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Five and a Half Feet and Fearsome

Shannon Savard ’15, MAT ’16 will perform “Five and a Half Feet of Fearsome,” a comedy written, directed and starring Savard in the McDonald Theatre of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

“Five and a Half Feet of Fearsome” is a satire that tackles the hysteria, confusion and complexity surrounding transgender bodies in America today. Savard will share reflections on Judy Blume, the Texas Senate bill protecting transgender people, middle-aged white male doctors and Bertha the angry Uterus.

A Ph.D. student, graduate teaching assistant, dramaturg and director in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University, Savard studies issues at the intersection of gender identity and theatre. This spring, they completed a master of arts in theatre after conducting extensive archival research and interviews to uncover “histories of gay and lesbian theatres in the Midwest” for their thesis, “Growing Tribes: Reality Theatre at Columbus’ Gay and Lesbian Community.”

At the Colleges, Savard graduated with a B.A. in English and theatre, and earned a master of arts in teaching. Their master’s thesis was titled “Let Me Queer This Up for You: LGBTQ-Inclusive Pedagogy and Curricula.”

On Friday, Nov. 2 Savard will also offer a pre-show “Frame/Works” talk titled “Inside Jokes: Queer Humor, Community Building and Activism” at 4:30 p.m. in Williams 201. The talk will focus on “the ways in which LGBTQ performance has historically functioned as a space for community, resistance and healing, and how the legacy of queer humor has influenced ‘Five and a Half Feet of Awesome.’” They will also hold a discussion after the performance on Saturday.

Tickets are free and can be picked up in advance at the Gearan Center box office on Thursday, Nov. 1 or Friday, Nov. 2 between 2-5 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth at