Cyra K. Polizzi



Welcome to my website!

I work in performance and film, focusing on theatre acting while also engaging in directing, writing, education, live lit, community movement forms, and exhibition. I'm especially interested in performance incorporating humor, intersectionality, and queer alternatives to compulsory actions.

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, directors, and cast mates, I've explored possibilities in realism, as well as more stylized approaches, from silent movement-based work to campy drag musicals.

I moved to Chicago shortly after graduating from UW-Madison in Theatre Acting, Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies. In addition to acting and my work with Indie Boots Theatre, I'm often called upon to present and discuss bi, queer, and feminist performance and independent film in conferences, classrooms, and festivals around the world. (Since I create bi affirming work, I'm often asked about bisexuality, so I put together a mini 101-style guide: Here.)
A believer in the power of tangibly being in a room with others to inspire change and action, I recently developed Voters Take The Stage, a new grassroots effort to empower performing arts organizations and audiences to become active participants in elections.
(When discussing activism in my life, it's important to acknowledge the work of Native environmentalists and women of color writers I was first exposed to as a kid, trans speakers I experienced as a teen, and so many more intersectional activists, including organizers in disability rights communities, whose teachings continue to be life-, and work-, changing.)

My eclectic movement background is frequently put to use dancing and teaching both the lead and follow in social partner dancing, a form I first learned among shelves of pottery in my parents' art studio. I'm also found singing, playing outside, eating yummy vegan food, and attending events that "feel like school," especially my favorite feminist book group, where I'm known for blaming capitalism for something at least once a meeting.

