Eli Nixon builds portals and gives guided tours to places that don’t yet exist, or already exist but call for DIY translation. They are a genderqueer clown, a cardboard constructionist, and a maker of plays, puppets, parades, pageants, suitcase theaters, and low-tech spectaculah — on their own, and in collaboration with artists, dancers, and musicians of all ages, abilities and persuasions. Their performances and installations occur in galleries and garages, on street corners and stages. Eli’s current creative efforts include identifying opportunities to dismantle Manifest Destiny, foster intra- and interspecies kinship, probe the ethics, perils and possibilities of anthropomorphization, and co-parent a 10 year old human. For over 20 years, they have been an artist-in-residence at museums, schools, senior centers, and addiction recovery and mental health programs.
Eli is from Rhode Island and is currently based there and in NYC. They’ve shared work at St. Anne’s Warehouse, HERE, Philadelphia Live Arts, First Person Arts, Philly & Providence Fringe, Pvd Queer Arts Fest, Andorra International Festival of Women Clowns, The Gabfestry for Creative Dissent, and The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Encuentro. Their work’s been supported by The Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, Pew History & Performance Incubator, SPACE on Ryder Farm, HewnOaks Artist Colony, RI State Council on the Arts and The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Eli has worked with Pig Iron Theater, Bread & Puppet, Spiral Q, New Urban Arts and is currently an Audrey Resident at New Georges Theater. Eli has an MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University (2018), an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College (2009). They are a co-facilitator of the Anti-Racism Working Group for White Parents and a member of the Gender Safe Schools Task Force at Gordon School.
PAST WORK: Eli used to use the name Beth. Their past work is peruse-able at their abandoned website: www.ramshackleenterprises.net
PHOTO CREDITS: Karey Kenst (map & bear), Jori Ketten (tub) , Erin X. Smithers (dinosaur & balloons), Bill Kelly (head in window).
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