Ryan Hartigan is an artist and scholar from Aotearoa-New Zealand. His research centers on Indigenous performance as a vector for contesting territorial and cultural jurisdiction, and in particular, as an affective practice for disrupting the temporality of the law.
This research led to his being selected as one of three graduate students named Spotlighted Scholars in Performance Studies by UCLA in 2010. He has also won awards from TaPRA (UK) and ADSA. An article drawn from his research, “Embarrassing Time, Performing Disunity”, was published in Performance Research in 2011. He has also published and presented on performance and modernism, with particular attention to Alfred Jarry, ‘pataphysics, self-as-performance, and the politics of eccentricity. This has led to ongoing research into the musical figure Morrissey and the body as erotohistoriography.
As a director and performer, Ryan is currently Artist in Residence with the Contemporary Theater Company in South County, Rhode Island, with whom he won Best Director in RI’s only curated theatre awards, the Moreteeth Theatre Awards. He has collaborated on new physical theatre works in the USA and in Aotearoa-New Zealand. He is a leading improv performer and educator in the Keith Johnstone tradition, and a company member of The Bit Players (Newport RI).