Avila Reese is a continuing Ph.D. student in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests investigate representations of femininity and corporeality as transgressive, performative identity, and embodied archive. An actress, director, and performance artist, Avila explores academic research in tandem with artistic practice. Her devised work with performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña (Corpo Ilicto, Mexercise, Sesion Abierta), and as an actress under the direction of Dominique Serrand (of the Tony award winning theatre company Teatre de la Jeune Lune) in Come Hell and Highwater, have had undeniable influence upon her continuing explorations as an artist and practitioner, and have helped shape her interests in interdisciplinary approaches in performance, scholarship and pedagogical inquiry. Avila received a B.A. in English Literature from University of California, Berkeley and an M.F.A in Acting from University of California Davis.