Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

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Jeff McMahon

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Area: Film, Dance and Theatre
Category: Faculty
Title: Associate Professor
Office: GHALL 261
Phone: 480.965.9444
Fax: 480.965.5351
Specialty: Performance, Movement, Playwriting (also New Work Development), Devising, Solo performance, Acting and Directing, New Work Development
E-mail: jeff.mcmahon@asu.edu
Web Page: http://www.jeffmcmahonprojects.net

Since 1980, McMahon's live work has been presented by Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, PS 1, LACE, Cleveland Performance Art Fest., Jacob's Pillow, Center for Contemporary Arts (Santa Fe), Dance Works (Toronto), and venues in U.S. Canada, Europe. Dance films shown worldwide. Training: theatre/dance at Reed College, and with Joan Skinner, Mangrove Collective, James Tyler, Ruth Zaporah, and David Schein. He received eight Fellowships and two Project Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fellowship from the NY Foundation for the Arts, funding from the NY State Council on the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a fellowship from the Monette/Horwitz Trust. Essays published in Culture Wars (New Press), Poor Dancer's Almanac (Duke Univ. Press), TDR/The Drama Review, Contact Quarterly, PAJ/Performing Arts Journal, City Limits, Teaching Tolerance, The Threepenny Review, Movement Research, and The New England Review.

In 1998, he completed a Master of Fine Arts in the Writing Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University, after completing a BA in Interdisciplinary Art at SUNY/Empire State College in 1995. In 2001, he became Resident Artist at Arizona State Univ. in 2005 appointed Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre and Film, and in 2011 Associate Professor. He has taught at Instituto Superior de Arte (Cuba), Dartington College(U.K.), Glasgow School of Art, the Center for New Dance Development (Netherlands), Kutztown Univ., Otis Art Institute, Art Center College of Design, and California Inst. of the Arts. He chaired and served on panels for the College Art Assoc., Performance Studies Int., Hemispheric Inst. for Performance and Politics, the Assoc. for Theater in Higher Education, the "Performance Art, Culture, Pedagogy" Symposium at Penn State Univ., Modern Language Assoc., the Rothermere American Institute at Univ. of Oxford, and the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality. He worked as a teaching artist with Lincoln Center Inst., Young Audiences/NY, Arts Horizons, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Little Meadows Early Childhood, and the N. C. Arts Council. In 2012, he was a facilitator for ASU'?s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes World Wide Views of Biodiversity Symposium.

At ASU, he premiered his multi-media works, HEEL and A Certain Release, receiving a NY State Council on the Arts Playwrighting Commission. His Honorable Discharge was seen at Dixon Place (NYC) and at Performance Studies Int. His script Special Operations received a staged reading at Son of Semele Ensemble in Los Angeles in 2008. His solo Failure To Thrive (we small hours) was presented at the Hemispheric Inst. for Performance and Politics (Buenos Aires), Dixon Place (NYC '07), and Highways (Santa Monica). With media designer Jacob Pinholster, he created the performance installation Counter-Indications, examining coercive interrogation. He was a writing fellow at the Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY, and collaborated with ASU colleagues on Changing Courses: the real dinner theatre, a new project examining our social, political, and environmental relationships to food, assisted by a grant from the Institute for Humanities Research. His 6 character play, Straight Talk, was presented as a work-in-progress at Dixon Place in NYC in Summer 2010. In October, 2011 he was resident writer at the Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar, Spain. In 2012, his solo Tributaries was presented at Dixon Place Lounge (NYC), the Moth (NYC) and the Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre (London).

Several of his scripts are available at indietheaternow.com and videos of his work are archived at vimeo.com/jeffmcmahon.

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