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Dr Alissa Mello

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am a theatre artist, scholar and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the University of Exeter. My interests include women and performance, gender, identity and practice. My current project is a trans-historical study of women and gender in Punch and Judy. My publications include Women and Puppetry: Critical and Historical Investigations (recipient of the 2022 UNIMA-USA Nancy Staub Award and finalist for ATHE’s 2020 Excellence in Editing Award) with Claudia Orenstein and Cariad Astles and two forthcoming edited volumes under contract with Routledge: 

  • Race, Gender and Disability in Puppetry and Material Performance, co-edited with Paulette Richards and Laura Purcell-Gates
  • Making Meaning with Puppets: Material, Performance, Perception with Dassia Posner and Claudia Orenstein.

I was a founding member of Inkfish, and performed and choreographed with Theodora Skipitares, Anna Kiraly, Jane Catherine Shaw and Ishara Puppet Theater. From 2019 - 2022 I was the Managing Director at Sandglass Center for Puppetry and Theater Research. Beginning in 2023 I will be the editor of UNIMA-USA’s biannual journal Puppetry International.

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