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George Emilio Sánchez, Lead Faculty and Performance Director (2008-present)

George Emilio Sanchez is a writer, performance artist and social justice activist. He was born in Los Angeles, raised in Orange County, California, and became a New York transplant in 1978. He began making original pieces in 1992 and has continued making performance work and social justice projects to this day. He is currently in the process of crafting a new performance series titled “Performing the Constitution.” The first installment of the series, titled XIV, will premiere at Dixon Place in June 2019. This work melds autobiography and history in a performance that gives narrative to the injustices racialized communities face as they fight for “equal protection of the laws.” The second performance in the series is titled In the Court of the Conqueror and confronts the over 200 year-old history of U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have diluted the Tribal Sovereignty of Native Nations. This second installment will premiere at Abrons Arts Center in fall of 2020, where George is the 2019–20 PATHS Social Practice Artist in Residence. As the Abrons Social Practice AIR he works with youth groups on the Lower East Side to use the arts as a restorative tool while addressing the reality and trauma of gun violence. For the past two years, he organized and facilitated BANG BANG GUN AMOK, a 24-hour performance filibuster on gun culture. George has been the Performance Director of EMERGENYC under the umbrella of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics since 2008. This three-month program works with cohorts of 16-20 national and international participants to explore the intersection of arts and activism. He also teaches performance and arts education at the College of Staten Island/City University of New York. He is a Professor in the Performing and Creative Arts Department where he served as the chairperson for 12 years. George’s work has been presented by theaters and museums in over 25 states and has received support from National Performance Network, the Fulbright Program (Peru), New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. George has been an artist-in-residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Abrons Arts Center, Dixon Place, Dance Theater Workshop, Pergones Theater, The MacDowell Colony, Tigertail Productions (Miami), Dance Umbrella (Austin), Centro Cultural de la Raza (San Diego), and Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio). 

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Fulana, Invited Artist Faculty (2008-present)

Formed by Marlène Ramírez-Cancio (EMERGENYC and Hemispheric Institute's Artistic Director), Lisandra María Ramos (Hemispheric Institute's Assistant Director), and Andrea Thome (artist and playwriter), Fulana is a video collective that emerged as the vision-fusion of four New York-based Latina artists joined by a love of video and performance, a critical gaze, a bilingual sense of humor and —most of all— a shared desire to create art within a collaborative onda. So we put our Spanglish brains together, drank some coffee, and founded Fulana in 2000. Through parody and satire, we explore themes that are relevant to Latino cultures in the U.S., delving into the nuances that bind our experiences, experimenting with strategies to make visible what we're so often made to read between the lines. Our work, whose aesthetic ranges from cable-access kitsch to Telemundo tinsel, consists mainly of mock television commercials, music videos and print advertisements. Focusing on popular culture, we respond to the ways ideologies and identities are marketed to us, sold to us—and how we sell ourselves—through the mass media. www.fulana.org 

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Aaron Landsman, Invited Artist Faculty (2018)

Aaron Landsman makes live performances involving people, space, time and language. Based in New York City, his projects range from monologues and stage plays to participatory and conceptual works presented in places where people perform their lives: offices, homes, meeting rooms and buses. Recent works include: Empathy School, a performance created with filmmaker and composer Brent Green, commissioned by EMPAC and presented on a night bus ride through a country road; Appointment, a suite of works for a single viewer and a single performer in offices; City Council Meeting, a participatory, community-engaged work presented in five US cities, funded by NEFA’s National Theater Pilot, NPN, MAP and Jerome; and Running Away From The One With The Knife, a new play about suicide and religious faith commissioned by NYSCA and presented at The Chocolate Factory. His earlier work was commissioned and produced by The Foundry Theater and PS 122 in New York, and DiverseWorks and Project Row Houses in Houston. Aaron’s regular collaborators include director Mallory Catlett and designer Jim Findlay. Aaron recently finished a 2014-2016 Princeton Arts Fellowship, a three-year residency at ASU Gammage in Tempe, and a residency at Abrons Arts Center. Upcoming work includes Perfect City, a collaboration with Lower East Side young adults commissioned by Crossing The Line, and the multimedia work SQUARES, with photographer Paul Shambroom. He performed from 2004-2015 with Elevator Repair Service and has appeared in the work of many artists, including Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez, Andrea Kleine and Julia Jarcho.

