In 2019, I received funding from the National Parks Service and the Boston Foundation to activate urban national parks through site-specific performance with my company, The Reciprocity Collaborative. Inspired by history and informed by the way visitors move through and experience Old North Church, we investigated both the historic and the contemporary treatment of the Old North Church campus.

Led by Sue Murad and Jenna Pollack, the Reciprocity Collaborative team designed guiding questions to link artist and site through creative inquiry, driven by observation and engagement with the everyday rhythms of Old North Church. Prompts focused on formal architectural elements, as well as the visible and invisible conventions, social interactions, and expectations of the site itself. By creating site-specific, immersive performances in non-traditional settings, the team engaged in practice-based research to unpack how significant spaces such as Old North Church fit into our daily lives. 

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