Cyra K. Polizzi


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Cyra K. Polizzi works in -- wait, we both know I'm writing this, why pretend, right?

Hi! I'm Cyra! You can call me "Cyra" or "C" (or if you absolutely must, "Mx. Polizzi") and my everyday pronouns are they/them and she/her. I'm writing this from Teejop/Dejope/Madison, where the Ho-Chunk People have a long cultural and governmental history that continues today. I work in performance and film, focusing on theater acting while also engaging in directing, writing, education, and community movement forms. Much of my work incorporates humor, multi-issue activism, and queer alternatives to compulsory actions.

My current primary project is an accessible, sustainable, feminist theater practice using non-capitalist tools, which I am formally developing and documenting during my graduate work in the Gender & Women's Studies Department and the Center for Culture, History, and Environment at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The past and future of this project are connected to my work with Indie Boots Theatre to feature underrepresented perspectives, my 15 years working in arts and activism in Chicago, my undergrad in Theatre Acting, Environmental Studies, and Women's Studies at UW-Madison, and growing up in rural Southwest Wisconsin.

Performing since age five, I've been lucky to experience a variety of disciplines, play a wide range of characters in established pieces, and originate roles in many new works. With the help of teachers, collaborators, and audiences, I've explored possibilities in realism, as well as more stylized approaches, from silent movement-based work to campy drag musicals. I'm frequently called upon to present and discuss queer, feminist, and bi (handy bi 101 sheet) performance and independent film in theaters, classrooms, and festivals.

I'm also found putting my eclectic movement background to use, dancing and teaching the lead and follow in social partner dancing, a form I first learned among shelves of pottery in my parents' art studio (handy dancing FAQs sheet), spending time outside, eating yummy vegan food (handy vegan FAQs sheet), and engaging in various forms of activism (handy voter sheet).

To contact me about your upcoming theatre piece, festival, event, program, class, workshop, conference, or other fun project, message me at cyrakpolizzi@gmail or facebook.

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Calendar of Public Performances & Events
Now!Brief Grad School Hiatus!UW-Madison
May 15, 2018Internalized Theory of LoveAkvavit Theatre &
International Voices Project
Apr 23, 2018Do We Know Each Other?The Plagiarists - Year X Salon
Nov 13, 2017The No Just Spilled OutSappho's Salon Outreach Event
Sep 24, 2017Missing: Part One of a 1000 Part Series
on Bisexuality and Language
Celebrate Bi Day Chicago
Aug 3, 2017Do We Know Each Other?Edgewater Theatre District
Aug 2, 2017In a Land of Enchantment Writers' Bloc Summer Play Fest
Jul 9, 2017Bisexuality! Identities, Representations,
& Attraction to More Than One Gender
Workshop
May 8 - 10,
2017
The Zoe PlaysIndie Boots Theatre Festival
Indie Boots Theatre
Apr 29, 2017The No Just Spilled OutNorthwestern's Queertopia
Mar 15, 2017Beginning East Coast Swing LessonGallery Dance
Feb 14, 2017Missing: Part One of a 1000 Part Series
on Bisexuality and Language
Sappho's Salon
Feb 4, 2017The Light, and Everything Else, is BrokenIndie Boots Theatre
The Light, and Everything Else, is Broken
Dec 5, 2016Let's Eat MaryBrooke Allen
w/ Women & Children First
Dec 1 -
Dec 16, 2016
The March Sisters CarolIndie Boots Theatre
w/ Stage 773
Indie Boots Theatre
Nov 15, 2016Do We Know Each Other?
The No Just Spilled Out
Stockyards Theatre Project
w/ Greenhouse Theater
Oct 7 -
Oct 28, 2016
Bernie Todd: The Demon Barber of
Fleet Street...'s Brother: Recut
Hobo Junction Productions
with Stage 773
Sep 23, 2016Sea Creatures
Research
Celebrate Bi Day Chicago
Aug 19 -
Aug 21, 2016
The Weird Between UsIndie Boots
w/ Abbie Fest
Indie Boots Theatre
Aug 12, 2016Kings and Thrones and Sh*tNew Millennium Theatre
w/ Chicago Nerd Comedy Fest
Aug 4, 2016Halloween III Radio PlayWildclaw Theatre w/ It Came
From The Neo-Futurarium
Jul 25 -
Jul 27, 2016
The Meeting
Shrinkman
Hobo Junction Productions
May 16 -
May 18, 2016
Rutabagas, Business Cards, & Ava
Three Cheers for Ava
A.V.A.