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Aisha Jordan (EMERGENYC alumn) and Frantz Jerome (EMERGENYC alumn) (2050 Legacy), Invited Artist Faculty (2013)

2050 Legacy is a hip-hop and social justice theater group devoted to continuing the great work of the New WORLD Theater's Project 2050 in empowering artists and strengthening communities through animating democracy.

Aisha Jordan is a performer and arts organizer currently working with the group. She has performed and done work for, PS 122, EmergeNYC - Hemispheric Institute, Nuyorican Poets Café, Bowery Poetry Club, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New 42nd street studios, New Victory Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New WORLD Theater, Lyrical Circle with the Brotherhood Sister-Sol, and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. She has worked with numerous artists in social justice theater to develop original works for the stage, including Tim Miller, Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz of Universes, Rha Goddess, Reggie Cabico, Magdalena Gomez, George Emilio Sanchez, Baba Israel, and Kamillah Forbes. Aisha currently attends NYU’s intensive master’s program studying Arts and Politics at the Tisch School for the Arts and works to facilitate social change through self-exploration and the transformation and empowerment of artists and audiences, utilizing collaborative theater development and performance.

Frantz Jerome is an MC, poet, essayist, performer, educator, activist, and husband. Frantz is currently teaching modern mythology, media, technology, and empowerment with Inwood House in NYC high schools. An alumn of EMERGENYC and a lover of words, Frantz hopes to share 'the meaning of things' with everyone he comes in contact with.

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Alicia Grullón, Invited Artist Faculty (2018-present)

Alicia Grullón moves between performance, video, and photography. She channels her interdisciplinary approach towards critiques of the politics of presence--an argument for the inclusion of disenfranchised communities in political and social spheres. Grullón's works have been shown in numerous group exhibitions including Franklin Furnace Archives, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, BRIC Arts | Media House, School of Visual Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Columbia University's Wallach Art Gallery, and Performa 11. She has received grants from several institutions including the Puffin Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York. Review's and essays regarding Alicia's work can be found in the New York Times, Village Voice, Hyperallergic, Creative Time Reports, Art Fag City, and ArtNet News. Grullón has participated in residencies in the United States, South Korea, and Germany, and has presented workshops as part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial with Occupy Museums, Creative Time Summit '15, and The Royal College of Art, among others. Currently, Alicia is working on a commissioned piece for the High Line and a project through the Lincoln Center Initiative with The Point CDC. She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and has completed advanced graduate level coursework in art and philosophy of education at the Teacher's College at Columbia University. www.aliciagrullon.com 

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Anna Deavere Smith, Invited Artist Faculty (2008)

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress and playwright who is said to have created a new form of theatre. In popular culture as an actress—Nurse Jackie, Blackish, Madame Secretary, The West Wing, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, others. Books: Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines. She has created more than person shows based on hundreds of interviews. The best known of those are Fires in The Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles, and “Let Me Down Easy”. “Fires” and “Twilight” look at US race relations. The latter deals with health care. They were all performed in US regional theaters, and “Twilight” was on Broadway. Her current project “Notes From the Field: Doing Time In Education, looks at what is now called the “school to prison pipeline”—disciplinary practices in schools in poor communities that increase the likelihood that those youths will spend part of their lives incarcerated. Three of her plays have been broadcast on PBS. The National Endowment named her the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer for the Humanities. The lecture is the highest honor the government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Prizes include the National Humanities Medal presented by President Obama, a MacArthur fellowship, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, two Tony nominations, and two Obies. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. She has received several honorary degrees. She is founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University.

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Ann Pellegrini, Invited Artist Faculty (2015)

Ann Pellegrini is Professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. Her books and articles traverse several disciplines and interdisciplines, but one through-line is an abiding interest in exploring how feelings are lived, experienced, and communicated between and across bodies—and with what risks and possibilities for self and others. Another is the value of the aesthetic for repairing democratic social life. She is the author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (Routledge, 1997); co-author, with Janet R. Jakobsen, of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (NYU Press, 2003; Beacon Press, 2004); and co-author, with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico, of “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People (Beacon Press, 2013). “You Can Tell Just By Looking” was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Non-Fiction. She has also published two anthologies: Queer Theory and the Jewish Question, co-edited with Daniel Boyarin and Danial Itzkovitz (Columbia University Press, 2003); and Secularisms, co-edited with Janet R. Jakobsen (Duke University Press, 2008). Pellegrini co-edits the “Sexual Cultures” Series, at New York University Press, with Joshua Chambers-Letson and Tavia Nyong’o. She is also co-editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Psychoanalysis. She’s currently completing a new book on “queer structures of religious feeling.” She enjoys psychoanalysis and show tunes, and is a candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York City. 

