Bard Faculty

Adrienne Truscott

Visiting Artist in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance


BA, Wesleyan University. Adrienne Truscott is a choreographer, circus acrobat, dancer, writer, comedian, performance artist, provocateur, and one-half of the Wau Wau Sisters, an award-winning burlesque duo that has appeared at, among other venues, the Edinburgh (best cabaret), Melbourne, and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, as well as at Bard’s Spiegeltent. She was one of 20 artists selected nationally for the inaugural 2014 Doris Duke Impact Artist Award and is a 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grantee for theater/performance art. Also in 2017, her solo performance piece THIS was nominated for a New York Performance Award (Bessie) for outstanding production. In its review of THIS, the New York Times described Truscott as “funny as she was brash: an unapologetic feminist, a comedian and a dancer, with a subversive side tempered by a chummy, wisecracking wit.” Recent projects also include Avant-Garde-Arama, at Performance Space New York; Wild Bore, a collaboration with Ursula Martinez and Zoe Coombs Marr; Adrienne Truscott’s a One-Trick Pony (or Andy Kaufman is a Feminist Performance Artist and I’m a Comedian); and Adrienne Truscott’s Asking for It. Her solo comedic work and group choreographic works have been presented at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs, PS122, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, Dublin Fringe Festival, Danspace, Boom Arts, New York Live Arts, and Dance Theater Workshop, among others. Truscott’s writing has appeared in two anthologies, Women of Letters: Between Us and Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex, as well as the Guardian, Mamamia, and other print and online publications. She previously taught at Wesleyan University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Yale University. At Bard: Fall 2018.