Kiera Bono is a Ph.D. Student in the Theatre and Performance program at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at The City College of New York. Approaching biopolitical questions surrounding disability, queerness, food, and diaspora, their work explores performances of assimilation and resistance. Bono’s academic research and practice-based research inform each other deeply, stewing in the blurriness between subject and object, internal and external, consumer and consumed, etc. Through multisensorial scores and choreographies of care, Bono engages with embodied and digital archives of labor, trauma, and relationality.

Their academic research has been presented at the 2019 American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Conference, the 2020 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference, and the 2021 CUNY Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association (DTSA) Conference, and their interdisciplinary performance practice has been supported by the Catwalk Art Residency (2017, 2018), the Old Furnace Artist Residency (2018), The Whole Shebang Open Space Residency (2019), the Snug Harbor PASS Residency (2020-2021), and the Dance/NYC Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellowship Program (2020, 2021). They have had the pleasure of performing in the work of Zoey Hart, Ella Dawn W-S/Dancews, and Melissa West, as well as collaborating with Melisande Echanique, Laura Farrell, Alexander Enzo Hope, Simone Johnson, Yo-Yo Lin, Londs Reuter, and Julia Lucrecia Taveras, among others.

Research Interests

  • Digestive rituals
  • Disability aesthetics in performance
  • Decolonial choreographies and dramaturgies of transatlantic diaspora
  • Queer temporality in performance
  • Performances of assimilation and resistance