Patrick McKelvey is a performance theorist and theatre historian whose research and teaching address the entanglement of disability, sexuality, and race in U.S. performance. His current book project, “Crip Enterprise: Disability Goes to Work in U.S. Performance,” demonstrates how theatrical performance galvanized developments in aesthetic practice, activist struggle, and policy intervention as they concerned disability politics and the politics of work in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. Research towards “Crip Enterprise” has received recognition from the American Studies Association, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. His essay, “Ron Whyte’s ‘Disemployment’: Prosthetic Performance and Theatrical Labor,” appears in Theatre Survey (September 2016), and “Choreographing the Chronic” is forthcoming in The Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance (Oxford University Press, 2017).
At FSU, Patrick teaches “Introduction to Theatre,” “Gender, Race, and Performance,” “Queer Theories of/and Performance,” and “Performance Theory.”