Tami Spry is a Professor of Performance Studies in the Communication Studies Department at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, USA. She employs autoethnographic writing and performance as a critical method of inquiry into culture and communication teaching courses in beginning and advanced performative autoethnography, performance of literature, and collaborative writing in performance. Dr. Spry's performance work, publications, directing, and pedagogy focuses on the development of cultural critique that engenders dialogue about difficult sociocultural issues; specifically, her work engages issues of race, sexual assault, grief, shamanism, and mental illness. Dr. Spry has presented performance research across the country and abroad, most recently University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, and University of Oxford, UK. She also teaches abroad in Alnwick, England, and has conducted ethnographic work in Chile and Peru with Mapuche and Peruvian shaman on the performative dimensions of healing rituals. Dr. Spry's publications appear in Text and Performance Quarterly, Critical Studies Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, Women and Language, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research, and various anthologies. Her latest performance, Call It Swing, embodies jazz as a critical method of inquiry.
"Given her commitment to self-awareness and social justice and her ability to write in an encouraging, non-intimidating way, Spry equips students with the ability to see the ways in which they, personally, can change intolerable contexts and conditions. She equips students with the ability to question, analyze, and realize the ways in which they are implicated by cultural norms. And she equips students with the ability to navigate various media--not just writing but also performing, not just the body on the stage but also the body in everyday life." --Tony E. Adams, Northeastern Illinois University