1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Kelli Shermeyer

Degrees

M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2015

Honors B.A. with distinction in English Literary Studies, University of Delaware, 2012

            Minors: Medieval Studies, History

 

Kelli Shermeyer is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Virginia and a theatre director, producer, and dramaturg. As an academic and a practitioner, she is interested in representations of violence; texts about war, catastrophe, and apocalypse; site-specific performance projects; and the fantastic in art and literature.

Her dissertation argues that contemporary tragedy and theories of the posthuman are mutually illuminating when their shared questioning of suffering, agency, and futurity is filtered through other-than-human figures. The project focuses on the role that children, animals, and natural forces play in works by Caryl Churchill, Martin McDonagh, Wole Soyinka, Marina Carr, Peter Shaffer, Edward Albee, and Sarah Kane. At the University of Virginia, she teaches courses on modern and contemporary literature, political theatre, and the zombie as a literary and cultural phenomenon.

A portfolio of Kelli’s creative work can be found at www.kellishermeyer.com.

Specialties

Critical Theory, Drama

PUBLICATIONS

2017     “‘Systems Die Hard’: Resistance and Reanimation in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One,” The Written Dead: The Zombie as a Literary Phenomenon, ed. Kyle William Bishop and Angela Tenga (Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2017); pp. 120-132.

 

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2017    Institute for Humanities and Global Culture’s Graduate Student Public Humanities Lab (Primary Investigator of the Art in Public working group and Core Member of the lab), Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, University of Virginia, 2017-2018

2017    UVA Department of English Summer Research Grant, UVA Department of English

2016    Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective Graduate Research Fellowship, University of     Virginia

2016    Irish Seminar Fellowship, Keough Naughton Institute of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

2016    UVA Department of English Summer Research Grant, UVA Department of English

2015    Learning Technology Incubator Grant (Participant), University of Virginia, 2015-2016

 

INVITED TALKS

2016    “‘Be patient, for the world is broad and wide’: Text, Performance, and the Digital Humanities,” Washington and Lee University, May 9

 

CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

Papers Presented

2017    “Practices for Exploring the Unknown: Fostering Intellectual Curiosity with Digital Tools,” with Patricia Sullivan, Steph Ceraso, and James Ascher, Innovations in Pedagogy Summit at UVa, May 3

2017    “At the Crossroads of Horror and Tragedy: The Child in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, March 22-25

2016    “Writing as Learning: Advice from the Writing Center,” with Kate Kostelnik, Innovations in Pedagogy Summit at UVa, May 4

2016    “Haunted by History: The Material and Metaphorical Specters of Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Mar 16-20

2015    “Writing, Inquiry, and Assignment Design,” with Jim Seitz, Innovations in Pedagogy Summit at UVa, May 6

2015    “Narrative, Authenticity, and the Fantastic Female Body in Conor McPherson’s The Weir,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Mar 18-22

2014    “Suicide in the Age of Zombies and Destruction: Re-coding Trauma in Whitehead’s Zone One,International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Mar 19-23

2013    Director v. Author: Who Owns The Changeling?Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, Oct 23 27

2012    “‘Deeper and Sweeter’: The Merits of the Asylum Subplot in Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling,” 26st Annual UVa-Wise Medieval Renaissance Conference, Sep 20-22

 

Special Sessions Organized

2017    Co-director of “The Return of the Flash Play Festival,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Mar 22-25

2016    Co-director of “Live from ICFA!: Flash Plays by the ThesBots,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Mar 16-20

 

Discussant

2017    Invited pre-conference participant and panelist, Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference, Lewisburg, October 5-8

 

ACADEMIC SEMINARS & INSTITUTES

2017    Participant in the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard   University on “Research, Pedagogy, Activism”

2016    Participant in The Irish Seminar on Classical Influences, Keough-Naughton Institute for     Irish Studies, Notre Dame

 

THEATRE DIRECTING, PRODUCING, AND DRAMATURGY

Full Directing/Producing resume available on request

 

2017    Creative Assistant to the Artistic Director (artistic direction internship), Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville

2017    Co-director, Live Arts Gala (site-specific, micro-theatre), Charlottesville

2017    Dramaturg, Locally Sourced, 2017, Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville

2017    Producer, Death of a Salesman, Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville

2017    Artistic Season Selection Reader, Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville

2016    Director, The Electric Baby, Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville

2016    Dramaturg, Hunter Gatherers, Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville

2016    Literary Consultant, Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville

2015    Assistant Director, Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike, Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville

2015    Director, The Master and Margarita Venue at the Live Arts Gala (site-specific), Charlottesville

2014    Producer, The Sugar, Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville

2014    Producer, The Master and Margarita, Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville