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2009-2010: Graduate Research Assistant (Managing Editor, Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation)

University of Guelph

Michelle Peek is entering her second year of the University of Guelph’s PhD program in English and Theatre Studies. Her MA thesis draws on theories of embodiment, performance, photography and psychoanalysis in her reading of The Century Project’s unconventional nude photographic portraits. Her academic interests include: feminist theories of embodiment, cultural studies, postcolonial literature, political theatre, trauma narratives, and ecofeminism.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.