Beth Kurkjian, Ph.D. has published in TDR: The Drama Review, Performance Research, Performance Paradigm, and Women & Performance. As a dance theater artist, she has performed in works by Ken Nintzel, Juliana Francis, and Julia May Jonas/Nellie Tinder. Daniella Mooney’s book The Immersive Theater of GAle GAtes (2022) features Kurkjian’s reflections on performing with that company. Kurkjian has also performed her own solo work in NYC and in London. She has directed at Skidmore College and choreographed dances for Alice Reagan's Barnard/Columbia theater productions. A doctoral graduate of NYU’s Performance Studies department, her scholarship specializes in post-1950’s, experimental, New York-based performance. As a writing teacher, she prizes critical thinking, essay design, community building, and creative methods to unlock new discoveries.