Philomena (Phil) Bradford graduated magna cum laude in 2013 with a BA in English Literature from Rice University in Houston, TX. As a first year graduate student in the TAPS department, she anticipates reveling in this new, highly saturated performance environment while continuing to explore intersections of French feminisms and twentieth century avant-garde drama through performative writing.
As an undergraduate, Phil headed the Culture + Arts committee at her residential college, Duncan, for two and a half years. During this time, she produced, directed, designed, and acted in a number of performance events for Duncan College, including Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and Fernando Arrabal’s Guernica. With the support of Dr. Jennifer Tyburczy and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, she performed and interned with Voices Breaking Boundaries, a local not-for-profit art activist organization. In the fall of 2012, Phil directed and acted (Claire) in Jean Genet’s The Maidsat After Queer After Humanism, a graduate symposium held at Rice. Advised by Dr. Judith Roof, this hyper-engagement with Genet’s work lead to her senior thesis, Of Leaky Bodies, Balconies, and Black Holes: Jean Genet’s Theatre, a creative-analytic exploration of the ideas, images and metaphors Genet’s theatre inspires.