Nesbitt is a contemporary performance artist, producer, and therapist of twenty years.
Nesbitt merges physical comedy, performance art, and sound/video to create original, outlandish performances that defy easy categorization. While juxtaposing pratfalls with the seriousness, absurdities with sincerity, and pathos with surreal-humor, Nesbitt explores themes of sexuality, aging, and intimacy.
Nesbitt employs layered costuming, makeshift props, and superhero motifs. Lowbrow video animations merge with non-linear narratives and absurd audio mash-ups. Shapeshifting characters, audience interaction, and the utilization of opaque marketing techniques make for a dynamic intermedia comedy. Atmospheres fluctuate between high energy bathos and amusing moments of quiet intimacy.
Audiences members have described Nesbitt’s performances as transcendentalist hilarity, utterly inexplicable, and wonderfully wrenching. Nesbitt has been awarded grants for the creation of interdisciplinary ensemble performances, has self produced tours, and been a long time community art organizer.
Nesbitt has been a resident of Portland, Oregon since 2013.
Work Samples Below
Nesbitt has performed at the Andorra International Festival of All Women Clowns in 2005 and since has toured Europe and the States (see TOUR) performing in fringe festivals, speakeasies, black boxes, nursing homes, puppet slams, backyards, bunkers, and inside a dumpster.
Nesbitt has training in Physical Theatre and 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).
As a therapist, Nesbitt 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. With an extensive background in elder care, Nesbitt is very excited to co-produce an intergenerational performance art festival called Alone/Together.