Across her practice, Roya seeks to facilitate and curate generative dialogue and exchange about contemporary and experimental art and performance in community contexts, concerned especially with queer, feminist, and racial justice politics; radical research and pedagogy; and participatory, relational, and socially engaged practices and forms. She is most inspired by the inquiries and possibilities that arise when artists, audiences, activists, and academics come together to critically and collaboratively explore our current cultural moment.
As Community Engagement Manager with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) in Portland, OR, she designs and implements the organization's education and public programs--including the annual Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival's "Institute" platform, Guest Scholars initiative, and Field Guide program--and serves in a co-producing capacity on artists' projects and residencies that demand deep, expansive, or long-term participation in and with publics. She also oversees PICA’s Precipice Fund, part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program.
Roya teaches courses in critical art theory, art and politics, and research and writing in the Art & Social Practice MFA Program at Portland State University. She participates actively in the field locally and nationally via presentations, conferences, think tanks, and selection panels, and is a member of a working group to advance racial equity in the arts in Portland. She holds a Master's in Arts Management from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in Contemporary Visual Culture and Gender Studies from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies in California.