jessica del vecchio

deviser, dramaturg and singer/songwriter

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I am a scholar, artist, and teacher; I view theory and practice as inextricably linked, and I explore the pedagogical possibilities of both. My critical work always informs my creative endeavors, just as my creative work enriches my more academic pursuits. As a scholar, I use queer and feminist theory as lenses for examining contemporary experimental performance, representations of masculinity, popular culture, and media. As a practitioner, I use performance to investigate many of the same topics.

I currently serve as the Senior Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Faculty at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University. Prior to joining Princeton’s staff, I was an Assistant Professor of Theatre at James Madison University in Virginia. My scholarly writing has appeared in Critical Stages/Scènes critiques, Contemporary Theatre Review, Theatre Journal, TDR, and Modern Drama, as well as several anthologies. I am currently working on her book manuscript, Straddling Feminisms: Post-wave Pop Politics and Contemporary Performance, in which I examine NYC-based feminist experimental performance of the early aughts.

My creative work also centers my interest in queer and feminist histories. My dramaturgy credits include Lee Breuer’s Glass Guignol, a deconstruction of Tennessee Williams’s relationship with his sister and Jess Scott’s Ship of Fools, a multi-disciplinary exploration of female madness, presented at HERE Arts Center in New York City. I am a classically-trained singer with an acting background, and my work almost always involves music. As songwriter and singer, I fronted the neo-classic rock group Valentino Drag for years, before co-founding the acclaimed "country camp" trio Menage A Twang in 2005. I am currently developing "Songs of the Second Wave," a solo performance that considers the relationship between 1970s feminism and the women’s music of that era. Part documentary theatre, part concert, the piece is devised out of archival materials, interviews, and folk songs.