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Gedney Barclay (b. Seattle, 1987) is an artist working between performance, video, and installation. Her work has been presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, Vox Populi, the New Ohio Theater, and the Kimmel Center. Past favorite collaborations include Pig Iron Theatre Company, Ledzek Majik, Kelly Nipper, and 5 years with No Face Performance Group as a co-artistic director. She has given talks at the MIT List, Pratt Institute, Satellite Miami and Vox Populi Gallery. She currently teaches in the Humanities and Media Studies Department at Pratt Institute, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.



M.S. Art, Culture, and Technology, MIT
B.A. African American Studies and Theater, Phi Beta Kappa, Wesleyan University


2017 Fellow, Skidmore College Storytellers’ Institute
2016 Recipient, Center for the Arts at MIT Grant
2015 Recipient, Center for the Arts at MIT Grant
2014 Recipient, CEC Artslink Grant
2014 Recipient, MIT ACT Pilot Grant
2014 Recipient, MIT Department of Architecture Graduate Fellowship
2009 Recipient, W. E. B. Du Bois Prize, African American Studies Department, Wesleyan University
2009 Recipient, Rachel Henderson Award, Theater Department, Wesleyan University


Dept. of Humanities and Media Studies
Transdisciplinary writing, Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2016 Guest instructor & guest lecturer
Theater Department
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Instructor Caleb Hammond
Acting I, Advanced Studio Seminar

2015-2016 Co-instructor
Dept. of Art, Culture and Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
4.s32 Performance Art Workshop, Fall & Spring
Instructor Kelly Nipper
Special Collaborations: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

2014-2015 Co-instructor
Dept. of Art, Culture and Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
4.s32 Domes on Extinction
Instructor Gabriel Kahan
Special Collaborations: Jumex Museum, Gustav Metzger


2017 Symposium: Embodied Cognition
Pratt Institute Department of Humanities and Media Studies, Brooklyn, NY
Presenter and panelist

2016 Gallery talk: Narrative Color
MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, MA
Guest speaker

2015 Performance and the Political
Satellite Miami with Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Miami, FL
Featured Panelist

2013 Mediated Presidency: The Assassination Attempt of President Ronald Reagan
Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Featured Panelist


Festosium, Skidmore College
in collaboration with Asa Horvitz and Sacred Harp singers

2016 mangled machines, missing stars, windswept ashes, and a little red trike
Keller Gallery, MIT Cambridge, MA
(video & installation, group exhibition)

2015 no, yet–
Artist Run by Tiger Strikes Asteroid with Satellite Miami, Miami, FL
(solo performance)

it could be an algorithm, ACT Cube, MIT, Cambridge, MA

2015 Yarn-dez-vous¬, Culturrunners
Armory Pier, NYC
Created by Azra Aksamija
(video design & production)

2014 The Foreigner
MIT’s Edge of Arabia Culturrunners Symposium, Cambridge, MA
Created by Sohrab Kashani and Jon Rubin

2014 Endangered Radio
Symposium on Extinction, ACT Cube, Cambridge, MA
co-produced by Gustav Metzger, the Jumex Museum, and MIT
(sound installation)

2014 De l’Ombre à la Lumière
Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, FR
dir. Leszek Majik, Sergei Kovalevich, Jean-François Favreau, Fabrice Nicot
(lead performer/soloist)

2013 We Are Still Here
CounterPULSE San Francisco, CA
dir. Asa Horvitz and Lukasz Korczak
(lead performer/creator)

2013 Via Negativa
Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree, CA
(solo performance)

2013 From the Swamp to the Stars
Kimmel Center PIFA premiere, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

2012 spaceplay
No Face Performance Group, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

2011 Installation
No Face Performance Group, The Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

2011 Twelfth Night
dir. Dan Rothenberg, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA & New York
(asst. director & movement choreographer)


2017 Fellow
Storytellers’ Institute, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

2014 Performer-in-residence
Andrei Tarkovsky Institute for Sacred Arts, Pontigny, FR

2013 Artist-in-residence
Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree, CA

2013 Featured company
Kimmel Center’s 2nd Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA (with No Face Performance Group)

2012 Apprentice
Headlong Dance Theater, Philadelphia, PA

2011 Resident apprentice
Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Performer-in-residence
Associazione Orma Fluens, Umbria, IT

2009 Research Fellow
Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities, Middletown, CT


“Transitions are practically danced. But yet within the score the whole thing retains a looseness. We get beauty and precision without any sacrifice of spontaneity or life. It's a balance many productions struggle with. In Twelfth Night Pig Iron makes it look effortless.”

–New York Theatre Review

“a lovely and even magical night at the theatre. A combination of excellent design, wonderful Balkan-inspired music, and physically engaged actors has created a production that has a palpable energy.”

–The Huffington Post

"She wants to talk about everything while talking about one little part of it, encourage an experience of a now...poetry yelled into the expanse, wind whipping, the truth of a body curled back into a perfect hole in the rock at the end of the show. And this frame for an evening an excuse to bring people into a magical land to feel their own bodies, cool faced, sand in your shoes."

–High Desert Test Sites

“From the Swamp to the sort of about the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, but more about cultural transition, media saturation and American hysteria. Directed by Gedney Barclay with a choreographer’s eye for movement, it’s a mélange of late-Cold-War miscellanea, vintage footage of the Gipper, musical interludes, outbursts of pop culture and surreal hallucinations.”

–Dotun Akintoye, Philadelphia City Paper

"She speaks with a staggering exactness of tone. I had the sense I was entering into the genetic code of the English language…she entered truly into the sound of the language, approaching the point of mystery where sound transforms into sense through the alchemy of diction, or "Oratio" as it is called in Latin. Thank you for this beautiful moment."

–Marcel Pérès, musicologist, composer, and director of Ensemble Organum