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Patrick Gaughan

Patrick Gaughan is a performance artist & writer. They are the author of The Impersonators (Factory Hollow Press, 2017) & a 2017 MassMOCA Assets for Artists Fellow. Recent performance work has appeared at the Queens Museum, LUMEN8, Denmark Arts Center, & GlassBox Gallery. Writing & interviews have appeared in Hyperallergic, BOMB, Boston Review, & The Believer, among others.

They teach at Smith College & curate the P L A T F O R M lecture series with poet Jon Ruseski.

Gender Futures
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Gender Futures

A Talk with Christian Appel and Renée Imperato of the TransGenerational Theatre Project

24 August 2017

Patrick Gaughan interviews Christian Appel and Renée Imperato about how they used applied theatre, writing, and utopian world-envisioning to create the all-trans, ensemble- based TransGenerational Theatre Project in NYC. 

We’re All That
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We’re All That

Raja Feather Kelly and the Imprint of Pop

25 July 2017

The Feath3r Theory post-ballet theatre musical about the influence of pop culture on how we live.

The Audience is Present
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The Audience is Present

An Interview with LIFT’s Mark Ball

16 June 2016

Patrick Gaughan explores audience engagement and the relative merit of the Q&A in conversation with Mark Ball, artistic director of the London International Festival of Theatre.

One World is Not Enough
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One World is Not Enough

An Interview with Meiyin Wang of Under the Radar Festival

11 January 2016

Patrick Gaughan interviews Under the Radar Festival Co-Director, Meiyin Wang.

Every Body on the Dance Floor
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Every Body on the Dance Floor

On Jérôme Bel’s Ballet

17 December 2015

Patrick Gaughan reviews Jérôme Bel’s Ballet at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City. 

The Sustainable Temporary
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The Sustainable Temporary

An Interview with Andy Field of Forest Fringe

10 September 2015

Patrick Gaughan interviews Andy Field, co-director of Forest Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

“The Book,” Author Said
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“The Book,” Author Said

On Elevator Repair Service’s The Sound and the Fury

11 August 2015

Patrick Gaughan on Elevator Repair Service’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

Notes on Impersonation
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Notes on Impersonation

8 July 2015

Patrick Gaughan explores the ideas of fame, talent, and originality in the world of celebrity impersonation.

On Richard Maxwell & the Rupture of Real
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On Richard Maxwell & the Rupture of Real

14 April 2015

The author on The Kitchen's production of The Evening by Richard Maxwell. 

The Long Shadow of Marble Busts
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The Long Shadow of Marble Busts

12 February 2015

Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B poses actors in tableau vivants that nod to 19th century human zoos, and Southwest African concentration camps. Patrick Gaughan charts the controversy around the show and his own experience of it.