Waist High & Elbow Deep

Concept and Direction by Megan Young
With Performers: Angela Luem, Penelope Hearne, Meghan Murphy-Sanchez, Emily Rose, Aerica Siegel, Marcia Custer, Emily Thompson, and Audience Participants

Music Composition & Performance:
Megan Elk / Miss Alexandra Huntingdon

Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2016)

Waist High & Elbow Deep presents performers as surrogates, objects, and proxies – directed by viewer participants. Interactive games reveal how even public performance is a form of physical contract. We dismantle performance methods while considering the everyday performance of identity in society. We interrogate the practice of offering bodies for pleasure and consider the physical agreements contracted or implied in social events, personal relationships, and even workplace settings.


Exhibition History: Chicago Cultural Center (IL), Salonathon (IL), Outerspace (IL), Center for Applied Theater & Active Culture (OH), The Nash (OH)

Video Credits: Kellen Walker, Megan Young, Leo Selvaggio, Penelope Hearne

Project Development Support: Alex Borgen, Caitlin Rafferty, Bryan Saner, and Kelly Skala

Photo Credits: MB Stanton, Madelyn Smith