Indie Boots Theatre Festival
Indie Boots Theatre
Apr 29 -
May 27, 2016
Happy May in JuneIndie Boots
with Stage 773
Indie Boots Theatre
Feb 9, 2016The No Just Spilled OutSappho's Salon
Jan 22, 2016Rutabagas, Business Cards, & Ava
You Could Come Back Over Here
Creating Change Conference
Dec 14 -
Dec 16, 2015
Christmas Turns 30
Azzmetta Abbington's Mistletoe Meatballs
Hobo Junction
@ Stage 773
Oct -
Nov 2015
Eleanor and HarryNorth Park University
In-Class Demonstations
Oct 25 -
Nov 10, 2015
Political VagendaStockyards Theatre
@ Public House Theatre
Oct 9 -
Oct 30, 2015
Bernie Todd: The Demon Barber of
Fleet Street...'s Brother
Hobo Junction
with Stage 773
Sep 25, 2015You Could Come Back Over Here
"Important" Issues
Celebrate Bi Day Chicago
@ Center on Halsted
Sep 5, 2015
The Fox in the Snow: The FilmO+ Festival
@ Citlalin Gallery and Theatre
Indie Boots Theatre
Aug 15, 2015
Between You & MeAbbie Fest
@ Mary-Arrchie Theatre
Indie Boots Theatre
Aug 2, 2015Fiddle Dee Don't906 Theatre Co.
@ Public House Theatre
Jun 9 -
Jul 1, 2015
There Might Be... StumbleIndie Boots Theatre
@ The Side Project Theatre
Indie Boots Theatre
Apr 27 -
Apr 29, 2015
Ella at the Office
Ella Finds Amelia
Indie Boots Theatre
@ The Side Project Theatre
Indie Boots Theatre
Apr 13, 2015MiteraStrangeloop Theatre
Mar 27, 2015Dance AnywhereChicago Cultural Center
Feb 11-
Mar 14, 2015
finding grafenbergtrip.
@ Hairpin Arts Center
Dec 12, 2014it's a holiday thingtrip.
@ Vagabond
Dec 8 -
Dec 10, 2014
It's a Wonderful Holiday PlayHobo Junction
@ Greenhouse Theater
Dec 7-
Dec 21, 2014
Holiday ConcertsNordic Voices
Nov 17-
Nov 24, 2014
Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 3.1
The Girls Together Again
Eggshells
Stockyards Theatre Project
@ Public House Theatre
Nov 11, 2014Zero to CrazyGreenhouse Theater
Sep 21, 2014Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 4.5
Celebrate Bi* Day Chicago
@ Center on Halsted
Sep 18 -
Sep 27, 2014
Hancock KongShort Attention Span Theater
@ Fury Theatre
Sep 8 -
Sep 10, 2014
Three WitchesLandmark Festival
@ Prologue Theatre
Aug 16, 2014
Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 1
Fox in the Snow - The Play
Abbie Fest
@ Mary-Arrchie Theatre
Jul 28, 2014Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 4Stockyards Theatre Project
@ Public House Theatre
Jul 21, 2014Passengers
Someone's in the Kitchen with Olivia
Stockyards Theatre Project
@ Public House Theatre
Jul 16, 2014A Choir of Glances (Performance Art)Chicago Cultural Center
May 8, 2014What Happened to the Quiet KidsIndie Boots Film Festival
@ Landmark Theatres
Apr 28 -
Apr 30, 2014
Lights Up Olivia
Olivia Names Her Octopus
Indie Boots Theatre Festival
@ Greenhouse Theater
Indie Boots Theatre
Apr 26, 2014The Pigeon FamilyPride Film Festival
Bryan, TX
Apr 7, 2014Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 5Stockyards Theatre Project
@ Public House Theatre
Feb 13 -
Mar 15, 2014
4Playtrip.
@ The Den
Dec 2013Holiday ConcertsNordic Voices
Dec 2 -
Dec 4, 2013
A Hipster Christmas CarolHobo Junction
@ Greenhouse
Nov 23, 2013Allison, My LoveCine De La Diversidad
Bolivia
Nov 7, 2013it's not a happening is it...trip.
