Photo by Misha Penton

Photo by Misha Penton


a work in progress

I've never put together a proper CV. I've always felt too busy to build one, frankly. Here's where I'll start correcting that, but it'll grow gradually, as I come across (remember) things I've done.


M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College Chicago, 2003
M.Div., Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, 1995
BFA in Theater (acting), Texas State University, 1987


2009 NEA Fellow with the Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival


“Roadside Trouble” in InDELLiprose, 2018

“The Disembodied Hand” in InDELLiprose, 2018

"A Love Like Dying Fish" in Corvus Review, Issue 8S'17, 2017

"Doc Shows His Stripes" in Welome to Honeycomb USA, 2017

"Physics for Five Year Olds" in Outer Voices Inner Lives, 2014

Cary and John, a novella, published by Parson's Porch, 2014

"The 25"  in The Dying Goose Volume 1 Issue 2, 2013

“Scenes from the Retirement of Henry Spater” in The Blotter, January, 2010

"Skid. Mark. Dream."  in MO: Writings from the River Volume 3 Issue 1, 2008

“Vernal Visitation” in Windhover, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, 2007

“Trailing” in NANO Fiction Volume 1, Issue 2, 2006

“Grandfather’s Photograph” in Charmed Lives, 2006

”Likeness” in Asphalt Vol. 1, Issue 1, Writing Center Community Organization, Columbia College Chicago, 2003

“Marla, Missing Roy” in Concho River Review, Spring, 2001

“Summer Pondering,” “Candor,” “House Blessing,” and “Dancing on My Own Grave” in Voice of Many Waters, edited by Kay Snodgrass, 2000

“Roach” in Dreams & Visions, Number 26, 1999



Exeter, Henry V, directed by Jonathan Gonzalez, The Company OnStage June 14-July 6, 2019

Alfred the Saxon/Oswald the Unready, The Adventures of Robin Hood, directed by Karla Brandau, The Company OnStage June 16 - July 15 2017

Pa Joad, The Grapes of Wrath, directed by Rebecca Bernstein, Houston Theatre Company (Review) July, 2016

Leonato, Much Ado About Nothing, irected by Kate Pogue, O'Kane Theater, University of Houston-Downtown, October 25 - November 2, 2013

various roles in Bodily Function Follies, written, directed, and choreographed by Margo Stutts Toombs at FronteraFest, Austin, TX January 23, 2013


The Quality of Life by Jane Anderson, The Company OnStage, March 16 - April 7, 2018

Poe! Poe! Poe! by Kathryn Schultz Mille, The Company OnStage, October 21 - Novemeber 4, 2017

performance artist

Have a Snack on Me, MERGE showcase, Experimental Action 2019, February 21, 2019

Instagram performances, as part of the #adventword visual calendar annual project, December 2018

broken/heart/ache at Houston Fringe Festival, September 9, 2018

Banana Waiter in Bananas by Margo Stutts Toombs at Houston Fringe Festival, September 9, 2018

Instagram performances, 3-part prayer series, July 28-August 20

Instagram performances, as part of the #adventword visual calendar annual project, December 2017

Chorus, Threshold, a site specific new music work, conceived and directed by Misha Penton

Hearts on Fire/Written in Ash, Performance Art Night, Notsuoh, December, 2016

Even So, Performance Art Night, Notsuoh, November 2015

Flouring/Flowering, part of Submission, an evening of durational performances produced by Continuum, Continuum Headquarters, September 6, 2013

Wringing Out Light: Poems & Prayers at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Houston, TX under the Breath & Bone/Orts Performance banner, three performances, July 19-21.

"Coloring the Line", a durational performance at The Hilary and Nikki Show, Hardy & Nance Street Studios, Houston, TX May 17, 2013

ShadowPlace, a performance installation at the Photobooth on Montrose, under the Breath & Bone/Orts Performance banner. Three performances: March 3, 10, and 17, 2013

Tell Me Where It Hurts, a durational, interactive performance at Avant Garden, Houston, TX, part of Continuum Performance Art residency March 1, 2013

Watch How You Watch (or what do you see when you see yourself seeing), a durational performance at Avant Garden, Houston, TX, part of Continuum Performance Art residency January 18, 2013

film/video performer

Breath and Bone, dance for film, directed and edited by Misha Penton, (solo performer) premiered at the EnCore Dance on Film Festival, Decature, GA, May 24, 2019

Threshold: a new music video, written and directed by Misha Penton, premiered at The Bechdel Film Festival, February 16, 2018

Sidewalk Psychic, A short film written and Directed by Kapil Nair and Margo Stutts Toombs, debuted on YouTube September 9, 2013


“Performance Art, Illness, and My Desert Prayer” in Illness, Resilience and Spirituality, edited by Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard

"Comic Book Pen-Pal" on Gay League, June 2017

'Lost in Houston" in Soul by Southwest. Issue 4, Spring 2017

"In Memory, In Silence"  in Saint Katherine Review, Volume 3 Numbers 3 & 4.