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


Calendar
May 8 -
May 10, 2017
The Zoe PlaysIndie Boots Theatre Festival
Apr 29, 2017The No Just Spilled OutNorthwestern University's Queergasm
Mar 15, 2017Beginning East Coast Swing LessonGallery Dance
Feb 14, 2017Missing: Part One of a 1000 Part Series on Bisexuality and LanguageSappho's Salon
Feb 4, 2017The Light, and Everything Else, is Broken - ReadingIndie Boots Theatre
Dec 5, 2016Let's Eat Mary - ReadingBrooke Allen
with Women & Children First
Dec 1 -
Dec 16, 2016
The March Sisters CarolIndie Boots Theatre
with Stage 773
Nov 15, 2016Do We Know Each Other? - Reading
The No Just Spilled Out
Stockyards Theatre Project
with Greenhouse Theater Center
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
with Abbie Fest
Aug 12, 2016Kings and Thrones and Sh*tNew Millennium Theatre
with Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival
Aug 4, 2016Halloween III Radio PlayWildclaw Theatre
with 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
Apr 29 -
May 27, 2016
Happy May in JuneIndie Boots
with Stage 773
Feb 9, 2016The No Just Spilled OutSappho's Salon
Jan 22, 2016Rutabaga
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
Nov 9, 2015Eleanor and HarryNorth Park University
Oct 25 -
Nov 10, 2015
Political VagendaStockyards Theatre
@ The Public House Theatre
Oct 9 -
Oct 30, 2015
Bernie Todd: The Demon Barber of
Fleet Street...'s Brother
Hobo Junction
with Stage 773 One Act Festival
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
Aug 15, 2015
Between You & MeAbbie Fest
@ Mary-Arrchie 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
Apr 27 -
Apr 29, 2015
Ella at the Office
Ella Finds Amelia
Indie Boots Theatre
@ The Side Project 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 Play (Short Play)Hobo Junction
@ Greenhouse Theater Center
Dec 7-
Dec 21, 2014
Holiday Concerts (Choir)Nordic Voices
Nov 17-
Nov 24, 2014
Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 3.1
The Girls Together Again
Eggshells (Staged Readings)
Stockyards Theatre Project
@ The Public House Theatre
Nov 11, 2014Zero to Crazy (Staged Reading)Greenhouse Theater Center
Sep 21, 2014Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 4.5 (Staged Reading)Celebrate Bi* Day Chicago
@ Center on Halsted
Sep 18-
Sep 27, 2014
Hancock Kong (Short Play)Short Attention Span Theater
@ Fury Theatre
Sep 8-
Sep 10, 2014
Three Witches (Short Play)Landmark Festival
@ Prologue Theatre Company
Aug 16, 2014
Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 1
Fox in the Snow - The Play (Short Plays)
Abbie Fest
@ Mary-Arrchie Theatre
Jul 28, 2014Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 4 (Staged Reading)Stockyards Theatre Project
@ The Public House Theatre
Jul 21, 2014Passengers (Staged Readings)
Someone's in the Kitchen with Olivia
Stockyards Theatre Project
@ The Public House Theatre
Jul 16, 2014A Choir of Glances (Performance Art)Chicago Cultural Center
May 8, 2014What Happened to the Quiet Kids (Short Film)Indie Boots Film Festival
@ Landmark Theatres
Apr 28, 2014-
Apr 30
Lights Up Olivia (Short Plays)
Olivia Names Her Octopus
Indie Boots Theatre Festival
@ Greenhouse Theater Center
Apr 26, 2014The Pigeon Family (Short Film)Pride Film Festival
Bryan, TX
Apr 7, 2014Jos & Brit Make Toast: Part 5 (Staged Reading)Stockyards Theatre Project
@ The Public House Theatre
Feb 13, 2014 -
Mar 15
4Play (Play)trip.
@ The Den
Dec 2013Holiday Concerts (Choir)Nordic Voices
Dec 2-4, 2013A Hipster Christmas Carol (Short Play)Hobo Junction
@ Greenhouse
Nov 23, 2013Allison, My Love (Short Film)Cine De La Diversidad
Bolivia
Nov 7, 2013it's not a happening is it... (Short Play)trip.
Oct 20, 2013Downsizing, Or Jos & Brit Make Toast
(Staged Reading)
Stockyards Theatre Project
Oct 11, 2013Retail (Staged Reading)Andersonville Arts Weekend
Oct 5-
Oct 27, 2013
The Passion of Dracula (Play)Theatre-Hikes
Sep 22, 2013Downsizing, Or Jos & Brit Make Toast
(Excerpt Staged Reading)
Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Sep 15, 2013Allison, My Love (Short Film)Kansai Queer Film Fest
Japan
Aug 9-11, 2013Toadstools & the Mechanical Man
Rebecca Back to Life (Short Plays)
Full Voice and
mudgeonsoul @ Abbie Fest
Jul 29-30, 2013Mitera (Short Play)Strangeloop's Loopshop
Jun 26, 2013The Pigeon Family (Short Film)Frameline: Intl LGBT Film Fest
San Francisco, CA
Jun 5, 2013The Pigeon Family (Short Film)Out Film CT
Hartford, CT
May 23, 2013I'm Gay (Short Film)Kashish Mumbai Q Film Fest
India
May 20-22, 2013Indie Boots Theatre Festival (Short Plays)Indie Boots
@ Theatre Wit
May 9, 2013The Pigeon Family (Short Film)Indie Boots Film Festival
@ Landmark Theatres
May 2-5, 2013Master Works Festival (Short Play)Commedia Beauregard
@ Raven Theatre
Apr/May, 2013Spring Concerts (Choir)Nordic Voices
Apr 25, 2013Allison, My Love (Short Film)Cinhomo Film Fest
Spain
Apr 7, 2013Beginning Swing Lesson: Lead and
Follow for Everyone
Open Dancing Presents
Mar 22-23, 2013hope... (Play)trip.
@ Rooms Gallery
Mar 8, 2013Allison, My Love (Short Film)LGCM Fest @ Women's Day
