Daniella Vinitski Mooney, PhD is an artist-scholar with an emphasis in experimental performance and intersectional identity. Daniella’s recent manuscript, The Immersive Theatre of GAle GAtes (Routledge), is a descriptive narrative of the Brooklyn-based company described by Dr. Marvin Carlson as the “true innovator” the immersive theatre movement so popular today. As a scholar, she has published with Bloomsbury, Ecumenica, International Journal of Performance and Media, Routledge, Theatre History Journal, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Ugly Duckling Presse, and has presented for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium, Mid-American Theatre Conference, and the University of Toronto FOOT Conference. As an artist, Daniella has also had the pleasure of working with Pig Iron Theatre (grant writer), the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (assistant director, dramaturg, performer), Skeleton Rep (performer), The Tank NYC (actress/playwright), PlayPenn (dramaturg/performer), Iron Age (playwright/performer), as well as with 6-Viewpoints founder Mary Overlie, (performer) and has collaborated closely with the University of Colorado MFA dance program as well as the former Naropa University MFA program in performance. Daniella has also guest taught, lectured, and created curriculum for York University, the University of the Virgin Islands, the University of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Temple University, Penn State, Bristol University, Pomona College, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Since relocating back to Ontario, Daniella participated as Honored Guest at the Director’s Lab North held at the Tarragon, and dramaturgs for the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. Daniella’s MFA thesis project at York University is The Pearl, an autoethnographic multidisciplinary performance study centering on the intersection of disability, institutional erasure, and artist identity, recognized through an Ontario Graduate Scholarship as well as a Dorothy and Ian H. MacDonald Award. As a proponent of visible parenting and the arts, Daniella is a two-time grant review member for PAAL (Parent Artist Advocacy League), has been a guest speaker on parenting, dramaturgy, and the pandemic for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas as well as the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, and has a chapter on motherhood and the theatre for a late 2023 anticipated Routledge anthology. Daniella is trained through the NYU Tisch School Experimental Theatre Wing and the Royal Academy in London. daniellavinitski.com
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