Oct 20, 2013Downsizing, Or Jos & Brit Make Toast
Stockyards Theatre Project
Oct 11, 2013RetailAndersonville Arts Weekend
Oct 5 -
Oct 27, 2013
The Passion of DraculaTheatre-Hikes
Sep 22, 2013Downsizing, Or Jos & Brit Make Toast
(Excerpt Staged Reading)
Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Sep 15, 2013Allison, My LoveKansai Queer Film Fest
Japan
Aug 9 -
Aug 11, 2013
Toadstools & the Mechanical Man
Rebecca Back to Life
Full Voice and
mudgeonsoul @ Abbie Fest
Jul 29 -
Jul 30, 2013
MiteraStrangeloop's Loopshop
Jun 26, 2013The Pigeon FamilyFrameline: Intl LGBT Film Fest
San Francisco, CA
Jun 5, 2013The Pigeon FamilyOut Film CT, Hartford, CT
May 23, 2013I'm GayKashish Mumbai Q Film Fest
India
May 20 -
May 22, 2013
Indie Boots Theatre FestivalIndie Boots
@ Theatre Wit
May 9, 2013The Pigeon FamilyIndie Boots Film Festival
@ Landmark Theatres
May 2 -
May 5, 2013
Master Works FestivalCommedia Beauregard
@ Raven Theatre
Apr -
May, 2013
Spring ConcertsNordic Voices
Apr 25, 2013Allison, My LoveCinhomo Film Fest
Spain
Apr 7, 2013Beginning Swing Lesson: Lead and
Follow for Everyone
Open Dancing Presents
Mar 22 -
Mar 23, 2013
hope...trip.
@ Rooms Gallery
Mar 8, 2013Allison, My LoveLGCM Fest @ Women's Day
Spain
Feb 22, 2013Tuesday Night Make-OutBangalore Queer Film Fest
India
Jan 26, 2013Feminist Plays about NothingFull Voice @ COH
Dec 2012Holiday ConcertsNordic Voices
Nov 16, 2012Tuesday Night Make-OutBlue Nov MicroFilmFest
Seattle, WA
Nov 10, 2012Tuesday Night Make-OutIndianapolis LGBT Film Fest
Indianapolis, IN
Nov 5, 2012Play for KeepsStockyards Theatre Project
Nov 4, 2012The Fox in the SnowReel Love Film Fest
Madison, WI
Nov 2 -
Nov 8, 2012
Allison, My LoveLesGaiCineMad
Spain
Oct 31 -
Nov 25, 2012
Tales of the Twinkling TwilightRaven Theatre
Oct 26, 2012Tuesday Night Make-OutRed Wasp Film Fest
Bryan, TX
Oct 21, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out
Making LGBT Films (Panel)
Gay Film Weekend
Oct 21 -
Oct 27, 2012
Tuesday Night Make-Out
The Fox in the Snow
Perlen Queer Film Festival
Germany
Oct 5, 2012Important IssuesAndersonville Arts Weekend
Sep 28 -
Oct 6, 2012
The Fox in the Snow
Deidre
I'm Gay
Q! Film Festival
Indonesia
Sep 23, 2012The Fox in the Snow
Allison, My Love
Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Sep 22, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out
The Fox in the Snow
Allison, My Love
Celebrate Bisexuality Day NYC
New York, NY
Sep 15, 2012Allison, My LoveLong Beach QFilm Festival
Long Beach, CA
Sep 8, 2012The Fox in the SnowPortobello Film Fest
England
Aug 18, 2012Allison, My LoveLouisville LBGT Film Fest
Louisville, KY
Aug 18, 2012Dangerous to OurselvesWomen & Children First
Aug 11 -
Aug 18, 2012
Morning in the CafeDeep Fried Film Fest
Scotland
Aug 10 -
Aug 19, 2012
Tuesday Night Make-OutNorth Carolina G&L Film Fest
Durham, NC
Jul 26 -
Jul 29, 2012
Jilted: A Love Story
Product Placement
Women's Work Weekend
Jun 20, 2012Tuesday Night Make-OutFrameline: Intl LGBT Film Fest
San Francisco, CA
Jun 6, 2012The Fox in the SnowConnecticut G&L Film Fest
Hartford, CT
Jun 3 -
Jun 10, 2012
The Fox in the SnowOut Takes
New Zealand
May 22, 2012Allison, My LoveIndie Incubator Film Fest
May 2012Spring ConcertsNordic Voices
