armed-guard-garden-in-mouth/
“Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show,” Originally published on Culturebot, January 23rd, 2012. Additionally, this essay was included in the program notes and translated into three languages for shows at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Belgium, May 4th-26th, 2012. http://www.culturebot.net/2012/01/12383/young-jean-lees-untitled-feminist-show-the-pro/
All of my performance writing can be read on my Art and Theory Blog, Self & Other: The Politics of Power, The Architecture of Resistance, The Aesthetics of Emptiness, and Other Discursive Inqueeries. http://cassiemaudepeterson.tumblr.com/
SELECT ARTICLES & ESSAYS
“The Lies that Bind: Heteronormative Constructions of Family in Clinical Discourse,” Forthcoming in The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 2013.
“Therapy for the Therapist: A Case History in Fragments,” experimental fiction piece, featured in RANDY Magazine, October 2012, Issue #3.
“Dear New Yorker Magazine…” An editorial response written to The New Yorker, featured on the New York Live Arts Blog on February 15th 2012.
“A Flaming Homage to the National Football League,” Published on Queerty.com, February 2012.
“Blueprints and Hardwires,” Published in M. Tea (Ed.), Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. Berkeley, CA. An Anthology by Seal Press (2004).
CONFERENCES, LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS & PANELS
Featured Reader at The New Museum, as part of Movement Research’s Residency Judson @ 50. Event: “Talking about my generation: Jill Johnston and the Critic as Subject.” December 2, 2012.
Presenter, “The Lies that Bind: Heteronormative Constructions of Family in Clinical Discourse,” recently presented and performed at the international Queering Paradigms Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July 2012, and invited to present at the Playing House - Shifting Paradigms of Family and Kinship conference in Berlin, Germany, November 2012.
Moderator for the Queer New York International Arts Festival at Abrons Arts Center. Responsible for writing editorial content, artist interviews and profiles, and for hosting panels, live critical interventions, and long-table discussions with artists and audiences, June 7-15, 2012.
Pre-show Discussion Moderator for Jen Rosenblit and Vanessa Anspaugh’s split show at New York Live Arts, February 2012.
Post-show Discussion Moderator for Young Jean Lee’s, Untitled Feminist Show, at Baryshnikov Art Center, NYC, January 2012.
Commencement Writer/Speaker at Smith College School for Clinical Social Work, Resistance is a Creative Process: A Call to Arms, August 2011.
Writer/Conceptual Collaborator for Aretha Aoki’s Delta Part II as part of the Movement Research, “Back to Basic” Festival, December 2012. Also to be performed at Danspace Project in February 2012.
Conceptual Collaborator for Vanessa Anspaugh’s Armed Guard Garden at New York Live Arts, NYC, February 2012.
Dramaturge for Vanessa Anspaugh’s Casey, Cassidy, Cassaundra, Whatever, In One Part at Dance Theater Workshop, NYC (Studio Series), March 2011.
Vanessa Anspaugh’s Manus Me at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX Space Grant Performance), December 2010.
Vanessa Anspaugh’s Casey, Cassidy, Cassaundra, Whatever at Movement Research at Judson Church, NYC, May 2009.
Writer/Performer/Conceptual Collaborator for Aretha Aoki’s Delta Part II as part of the Movement Research, “Back to Basic” Festival, December 2012. Also to be performed at Danspace Project in February 2012.
Performed in Modern Garage Movement’s (MGM) Blanket Dance at NADA Country Affair, Callicoon, New York, July 2010.
Malin Arnell’s It Can Never Be Too Late at The Kitchen, NYC (As part of the Whitney Independent Study Program’s 2009-10 Studio Program), June 2010.
Modern Garage Movement’s (MGM) Blanket Dance at Facade/Fasad, Brooklyn NY, April 2010.
Paige Martin’s, Panorama at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, NYC, April 2010.
Enrico Wey’s, Heart Ain’t In It: Four Chamber Studies, at Dance Theater Workshop, NYC, (Fresh Tracks Series), February 2010.
Jillian Pena’s The Valley at Movement Research at Judson Church, NYC, January 2010.