BIO & CLIENTS
Kayleigh is an oral historian, writer, researcher and creative. She also has a background as an acupuncture clinician. She believes her acupuncture career greatly influences her writing and oral history performance work, as all are deeply rooted in the practices of listening, bearing witness, and space holding.
As an oral historian Kayleigh creates soundscape installations, digital archives, exhibitions, listening parties, and live multi-modal performance pieces that include communal and personal narratives.
As a writer Kayleigh's work has ranged from traditional research within the Smithsonian's Anthropology department, to cultural critique, to her favorite —travel, culture and pleasure-centered content writing. Currently Kayleigh is writing for a Travel and Boudoir Photography client, crafting fun hedonistic word-play for her client's photoshoots that are spanning the globe.
Most of Kayleigh's work focuses on how to share stories—not only to deliver poignant information, but also to convey the "felt experience" of those living the story—in effort to transcend division and difference, as well as splash in moments of transcendence. She hopes the recording and sharing of personal stories, or by adding the additional verbiage to make's one's story transport a reader through time and space, can cultivate fertile ground for "hearing" the experiences of another, as well as perhaps welcome a little playfulness—a much needed antidote to life's seriousness.
As a creative Kayleigh draws upon performance as a subversive tool to generate conversation around a particular poignant or charged subject, endlessly questioning how to utilize aberrant, site-specific spaces for the narratives to be heard outside of conventional archival and proscenium environments.
Through her performance company The CSCP Kayleigh used audio narratives as soundtracks to explore the stage for ethnographic storytelling to discuss societal issues, instigating felt experience around concepts including; Disconnection, Involuntary Waste, Local Food Systems, Hydraulic Fracking, Gender politics and Systemic injustices.
Kayleigh’s intellectual interests investigate concepts of performativity, the construction of boundaries invoked in spectatorship, and the utilization of various mediums of art as instruments for delivering both fiction and nonfiction narratives.
Kayleigh holds a Masters degree in Oral History from Columbia University, a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Hunter College, and a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Anthropology from SUNY New Paltz, as well as a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is a NYS, NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturist.
Kayleigh was a fellow of the Columbia University Center for Oral History Research & Mellon Arts Project "Black Curators Matters" where she had the opportunity to record and audit-edit the transcript of renowned New York City Curators Deborah Willis & Kellie E. Jones, supported by Curators Kalia Brookes, Tumelo Mosoka, and Performance researcher Thomas Lax.
Kayleigh was the oral historian for the Tucson Meet Yourself: Artist Histories & Long-term Festival Impact initiative, a project supported and funded through the collaboration of The University of Arizona and The Southwest Folk Alliance—an oral history project to understand the impact the 48-year-old Folklife Festival had on select participating artist's life and work. Through the interviewing of 15 Tucson-based artists over the course of 2021-2022, the project provided an opportunity to hear from a diverse group of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians and activists within the community—celebrating and honoring the beauty of Tucson.
Kayleigh also served as the resident oral historian with New York-based arts nonprofit Artis, a nonprofit that supports contemporary artists from Israel whose work addresses aesthetic, social, and political questions that inspire reflection and debate. The oral history project invited listeners to more deeply understand art practice through the connections revealed in the interviews, between the lived experience of artists and their work.
Kayleigh has also served as an audit-editor of the Obama Presidency Oral History Project, a project that has recorder over 400 interviews of those who worked with Obama during his presidency, creating a record of all of the voices who had an impact on the decisions and actions made throughout his presidential administration.
Kayleigh has also written and worked for:
New York Public Library-Library of Performance Arts - Dance Oral History Assistant
Destination Boudoir - Freelance writer
The GC Advocate - Freelance writer
The Smithsonian - Anthropology assistent researcher
Huguenot Historical Society- Assistant researcher
Ruckbau Consulting Firm- Culture writer
Zen Peacemakers- Network Director
Some samples of Kayleigh's writing can be found here: https://kmswritings.pressfolios.com
Kayleigh's dance and movement work can be found here: http://www.movement-muse.com