May 10, 2012The Fox in the SnowIndie Boots Film Festival
Apr 22, 2012The Fox in the SnowQFest
St. Louis, MO
Apr 15, 2012The Fox in the SnowButtered Corn Film Fest
Urbana, IL
Mar 19 -
Mar 21, 2012
Love Takes TenHobo Robo 4 @ Strawdog
Mar 3 -
May 26, 2012
El StoriesWaltzing Mechanics @
Greenhouse Theater
Feb 24 -
Feb 26, 2012
The Fox in the Snow
Deidre
Allison, My Love
I'm Gay
Bangalore Queer Film Fest
India
Jan 21, 2012Allison, My LoveNo Shame Theatre
Dec 11, 2012DeidreMerlinka Intl Queer Film Fest
Belgrade, Serbia
Dec 10, 2012I'm GayMerlinka Intl Queer Film Fest
Belgrade, Serbia
Dec 2011Lucia & Holiday ConcertsNordic Voices
Nov 15, 2011Allison, My LoveSerile Filmului Gay Intl Film Fest
Romania
Nov 15, 2011I'm GaySerile Filmului Gay Intl Film Fest
Romania
Nov 15, 2011DeidreSerile Filmului Gay Intl Film Fest
Romania
Nov 14, 2011The Fox in the SnowSerile Filmului Gay Intl Film Fest
Romania
Nov 14, 2011Scene from Love SucksSimply Sensational
Nov 12, 2011The Fox in the SnowIndianapolis LGBT Film Fest
Indianapolis, IN
Nov 11 -
Nov 13, 2011
Allison, My LoveHolebi Film Fest
Leuven, Belgium
Nov 5, 2011Allison, My LoveRiverside Saginaw Film Fest
Saginaw, MI
Nov 4 -
Nov 13, 2011
I'm GayHolebi Film Fest
Leuven, Belgium
Nov 3 -
Nov 26, 2011
Love SucksPFP @ Hydrate
Oct 23, 2011Bre'gan's FistGay Film Weekend
Oct 22, 2011Morning in the CafeRed Wasp Film Fest
Bryan, TX
Oct 21, 2011The Fox in the SnowRed Wasp Film Fest
Bryan, TX
Oct 21, 2011The Fox in the SnowMilwaukee LGBT Film Fest
Milwaukee, WI
Oct 15, 2011I'm GaySavannah G&L Film Fest
Savannah, GA
Oct 15, 2011The Fox in the SnowSacramento Intl G&L Film Fest
Sacramento, CA
Oct 9, 2011Play For KeepsStockyards Theatre Project
Sep 24, 2011The Fox in the SnowCinema Diverse
Palm Springs, CA
Sep 23, 2011I'm GayCinema Diverse
Palm Springs, CA
Sep 17, 2011Allison, My LoveFargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Fest
Fargo, ND
Sep 11, 2011The Fox in the SnowOutflix Film Fest
Memphis, TN
Aug 11 -
Sep 11, 2011
In PursuitHobo Junction
@ Second Stage
Sep 7 -
Sep 11, 2011
Women's Work WeekendHoover-Leppen Theater
Aug 12 -
Aug 14, 2011
The Fox in the Snow
Allison, My Love
North Carolina G&L Film Fest
Durham, NC
Jun 30, 2011The Fox in the SnowOut Here Now GL FF
Kansas City, MO
Jun 27 -
Jun 29, 2011
Toadstools & the Mechanical ManHobo Robo 3
@ Oracle Theatre
Jun 27 -
Jun 29, 2011
The GorfHobo Robo 3
@ Oracle Theatre
Jun 22, 2011The Fox in the SnowFrameline: Intl LGBT Film Fest
San Francisco, CA
Jun 16, 2011Dangerous To OurselvesGerber/Hart
Jun 11, 2011Spring Concert SoloistNordic Voices
Jun 5, 2011MauriceGay UK Series
Jun 4, 2011Allison, My LoveQ Cinema G&L Intl Film Fest
Fort Worth, TX
Jun 2011The Simon SuitesSheil Park Theatre
May 2011Spring Concerts SoloistNordic Voices
Apr 28, 2011DeidreSouth Loop Film Fest
Apr 14, 2011DeidreQFest
St. Louis, MO
Mar 25 -
Mar 28, 2011
So-Called Living
I'm Gay
GayCharlotte Film Fest
Charlotte, NC
Mar 5, 2011Save the DateGay Play Weekend
Dec 2010Lucia & Holiday ConcertsNordic Voices
Nov 12, 2010Playwrights ForumAssociation for Jewish Theatre
Nov 1 -
Nov 3, 2010
A Little Fight MusicHobo Junction @ Strawdog
Oct 23, 2010Allison, My LovePerlen Film Festival
Hannover, Germany
Oct 3 -
Oct 12, 2010
Play For KeepsStockyards Theatre Project