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Andy Bichlbaum, Invited Artist Faculty (2012)

Andy Bichlbaum  (AKA Jacques Servin) began his current adulthood by inserting a swarm of kissing men to a shoot-'em-up video game just before it shipped to store shelves. Finding himself fired and momentarily famous, he opted to go into weird activism. Since then, as co-founder of the Yes Men (www.theyesmen.org), he's worked for entities such as Exxon, Dow, Monsanto, and the US Chamber of Commerce, as well as for the New York Times, the New York Post, and the Washington Post, all without their approval. theyesmen.org

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Avram Finkelstein, Invited Artist Faculty (2016)

Avram Finkelstein is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. His work has shown at The Whitney Museum, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, Kunsthalle Wien and Exit Art and is in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The New Museum, The Smithsonian, The Brooklyn Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum. Finkelstein is a founding member of the Silence=Death Collective and the art collective, Gran Fury, with whom he collaborated on public art projects for international institutions including The Whitney, ArtForum, MOCA LA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Creative Time, and The Public Art Fund. The collective had its first retrospective at 80 WSE in 2012 and has work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, MoMA, The New Museum and The New York Public Library. Finkelstein has been asked to speak about art, political activism, LGBTQ politics, and cultural production, the American Left, and art and intellectual property by Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, RISD, MassArt, The School of Visual Arts, CUNY, Concordia University, UMASS and by the Arts and Labor Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, Bomb, and Interview, produced art and culture features for Italian Vogue, Dazed and Confused, and Visionaire, and written about art and culture for Artwrit, Van, Dune, NY Arts Magazine and the New York Public Library. He has created public awareness campaigns for AmFAR, The AIDS Policy Project, The Campaign To End AIDS, ACT UP, POZ, United Against AIDS, and ACRIA.

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Benjamin Lundberg, Invited Artist Faculty (2013) (EMERGENYC '12 alumn)

Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez's performance and visual art works emerge from his experiences as a transnational adoptee from Colombia growing up and living in the U.S., and have recently focused on who or what gets to be (in) public and the limits of empathy when working on problems of structural inequity. He is a resident artist at AS220 (Providence), sits on the board of the Colombian American Cultural Society of Rhode Island, and is a two time Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Merit Fellow. (Photo © Lena Wunderlich 2016)

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Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Invited Artist Faculty (2016) (EMERGENYC '08 alumn)

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ plays include Neighbors (Public Theater), Appropriate (Signature Theater, OBIE Award for Best New Play, Outer Critics Circle nominee), An Octoroon (Soho Rep, OBIE Award for Best New Play), War (Yale Rep, forthcoming), and Gloria (Vineyard Theater, forthcoming). His work has been or will be seen at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theater, The Matrix Theater, CompanyOne, Theater Bielefeld in Germany and the HighTide Festival in the UK. He is currently a Residency Five playwriting fellow at Julliard. Other honors include the Paula Vogel Award, a Fulbright Arts Grant, a Helen Merrill Award, the Dorothy Strelsin playwriting fellowship, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. He is a Princeton alum from the Class of 2006 and holds an MFA in Performance Studies from NYU.

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Dan Fishback, Invited Artist Faculty (2014)

Dan Fishback is a playwright, performer, musician, and director of the Helix Queer Performance Network. His musical The Material World was called one of the Top Ten Plays of 2012 by Time Out New York. His play You Will Experience Silence was called “sassier and more fun than Angels in America” by the Village Voice. Also a performing songwriter, Fishback has released several albums and toured Europe and North America, both solo and with his band Cheese On Bread, which released their new album "The One Who Wanted More" in 2018. Other theater works include Waiting for Barbara (New Museum, 2013), thirtynothing (Dixon Place, 2011) and No Direction Homo (P.S. 122, 2006). Fishback has received grants for his theater work from the Franklin Furnace Fund (2010) and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists (2007-2009), and was a member of the 2018 Joe's Pub Working Group at The Public Theater. He has been a resident artist at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, the Hemispheric Institute at NYU, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where he has been in various forms of residence from 2010-2018. Fishback created and oversees La MaMa Experimental Theater's annual series La MaMa's Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance. He currently sits on Gibney's Curatorial Advisor Team and is a proud member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council. He is developing a new musical, Rubble Rubble.

