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Honey Crawford

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Honey Crawford is a doctoral candidate in Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. She previously earned her MFA in Critical Studies in Writing from California Institute of the Arts and her BFA in Theatre Performance at DePaul University’s Theatre School/The Goodman School of Drama.

Her scholarly interests include global feminism, critical race theory, Afro-Brazilian cultural performance, public spectacle, and protest. Her dissertation titled “Negra Demais! Overwhelming Performances of Afro-Brazilian Femininity” studies 20th-21st century women-driven performance in Brazil’s public sphere. She explores the intersections between performance and self-making through a repertoire that includes carnival, viral culture, radical theatre, and ritual.

Crawford’s recent publications include the essays “Now Let’s Shake to This: Viral Traffic and Flow from Harlem to São Paulo,” (La Verdad Reader of Hip Hop Latinidades, Ohio State University Press) and “Acting Out: Counterliteracy Beyond the Ree(a)l” (Black Camera Journal: Special Issue on Precious/Push, Indiana University Press). She is the dramaturgical researcher for a forthcoming adaptation of Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) produced by Front Row Productions and written by Lynn Nottage.

Crawford is a 2015-2016 New York Public Humanities Graduate Fellow and a current 2016-2018 HASTAC Scholar. While at Cornell, she has developed and taught Riot Acts: Public Performance and Protest (Performing and Media Arts) and Perspectives on Brazil: History, Culture, Identity (Romance Studies).