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Adrienne Truscott

Adrienne Truscott received a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Artist Award and is a 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grantee for Theater/Performance Art. Her solo comedic work and group choreographic works have been presented at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, Darwin Festival, PS122, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, Dublin Fringe, Danspace, Boom Arts, New York Live Arts, The Malthouse Theater (Melbourne), and Dance Theater Workshop. Her form-busting show Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! won the 2013 Edinburgh Foster’s Panel-Prize, was a finalist for the Total Theater Award for Playing With Form and is considered a critical impetus to the evolving conversation about rape culture. It has been presented by or included in curriculum at Cal Arts, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Louis and Clarke College, among others. Her solo show about humor, memory and trauma, THIS was nominated for a 2017 New York Performance Award (Bessie) for Outstanding Production. Wild Bore, a ‘meta rebuke to critical writing’ was nominated for a Green Room Award (Aussie Obie) for New Writing For The Australian Stage and Best Ensemble, winning for Best Ensemble. The Wau Wau Sisters, her boundary busting neo-vaudevillian collaboration with Tanya Gagne, have been presented by the Sydney Opera House, Joe’s Pub, CBGB’s, Victoria Arts Center, and The Roundhouse, and won the prestigious 2009 Herald Angel Award in the company of The Wooster Group and Patti Smith.

Truscott’s essays have appeared in Women of Letters: Between Us and Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex, as well as in The Guardian. She has appeared as a storyteller at the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas, on The Moth and other live storytelling series. She has conceived several short films for the Wau Wau Sisters, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Q & A (AU) and several other TV shows, appeared in Jennie Livingston’s Who’s The Top and was featured in the film and soundtrack of John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus. She has guest taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Wesleyan University, Princeton University, CalArts, Bard, and Barnard College.