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Read Shanks’s essay on Rafa Esparza and Rebeca Hernandez’s performance piece, building: a simulacrum of power in the Winter 2018 issue of X-TRA:

Macalester College

Shanks recently choreographed a production of The Cherry Orchard, presented by the Theater and Dance Department at Macalester College. The production, directed by professor Beth Clearly, was the last theater piece performed in the college’s Janet Wallace Theater. At the end of November the theater, built in the 1960s, will be razed to make room for a new theater and dance complex.

The Graham Foundation

Along with collaborators Jia Gu, Aurora Tang, Tanya Brodsky, Erin and Ian Besler, and Fiona Connor, Shanks received a Graham Foundation grant to support a collaborative, site-specific public art project entitled, Privacies Infrastructure. Read a description of the project at the link:

Los Angeles Public Radio, KCRW

Working with Materials & Applications director Jia Gu, Shanks created a site-specific performance for an outdoor, public experimental built space. Read a preview of the performance at the link:

American Society for Theater Research

Shanks has successfully been awarded research grants by ASTR in 2015 and 2016. See a list of winners, including Shanks, at the links:

Center for the Study of Women, UCLA

Read a short piece Shanks wrote describing how she used the travel grant she was awarded by the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA:

Hammer Museum

Below are the full project descriptions of two performances in which Shanks performed, both presented at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

LA Weekly

With collaborator Sheila Malone, Shanks created time-based installations in 2012 and 2013 for the queer arts festival INSTALL:WeHo in Los Angeles. At the link find a review of the festival, including Malone and Shanks’s piece in 2012: