Coleman Nye is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University whose research crosscuts the disciplines of theatre and performance studies, science and technology studies, cultural anthropology, and the medical humanities. Her dissertation, “Conjuring Acts: Tense, Theatricality, and Enactment in Economies of Biological Knowledge” argues that objects of scientific inquiry and biomedical intervention are imagined, produced, and circulated through an array of practices and conditions that are fundamentally theatrical. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research on breast and ovarian cancer genetics, her project traces how objects of bodily knowledge such as disease and treatment get enacted in time across a range of domains including the scientific laboratory, the clinic, the speculative economies of biotechnological development, and the visual, literary, and performing arts. Her article “Cancer Previval and the Theatrical Fact of Immaterial Disease” is forthcoming in the special issue of TDR entitled “Precarity.”
Coleman Nye received her MA in Anthropology from Brown University for her thesis entitled “Assembling Previvors: Bodies of Relation and Configurations of Care in the Lifeworlds of Hereditary Cancer Risk” and received her BA from New York University in Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. After graduating from NYU, she studied acting at the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City.