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Allen has a BA in theatre and visual performance from Columbia College and earned an MA in performance /gender and sexuality studies in Communication from San Francisco State University He teaches Performance art, Performance research and Masculinity and Communication. He was part of the Nomenil, a performance ensemble that centered on queering and re-considering the rules and limitations of theatrical constructs. As a queer identified survivor of multiple sexual traumas his work interrogates and complicates the infallibility of memory as a means of examining the immersive queer aesthetics of Complex PTSD and mental illness. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute and received an MFA from School of the Art Institute Chicago. He has shown his work at Stagewerx SF, Taiwan National Museum, and Defibrillator gallery as well as in Out of Site/Experimental Sound Studio's streaming performance series, the Quarantine Concert Series.
I create performance environments that invite interaction using scores and impossible acts.
A state of emergency and emergence. A dire need for the carving of virtual spaces for queer artists to converse, celebrate, grieve, re-imagine, and experiment is now essential. Such potentiality of working closely yet remotely, inviting critical discourse and vital encouragement.
Triggered by memory of the AIDS crisis and parallels with our current pandemic complicates queer sensibilities and triggers a queer cultural PTSD. Examining the disdain/disregard for communities of color, the poor and indigenous communities are disproportionately impacted is necessary. This moment invites a moment for distance to become proximity; Enlightenment? If we make it happen. The virus does not discriminate in the same ways that we as a society do. This residency gives us the opportunity to see queer and universal perspectives. If thinkers, makers, social justice warriors, artists and scholars continue to deconstruct, visualize and illuminate the possibility of paradigmatic shifts through artistic critical creations, we may survive.