Nigel O'Hearn

Nigel O'Hearn received his MA from the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities in 2017 and a BA from St. Edward's University in 2009, where he double majored in Theatre and English. After undergrad, Nigel served as Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of Palindrome Theatre in his hometown, Austin, Texas. He moved to Chicago in early 2014 to work in Chicago's vibrant storefront theatre community. In addition to taking a number of poetics and poetry courses during his MAPH year, Nigel emphasized in the university's new graduate-level Theatre and Performance Studies option; his analytical research in that field focused on the implications of neurocognitive processes on performance. Like a crazy person, Nigel also completed a UChicago Arts, Sciences, and Culture Graduate Collaborative grant last year, working with a neuropsychology student to devise and implement a study that gauged the cognitive and emotional impact of collaborative poetry reading on Alzheimer's patients and their primary caregivers. Nigel applied this work to his creative thesis, "Song We Forgot to Sing: a play in several scenes and poems," which is a verse dramatization of that study process. Nigel goes full-dork about Scandinavian dramatic literature and has been slowly learning Norwegian for the past five years.