kelly rafferty



Kelly writes screenplays, solo performance, stage plays, and academic research.  She uses her dark sense of humor and finely tuned analytical skills to make the familiar strange, allowing audiences to see the world differently.  Her writings have staged the sexuality of colonialism in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, the daily life of a bisexual Barbie, and the unexpected connections between the genealogies of feminist body art and the often-macho contemporary practice of bioart.

Kelly excels at delivering on a deadline and collaborating with smart writers.  She has written with artist and scholar Heather Warren-Crow, social media beast Harrison Foster, and members of the Tony-Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Kelly’s plays and performance texts have been staged at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Stage Werx, University of California, Berkeley, the Torch Theatre, and Arizona State University.  Her academic writing has been published in TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and the Canadian Theatre Review.  Her writing has been funded by grants from the Berkeley Stem Cell Center, the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures, Arizona State University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Her web comedy The Van Life is currently in post-production and she’s developing a dramedy about elite junior athletes.

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