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Daniel Alexander Jones, Invited Artist Faculty (2013 & 2014)

Daniel Alexander Jones makes live art. An award-winning performer, writer and director, American Theatre Magazine named him "one of fifteen artists whose work will be transforming American stages for decades to come." His unconventional body of work includes plays (Bel Canto, Earthbirths, Phoenix Fabrik), performance pieces (Blood:Shock:Boogie, The Book of Daniel, Cab and Lena) and devised work (Qualities of Light, Clayangels). In collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson, Daniel, as his "altar-ego" Jomama Jones (called "a true theatrical original" by Backstage Magazine), has released the CDs Lone Starand Radiate; has performed in concert at Joe's Pub and Symphony Space; and sold out a theatrical run of the critically acclaimed show Radiate, directed by Kym Moore at Soho Rep. Daniel holds a degree in Africana Studies from Vassar College and a graduate degree in Theatre from Brown University. He is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fordham University and previously taught in the MFA programs at the University of Texas at Austin and Goddard College. Daniel is a Creative Capital grantee, a MAP Fund grantee, and a Howard Foundation Fellowship recipient. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists, a Core Member of the Playwrights' Center, a national company member of Pillsbury House Theatre and a newly appointed Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media at Columbia College, Chicago. Daniel Alexander Jones received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre in 2006 in recognition of his body of work. http://www.danielalexanderjones.com/

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Debra Levine, Invited Artist Faculty (2016)

Debra Levine received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and her MFA in Theatre from Columbia University. Her current research interests focus on translocal imaginaries in transnational and global performance, trans-disciplinary performance, disability arts and culture, social practice art and digital humanities performance scholarship. She has written extensively on AIDS activism and queer demonstrations of care during the early years of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and her research traces the ethics of AIDS activism through historical and contemporary art, performance and protest practices. Before teaching at Harvard University, she taught in the Drama Department at New York University, at Barnard College, and, most recently, was an Assistant Professor of Theater at New York University Abu Dhabi. She is the recipient of the 2017 ASTR/Cambridge University Press Prize and has contributed book and catalog essays for artists Vikram Divecha, Lola Flash, and Trajal Harrell. She has published in TDR: The Drama Review; Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory; GLQ; Disability Studies Quarterly; Theater Research International; emisférica the Journal for the Hemispheric Institute of Performance; Movement Research Journal; Studia Dramatica; the Walker Art Center’s Walker Reader; and NYU Skirball Center’s Indefinite Article. deblevine.blogspot.com

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Débora Correa (Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani), Invited Artist Faculty (2008)

Débora Correa is a performer, director and professor, she is Member of Yuyachkani since 1979. Since 1971, Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani has been working at the forefront of theatrical experimentation, political performance, and collective creation. "Yuyachkani" is a Quechua word that means "I am thinking, I am remembering." Under this name, the theater group has devoted itself to the collective exploration of embodied social memory, particularly in relation to questions of ethnicity, violence, and memory in Peru. Founded through the initiative of Miguel Rubio, Teresa Ralli and others, the group is recognized throughout the world as one of the most premier exponents of Latin American theater. For the past 38 years, they have created performances intimately aligned with Peruvian society, involving the spectator in an act that is at once reflective and emotional. Yuyachkani creates a theater for all that reveals Peru's great diversity, drawing on rituals, the sacred, and Andean space to provoke an introspective investigation into the past that can help us understand the present.

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Diana Taylor, Invited Artist Faculty (2009, 2011, 2012 & 2013)

Diana Taylor is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU. Originally from Mexico, she was trained in Mexico, France, and the United States. She is the author of the award winning Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991); Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's 'Dirty War', Duke U.P., 1997; and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke U.P., 2003), which won the ATHE Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy and the Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for the best book in Latin American and Spanish Literatures and Culture (2004). The Archive and the Repertoire was translated into Portuguese by Eliana Lourenço de Lima Reis, Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Press, 2012, and Spanish by Anabelle Contreras, Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile, 2015. PERFORMANCE (Buenos Aires: Asuntos Impresos, 2012) appeared in a revised version in English with Duke U.P. 2016. Acciones de memoria: Performance, historia, y trauma was published in Peru: Fondo Editorial de la Asamblea Nacional de Rectores (2012). Her new book, ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence is forthcoming with Duke University Press, and in Spanish with Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile. Taylor is the recipient of multiple fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 and an ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, 2013-14. In 2017, she served as President of the Modern Language Association (MLA). In 2018, Taylor was inducted into the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 1998, Taylor has been founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, a network of scholars, artists, and activists throughout the Americas that work for social justice. (Listen to her talk on performance for EMERGENYC 2011.)

