ABOUT.

ABOUT.
  

Naomi Bennett is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, with a concentration in Performance Studies and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She holds an MFA in Television, Film, and Theatre Production from California State University, Los Angeles, and a BA in Community Based Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Originally from Cambridge, MA, Bennett is also a performer, director, and video projection designer.
  
With a focus on the embodied experience of disembodied interactions, Bennett’s research investigates immersive, interactive art installation and performance artworks that engage senses of touch, sight, and proprioception in ways that both decenter these senses and engage audience-participants in encounters of intimate connection.
  
Her current artistic practice is in the creation of interactive encounters that physically engage the audience with technology. With a background in clowning, circus, and physical theater, Bennett’s work focuses on engaging the physically present body in encounters of disembodied-embodiment.
  
Bennett is also a certified Yoga Instructor, a graduate of the Professional Track Circus program at the New England Center for Circus Arts, and has studied clowning, mime, and mask in Venice, Paris, and Montreal. She is a former cast member of the gender-bending drag show TraniWreck, and a co-founder and former member of The Grindhouse Marionettes, who opened for such acts as Nine Inch Nails, The Tiger Lilies, and the Dresden Dolls.

 
 
 
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