Set 23, 2010Allison, My LoveGood Vibrations Film Festival
San Francisco, CA
Aug 22, 2010Outside My CubicleAbbie Fest
Jul 30, 2010DeidreThe Printers' Ball
Jul 18, 2010Allison, My LovePhiladelphia QFest
Philadelphia, PA
Jun 16, 2010The Unburnt HouseWomen's Theatre Alliance
May 30 -
Jun 5, 2010
Allison, My Love
I'm Gay
Connecticut G&L Film Fest
Hartford, CT
May 7 -
Jun 13, 2010
The RegularsApollo Theatre
May 2010Spring ConcertNordic Voices
Apr 22, 2010Allison, My LoveOne in Ten Film Festival
University Park, PA
Apr 9, 2010Allison, My LoveShort Story Film Showcase
Apr 8, 2010Most Wonderful People
Allison, My Love
South Loop FIlm Festival
Mar 30 -
Mar 31, 2010
So-Called Living
Allison, My Love
I'm Gay
St. Louis QFest
St. Louis, MO
Mar 24 -
Mar 25, 2010
Allison, My LoveLondon Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
London, UK
Mar 5 -
Mar 28, 2010
Women of the StockyardsStockyards Theatre Project
Jan 23, 2010Mass RomanticStream Dreaming Film Festival
Bridgetown, Australia
Jan 16, 2010Holiday ConcertNordic Voices
Jan 9, 2010HorribleHobo Junction
Des Moines, IA
Dec 2009Holiday & Lucia ConcertsNordic Voices
Nov 16, 2009So-Called LivingLong Island G&L Film Fest
Huntington, NY
Nov 16, 2009Allison, My LoveArt Haus
Nov 9, 2009Allison, My LoveOlympia Film Festival
Olympia, WA
Nov 6 -
Dec 19, 2009
HorribleApollo Theatre
Oct 22, 2009camfbh
I'm Gay
Fractured Lens Video Festival
Oct 19, 2009I'm GayArt Haus
Oct 19, 2009Allison, My LoveSeattle G&L Film Fest
Seattle, WA
Oct 10, 2009Allison, My Love
So-Called Living
ImageOut: G&L Film Fest
Rochester, NY
Oct 10, 2009Allison, My LoveSacramento Intl G&L Film Fest
Sacramento, CA
Oct 3, 2009camfbhIndie Can Film Festival
Toronto, Canada
Sep 22, 2009Play For KeepsStockyards Theatre Project
Sep 19, 2009Allison, My LoveFresno Reel Pride Film Festival
Fresno, CA
Sep 10 -
Sep 11, 2009
camfbhChicago Reel Shorts
Sep 10 -
Sep 11, 2009
camfbhSF Shorts
San Francisco, CA
Sep 10 -
Sep 12, 2009
Open House DanceVittum Theater
Aug 15, 2009camfbhThe Indie Gathering
Cleveland, OH
Aug 15 -
Aug 16, 2009
So-Called LivingNorth Carolina G&L Film Fest
Durham, NC
Jul 2009Mass RomanticIntl Film Festival Thailand
Phuket, Thailand
Jun 24, 2009Allison, My LoveFrameline: Intl LGBT Film Fest
San Francisco, CA
Jun 18 -
Jun 27, 2009
I'm GayDank Haus
May 14, 2009Allison, My LoveBoston LGBTQ Film Festival
Boston, MA
May 9, 2009So-Called LivingDyke Delicious
May 5, 2009Mass RomanticBritish Film Festival LA
Los Angeles, CA
May 2, 2009Mass RomanticBlack Point Film Festival
Lake Geneva, WI
May 1, 2009So-Called LivingQueertopia!
Evanston, IL
Apr 30, 2009Mass RomanticLandmark's Century Cinema
Apr 19, 2009camfbhLondon Independent Film Fest
London, UK
Apr 17 -
Jun 12, 2009
Ozma & HarrietApollo Theater
Mar 30, 2009Projecting OrangesStockyards Theatre Project
Mar 27, 2009So-Called LivingThreat Level
Mar 24, 2009Mimi and MirnaStockyards Theatre Project
Mar 14, 2009So-Called LivingRainbow Reels Queer Film Fest
Waterloo, Canada
Mar 7 -
Mar 17, 2009
Important IssuesStockyards Theatre Project
Feb 9, 2009So-Called LivingArt Haus Filmmakers Lounge
Jan 12, 2009camfbhArt Haus Filmmakers Lounge
Alice in WonderlandShake Rag Players

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