Ryan Platt holds a B.A. in French Studies and Theatre & Dance from Amherst College and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from Cornell University, where he is presently a Ph.D. candidate. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in PAJ,Theatre Journal, and Dance Research Journal. His dissertation began on a 2007-8 DAAD Research Grant in Germany to study work by William Forsythe, which he intends to integrate into his ongoing articulation of a cinematic mode of performance as exemplified in three interdisciplinary female artists of the 1970s. Its most recent working title is After Aura: Media, Movement, and the Performance of Withdrawal.