Tawny Andersen is a Ph.D candidate in the department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Her research takes as its object the slippery concept of 'performativity', which Tawny seeks to theorize at the intersection of the philosophy of language, poststructuralist philosophy and gender and queer studies in reference to live art practices. Tawny's academic research is nourished by her extensive performing career with European directors such as Jan Fabre, Meg Stuart, Chantal Akerman and Kris Verdonck. Her own artistic research has been supported by multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Flemish Minister of Culture, while her doctoral research is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council award. Tawny holds a Masters degree in Performance Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (summa cum laude).