Christina Novakov-Ritchey (CNR) is a scholar and interdisciplinary performance artist based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Belgrade, Serbia. CNR holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis in Comparative Literature; a Master’s in Culture and Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and is currently a doctoral student in UCLA’s Culture and Performance program. CNR’s dissertation contests denigrating representations of rural culture in Serbia by producing collaborative artworks with cultural practitioners in Serbian villages. Her areas of interest include social aesthetics, rural temporalities, post-socialist ritual, and anarchist anthropology.

CNR’s scholarly and performative practices sit in tandem. Under the tutelage of artists Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Julie Tolentino, and Franko B, CNR’s performance practice has evolved into a process of material investigation. Invested in the intersections of labor, endurance, aesthetics, and everyday life, CNR’s practice questions the material dimension of collaboration and how we can develop corporeal languages through which to communicate beyond the museum, the gallery, and the theatre.

In another life–and occasionally still in this life–CNR works as a dramaturg. CNR has served as a dramaturg at institutions including the Kennedy Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Playwrights Foundation, and California Shakespeare Theater. The collaborations most dear to her heart are with Campo Santo (San Francisco) and PearlDamour (New Orleans/New York).

Contact at cnovakov (at) ucla (dot) edu or on Facebook

Click here to see a list of CNR’s current and past projects.