Spain
Feb 22, 2013Tuesday Night Make-Out (Short Film)Bangalore Queer Film Fest
India
Jan 26, 2013Feminist Plays about Nothing
(Staged Readings)
Full Voice @ COH
Dec 2012Holiday Concerts (Choir)Nordic Voices
Nov 16, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out (Short Film)Blue Nov MicroFilmFest
Seattle, WA
Nov 10, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out (Short Film)Indianapolis LGBT Film Fest
Indianapolis, IN
Nov 5, 2012Play for Keeps (Staged Reading)Stockyards Theatre Project
Nov 4, 2012The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Reel Love Film Fest
Madison, WI
Nov 2 & 8, 2012Allison, My Love (Short Film)LesGaiCineMad
Spain
Oct 31 -
Nov 25, 2012
Tales of the Twinkling Twilight (Play)Raven Theatre
Oct 26, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out (Short Film)Red Wasp Film Fest
Bryan, TX
Oct 21, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out (Short Film)
Making LGBT Films (Panel)
Gay Film Weekend
Oct 21-27, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out (Short Film)
The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)
Perlen Queer Film Festival
Germany
Oct 5, 2012Important Issues (One-Act Play)Andersonville Arts Weekend
Sep 28, 2012-
Oct 6
The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)
Deidre (Short Film)
I'm Gay (Short Film)
Q! Film Festival
Indonesia
Sep 23, 2012The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)
Allison, My Love (Short Film)
Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Sep 22, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out (Short Film)
The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)
Allison, My Love (Short Film)
Celebrate Bisexuality Day NYC
New York, NY
Sep 15, 2012Allison, My Love (Short Film)Long Beach QFilm Festival
Long Beach, CA
Sep 8, 2012The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Portobello Film Fest
England
Aug 18, 2012Allison, My Love (Short Film)Louisville LBGT Film Fest
Louisville, KY
Aug 18, 2012Dangerous to Ourselves (Reading)Women & Children First
Aug 11-18, 2012Morning in the Cafe (Short Film)Deep Fried Film Fest
Scotland
Aug 10-19, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out (Short Film)North Carolina G&L Film Fest
Durham, NC
Jul 29, 2012Jilted: A Love Story (Staged Reading)Women's Work Weekend
Jul 26, 2012Product Placement (Staged Reading)Women's Work Weekend
Jun 20, 2012Tuesday Night Make-Out (Short Film)Frameline: Intl LGBT Film Fest
San Francisco, CA
Jun 6, 2012The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Connecticut G&L Film Fest
Hartford, CT
Jun 3 & 10, 2012The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Out Takes
New Zealand
May 22, 2012Allison, My Love (Short Film)Indie Incubator Film Fest
May 2012Spring Concerts (Choir)Nordic Voices
May 10, 2012The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Indie Boots Film Festival
Apr 22, 2012The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)QFest
St. Louis, MO
Apr 15, 2012The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Buttered Corn Film Fest
Urbana, IL
Mar 19 - 21, 2012Love Takes Ten (One-Act Play)Hobo Robo 4 @ Strawdog
Mar 3 -
May 26, 2012
El Stories (Play)Waltzing Mechanics @
Greenhouse Theater Center
Feb 24-26, 2012The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)
Deidre (Short Film)
Allison, My Love (Short Film)
I'm Gay (Short Film)
Bangalore Queer Film Fest
India
Jan 21, 2012Allison, My Love (Short Film)No Shame Theatre
Dec 11, 2012Deidre (Short Film)Merlinka Intl Queer Film Fest
Belgrade, Serbia
Dec 10, 2012I'm Gay (Short Film)Merlinka Intl Queer Film Fest
Belgrade, Serbia
Dec 2011Lucia & Holiday Concerts (Choir)Nordic Voices
Nov 15, 2011Allison, My Love (Short Film)Serile Filmului Gay Intl Film Fest
Romania
Nov 15, 2011I'm Gay (Short Film)Serile Filmului Gay Intl Film Fest
Romania
Nov 15, 2011Deidre (Short Film)Serile Filmului Gay Intl Film Fest
Romania
Nov 14, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Serile Filmului Gay Intl Film Fest
Romania
Nov 14, 2011Scene from Love SucksSimply Sensational
Nov 12, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Indianapolis LGBT Film Fest
Indianapolis, IN
Nov 11 & 13, 2011Allison, My Love (Short Film)Holebi Film Fest
Leuven, Belgium
Nov 5, 2011Allison, My Love (Short Film)Riverside Saginaw Film Fest
Saginaw, MI
Nov 4, 11, 13, 2011I'm Gay (Short Film)Holebi Film Fest
Leuven, Belgium
Nov 3 -
Nov 26, 2011
Love Sucks (Play)PFP @ Hydrate
Oct 23, 2011Bre'gan's Fist (Staged Reading)Gay Film Weekend
Oct 22, 2011Morning in the Cafe (Short Film)Red Wasp Film Fest
Bryan, TX
Oct 21, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Red Wasp Film Fest
Bryan, TX
Oct 21, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Milwaukee LGBT Film Fest
Milwaukee, WI
Oct 15, 2011I'm Gay (Short Film)Savannah G&L Film Fest
Savannah, GA
Oct 15, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Sacramento Intl G&L Film Fest
Sacramento, CA
Oct 9, 2011Play For Keeps (Staged Readings)Stockyards Theatre Project
