Nesbitt is a contemporary performance artist who creates original, outlandish performances that defy easy categorization. Merging physical comedy, performance art, and sound/video, Nesbitt creates thought provoking boundary-busting work that pushes beyond disciplinary confines and highlights issues relevant to our times. There is no better time than now for the vulnerability and self-effacement of physical comedy. With Nesbitt’s extensive training in and Physical Theatre, she embodies the archetype of the fool. She breaks the 4th wall and holds a space of radical performance which fluctuates between an atmosphere of high energy bathos and amusing moments of quiet intimacy.
Juxtaposing pratfalls with the seriousness, absurdities with sincerity, and pathos with surreal-humor, Nesbitt utilizes non-linear narratives that explore themes of feminism, sexuality, aging, healing, identity, disparity, pop culture, genealogy, memory, dreams, psyche, intimacy, alienation, and love. Nesbitt employs layered costuming, makeshift props, object puppetry, superhero motifs, bedazzled spandex, and gender-bending drag along with the use of opaque marketing, paper cut video animations, and DIY lowbrow aesthetics. Nesbitt also experiments in sound design making absurd audio mash-ups and uses sync-error jokes (the recorded score and movements becoming deliberately out of sync). Creatively combined this makes for a dynamic intermedia comedy.
Nesbitt creates endearing alter ego weirdos that utilize self referential humor, the concepts of mask/counter-mask, and shapeshifter and sci-fi tropes. She often uses the arch of the shero's journey, and satirizes marketing techniques by cannily coining such a phrase as "Vaginal Consciousness (VAGCON™)". She uses meta-humor, rhythm, rhyme, puns, and catchy call back phrases. Audiences members have described Nesbitt’s performances as transcendentalist hilarity, utterly inexplicable, and wonderfully wrenching (see PHOTOS & VIDEOS below).
Nesbitt has performed at the Andorra International Festival of All Womens Clowns in 2005, and since toured Europe and the States (see TOUR) performing in fringe festivals, speakeasies, black boxes, curated shows, puppet slams, backyards, bunkers, and inside a dumpster (see dumpster photo at bottom of CV). Nesbitt loves to share evening shows with other artists from diverse backgrounds. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission and has been a resident of Portland, Oregon since 2013. Nesbitt also has a background in Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a Bachelors Degree in the Arts & Sciences with a certification in Occupational Therapy.
Creative influences on Nesbitt's current work comes from outer space, her DIY community, and such forces as Narcissister, Jill Soloway, Donna Haraway, Meredith Monk, Queen Shmooquan, James Baldwin, Alan Watts, Laurie Anderson, Leonard Shlain, Wilhelm Reich, Adam Rutherford, bell hooks, Malidoma Some, Edith Bouvier Beale, Maria Bamford, Miranda July, Cindy Sherman, Spalding Gray, Process Works, Andy Kaufman, and Dario Fo (see INFLUENCES).
Nesbitt gives credit to her masterful fool teacher Giovanni Fusetti who taught her that ‘Intelligence is Limited. Stupidity is Infinite’. To the eternal Obie playwright Laurie Carlos who taught her that ‘Everything is already in the room.’ To the the schools of The Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater, the Pig Iron Theater Company, The Celebration Barn Theater, and my DIY community (See TRAINING). Thank You.