Ryan Tacata, PhD is a performance maker and scholar living in San Francisco. He has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) and received his PhD in Performance Studies from Stanford University. His recent performance projects include Lolas (2017, Asian Art Museum, a performance installation in honor of Filipino grandmothers); dancing in Doggie Hamlet (2015-) by Ann Carlson (a site-specific dance with four human performers, sheep herding dogs, and 60+ sheep); For You, (2016-) with Erika Chong Shuch (a series of performances for audiences of 12); The Magical Order of … (2014) with Julie Tolentino for YBCA in Community (a group work with young Bay Area artists); Artists Weather Television (a televisual gallery of emerging artists working with weather conditions for SF Public Access, forthcoming); and Séance (a dance work with four Spiritualist mediums, forthcoming). He has collaborated with Leslie Hill and Helen Paris of Curious on a number of performance and teaching projects, including Writing Desires, Performing Hope (2012) with women from Hope House in Redwood City (a six-month residential alcohol and drug treatment program for women who are released from the California Department of Corrections or are homeless). He received the Diane Middlebrook Prize (2013) in recognition of his feminist pedagogy with the Hope House Scholar Program. His academic research investigates alternative methods of archival research, performance art historiography, and experimental spatial practice. His dissertation "La Mamelle: Bay Area Conceptual Performance Art and The Alternative Art Archive" engages the La Mamelle/Art Com archive and various histories of West Coast conceptualism. As an educator, his workshops and university classes cover a range of topics, including interspecies performance, art and climate/meteorology, practice-based research, body art, automobiles in the avant-garde, and the sporting event. As a Visiting Faculty member, he has taught in the department of History and Theory of Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Art Institute and in the MFA Theater and Performance Making Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (SF) and University of Chichester (UK). He is currently Lecturer in the Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture (ITALIC) program at Stanford University.
Related Press and ReviewsSF Chronicle: "Performance Artist Creates Theatrical Experience Just ‘For You’" by Lily Janiak (April 3, 2017).