Sep 24, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Cinema Diverse
Palm Springs, CA
Sep 23, 2011I'm Gay (Short Film)Cinema Diverse
Palm Springs, CA
Sep 17, 2011Allison, My Love (Short Film)Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Fest
Fargo, ND
Sep 11, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Outflix Film Fest
Memphis, TN
Aug 11 -
Sep 11, 2011
In Pursuit (Play)Hobo Junction @ Second Stage
Aug 12 - 14, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)North Carolina G&L Film Fest
Durham, NC
Aug 12 - 13, 2011Allison, My Love (Short Film)North Carolina G&L Film Fest
Durham, NC
Jun 30, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Out Here Now Kansas City GL FF
Kansas City, MO
Jun 27 - 29, 2011Toadstools & the Mechanical ManHobo Robo 3 @ Oracle Theatre
Jun 27 - 29, 2011The Gorf (One-Act)Hobo Robo 3 @ Oracle Theatre
Jun 22, 2011The Fox in the Snow (Short Film)Frameline: Intl LGBT Film Fest
San Francisco, CA
Jun 16, 2011Dangerous To Ourselves (Reading)Gerber/Hart
Jun 11, 2011Spring Concert (Choir - Soloist)Nordic Voices
Jun 5, 2011Maurice (Staged Reading)Gay UK Series
Jun 4, 2011Allison, My Love (Short Film)Q Cinema G&L Intl Film Fest
Fort Worth, TX
Jun 2 - 3, 2011The Simon Suites (One-Act)Sheil Park Theatre
May 7 & 17, 2011Spring Concerts (Choir - Soloist)Nordic Voices
Apr 28, 2011Deidre (Short Film)South Loop Film Fest
Apr 14, 2011Deidre (Short Film)QFest
St. Louis, MO
Mar 26 & 28, 2011So-Called Living (Short Film)GayCharlotte Film Fest
Charlotte, NC
Mar 25 & 28, 2011I'm Gay (Short Film)GayCharlotte Film Fest
Charlotte, NC
Mar 5, 2011Save the Date (Staged Reading)Gay Play Weekend
Dec 2010Lucia & Holiday Concerts (Choir)Nordic Voices
Nov 12, 2010Playwrights Forum (StagedReadings)Association for Jewish Theatre
Nov 1 -
Nov 3, 2010
A Little Fight Music (One-Act)Hobo Junction @ Strawdog
Oct 23, 2010Allison, My Love (Short Film)Perlen Film Festival
Hannover, Germany
Oct 3, 5 &
Oct 10 - 12, 2010
Play For Keeps (Staged Readings)Stockyards Theatre Project
Set 23, 2010Allison, My Love (Short Film)Good Vibrations Film Festival
San Francisco, CA
Aug 22, 2010Outside My Cubicle (One-Act)Abbie Fest
Jul 30, 2010Deidre (Short Film)The Printers' Ball
Jul 18, 2010Allison, My Love (Short Film)Philadelphia QFest
Philadelphia, PA
Jun 16, 2010The Unburnt House (Staged Reading)Women's Theatre Alliance
Jun 5, 2010Allison, My Love (Short Film)Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Hartford, CT
May 30, 2010I'm Gay (Short Film)Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Hartford, CT
May 7 -
Jun 13, 2010
The Regulars (Musical)Apollo Theatre
May 2010Spring Concert (Choir)Nordic Voices
Apr 22, 2010Allison, My Love (Short Film)One in Ten Film Festival
University Park, PA
Apr 9, 2010Allison, My Love (Short Film)Short Story Film Showcase
Apr 8, 2010Most Wonderful People (Short Film)South Loop FIlm Festival
Apr 8, 2010Allison, My Love (Short Film)South Loop FIlm Festival
Mar 31, 2010So-Called Living (Short Film)St. Louis QFest
St. Louis, MO
Mar 31, 2010Allison, My Love (Short Film)St. Louis QFest
St. Louis, MO
Mar 30, 2010I'm Gay (Short Film)St. Louis QFest
St. Louis, MO
Mar 24, 25, 2010Allison, My Love (Short Film)London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
London, UK
Mar 5, 6 &
Mar 26, 28, 2010
Women of the Stockyards (One-Acts)Stockyards Theatre Project
Jan 23, 2010Mass Romantic (Feature Film)Stream Dreaming Film Festival
Bridgetown, Australia
Jan 16, 2010Holiday Concert (Choir)Nordic Voices
Jan 9, 2010Horrible (Play)Hobo Junction
Des Moines, IA
Dec 6, 2009Holiday ConcertNordic Voices
Dec 5, 9, 20, 2009LuciaNordic Voices
Nov 16, 2009So-Called LivingLong Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
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, 2009camfbhFractured Lens Video Festival
Oct 22, 2009I'm GayFractured Lens Video Festival
Oct 19, 2009I'm GayArt Haus
Oct 19, 2009Allison, My LoveSeattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Seattle, WA
Oct 10, 2009Allison, My LoveImageOut: Rochester G&L Film & Video Fest
Rochester, NY
Oct 10, 2009So-Called LivingImageOut: Rochester G&L Film & Video Fest
Rochester, NY
Oct 10, 2009Allison, My LoveSacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
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 10-11, 2009camfbhChicago Reel Shorts
Sep 10-11, 2009camfbhSF Shorts
San Francisco, CA
Sep 10 -
Sep 12, 2009
Open House DanceVittum Theater
Aug 15, 2009camfbhThe Indie Gathering
Cleveland, OH
Aug 15-16, 2009So-Called LivingNorth Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Fest
Durham, NC
Jul 2009Mass RomanticInternational Film Festival Thailand
Phuket, Thailand
Jun 24, 2009Allison, My LoveFrameline International LGBT Film Festival
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 Centre Cinema
Apr 19, 2009camfbhLondon Independent Film Festival
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 Festival
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

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