Patrick McKelvey

Patrick McKelveyPatrick McKelveyPatrick McKelvey is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at Brown University where he is concurrently pursuing an MA in Anthropology. He is currently at work on a dissertation entitled "DisAffecting ImitAbility: Disability Performance and Theatrical Labor in the United States, 1945-Present." This project moves in and across theatre and performance studies, disability theory, labor history, and affect studies to argue that debates  regarding the supposed  mimetic incapacity of people with disabilities have been central to neoliberal governmentality. 

His academic interests also include theatre/performance historiography, queer  theory, and musical theatre. In the 2012-2013 academic year, he co-convened (with Micah Salkind) a year-long Mellon Graduate Workshop entitled "There's No Outside: Queer Space Under Late Capitalism." Patrick has published reviews in Theatre Journal and Modern Drama, and has an essay forthcoming in a queer dance studies anthology edited by Clare Croft (Oxford University Press).

Prior to arriving at Brown, Patrick spent a year as Literary Intern at McCarter Theatre, where he worked as an assistant dramaturg for directors such as Emily Mann, Liesl Tommy, Tina Landau, and Robert O'Hara. Additionally, he has worked as a freelance dramaturg and script reader in New York, where he collaborated with companies including Aporia Theatre, Sundance Theatre Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Repertorio Español. Patrick holds an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Brown University and dual B.A.s in English and Theatre (Performance as Public Practice) from The University of Texas at Austin.