Honors Theses


Michelle Hayford


Theater, Dance and Performance Technology

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Honors Thesis


The history of gender performance is long and complex, spanning across different times and places that are each fascinating in their right and worth being studied. This thesis focuses specifically on the drag performances that take place in and around Dayton, Ohio. The research presented here is based on explorations of two distinct time periods 100 years apart from each other, the turn of the 20th century and the modern day. These two distinct times and cultures are each characterized by the performances that occurred, how they were received by audiences, the identities of the performers and the degree of social acceptance they received. This thesis uses primary data collected from archives, field observations, and oral histories to construct an accurate account of the legacies of drag performance in Dayton, cementing the importance of queer life and culture in the history of the city.

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Undergraduate research


Theatre and Performance Studies