"Batman and Other Reminders of Never Again"  on The Longbox Project, October 12, 2013

"The Devil and the Dynamite Duo"  on The Longbox Project, April 30, 2013


Trying, produced by Playhouse 1960, February, 2017 (Preview)

February to August, produced by The Group Rep, summer 2016 (Review)  

arts and entertainment writer

Review Gentle/Men - John Beasant and Dancers, The Dance Dish, July 2019

“Shadow Dappled Relationship” (Core Dance and choreographer D. Patton White) in The Dance Dish, March 2019

“Relationships in the Shadows” (Core Dance and choreographer D. Patton White) in OutSmart Magazine, March 2019

Experimental Action Performance Art Festival Comes to Houston” (Julia Claire Wallace) in OutSmart Magazine, February 2019

“High-Wire Dance Show Takes on Texas’ Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Choice Political Circus” (6 Degrees Dance/Toni Leago Valle) in Outsmart Magazine, September, 2018

"Dancing Edgar Allan Poe" (dance preview) on The DanceDish February 2018

"Fluid Foremother" (interview with Suzanne Vega on her play, Lover, Beloved) in OutSmart Magazine, February, 2018

Peridance Headlines Dance Month at Post-Harvey JCC on The DanceDish January 2018

Review for Requiem by Jennifer Mabus on The DanceDish August 2017

Review for Once Upon a Time by jhon r. stronks on The DanceDish May 2017

Review for DEEP: Seaspace by Karen Stokes Dance on The DanceDish October 2016

“Keeing it Together Without the Love: Toni Tennille Talks her New Memoir” in OutSmart Magazine May 2016

Review for Tonal Impact by NobleMotion Dance and Musiqa on The DanceDish May 2015

“Moving Motion” (review for Wu Tsang with boychild at DiverseWorks) in Arts + Culture Texas April 2014

Preview for Dashavatar by Samskriti on The DanceDish March 2014

"Dancing Illusions"  (Pilobolus Dance Theater) in Arts + Culture Texas, December 2013/January 2014

"Art for Art's Sake",  (Hope Stone Kids) in Dance Studio Life, November, 2013

Review of Teresa Chapman's Shifting Spaces, Dance Source Houston, October 24, 2013

"A Body of Collaborative Work," Interview with Bill T. Jones, OutSmart Magazine, September 1, 2013

"SHSU Loses Beloved Dance Teacher"  in OutSmart Magazine, March 1, 2013

Review for They Who Sound with Leslie Scates and Nicole Bindler, Dance Source Houston February 2, 2013

“Dancing Illusions: Pilobolus Tours Texas” in Arts + Culture Texas December 2013

“Transposing to the Key of Queer” in OutSmart Magazine October 2012

“The Three Beginnings of a Texas Poet Laureate” (David M. Parsons) in Arts + Culture Texas June 2012

“Interment Camps and Other Musical Ideas” (George Takei part 2) in OutSmart Magazine June 2012

 “Hologramps to the Next Generation” (George Takei part 1) in OutSmart Magazine May 2012

“The Little Dog Laughs” (Brazos Bookstore) in Arts + Culture Texas March 2012

“The Camera Tells no Lies - Except When it Does” in Tanz & WahnSinn (Jahrbuch Tanzforschung 21) edited by Johannes Birringer and Josephine Fenger, 2011

“How a Book Club Reading Steinbeck Begat a Dance” (Winifred Haun & Dancers) in Flavorwire, October 2009

“NobleMotion Dance at Dance Gallery” (Andy and Dionne Noble) in Flavorwire, September 2009

religion writer

“Restarting at Zero: Introducing the Pastor at Kindred Montrose” in OutSmart Magazine March 2016

"On Liberty, Unity, and Keeping His Cool",  Interview with Bishop Gene Robinson, OutSmart Magazine, September 1, 2013

"Witnessing and Blessing"  in OutSmart Magazine, April 1, 2013

comics writer

"Adults"  in Voices Against Bullying #1, published by Sword and Labrys Productions