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D’Lo, Invited Artist Faculty (2012)

D’Lo is a queer Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer. D’Lo has performed and/or facilitated performance and writing workshops extensively (US, Canada, UK, Germany, Sri Lanka and India). D’Lo is also the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant Queer Organizations nationally (LA, NY and SF). D’Lo’s work has been published in various anthologies and academic journals, most recently: Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asia America and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic (co-edited by Sharon Bridgforth). D’Lo holds a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and is a graduate of New York’s School of Audio Engineering (SAE). dlocokid.com

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Dulce Pinzón, Invited Artist Faculty (2009)

Dulce Pinzón was born in Mexico City in 1974. She studied Mass Media Communications at the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla Mexico and Photography at Indiana University in Pennsylvania. In 1995 she moved to New York where she studied at The International Center of Photography. In 2001 her photos were used for the cover of a publication of Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States”. In 2002 Dulce won the prestigious Jovenes Creadores grant in Mexico for her work. In 2006 she won an Honorific Mention in the Santa Fe project competition and she won the 12th edition of the Mexican Biennial of El Centro de La Imagen. Dulce was a 2006 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is now participating in the 2007 fall session of the Bronx Museum’s AIM program. She is currently a Ford Foundation fellow and lives in Brooklyn New York. www.dulcepinzon.com

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Carmelita Tropicana, Invited Artist Faculty (2008-2009)

Cuban-born writer/performance artist Carmelita Tropicana received an Obie award in 1999 for "Sustained Excellence" and was named "One of the Most Notable Women of 1998" by El Diario newspaper. She and director Ela Troyano won Best Short at the 1994 Berlin Film Festival for Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst is Your Waffen. Her collaboration with Marga Gomez, Single Wet Female, earned a 2002 GLAAD Media Award nomination. In 2000, Beacon Press published a comprehensive collection of her plays and scripts I, Carmelita Tropicana -- Performing Between Cultures, a Lambda Award nominee. INTAR Theatre produced the solo With What Ass Does a Cockroach Sit? in 2004 Her work has been presented at venues including the ICA in London, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea in Barcelona, Thalia Theater in Hamburg, PS 122 in New York, Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and Brava Theater in San Francisco. Tropicana has received numerous writing and performance awards from groups including the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Mark Taper Forum's Latino Initiative.

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Craig T. Peterson, Invited Artist Faculty (2018-present)

Craig T. Peterson is the Artistic Director of Abrons Arts Center, joined the staff at Abrons in September, 2016. Previously he was the Director of Programs at Gibney Dance, a multi-faceted center for dance and performance development, training and presentation in New York City. From 2009 – 2013, Peterson was the Director and Producer of the annual Philly Fringe Festival, a three-week city-wide festival featuring the work of more than 200 performing artists and companies. During this time he also launched and directed the Live Arts Brewery (LAB), a research and development program supporting long term residencies and engagement activities for local and national artists. For ten years he served on the staff of Dance Theater Workshop, one of America’s preeminent contemporary performing arts institutions based in NYC. For four years he served as the organization’s Co-Artistic Director.

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Ebony Noelle Golden, Invited Artist Faculty (2013-present)

Houston, TX native, Ebony Noelle Golden, is a public scholar, performance artist and director of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative. She also serves as the artistic director of Body Ecology Performance Ensemble. BDAC specializes in creative workshops, curriculum development, cultural and performance art design for progressive social change. Working nation-wide, her work spans creative, academic and community organizing spheres. Ebony believes that liberation is a precarious and awesomely terrifying pursuit; yet she is wholly dedicated to activating art, culture and education for liberation and transformation of individuals and communities. Golden’s approach to community arts and cultural design is steeped in the practices of black women, activism, experimental performance and secular/spirituality that honors and affirms individuals and communities working to be self-actualized, self-determined, creative and liberated. Recognized as a Woman Warrior by Casa Atabex Ache and a Black Girl Geek in Arts & Culture by Lived Unchained, Ebony’s work has been supported by a variety of organizations including: New York University, Alternate Roots, We Shall Overcome Fund, Fund for Southern Communities, Soul Mountain Poetry Center, The Highlander Center for Research and Education, Cave Canem Foundation, North Carolina Humanities Council, State of the Nation and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Currently Golden is conjuring RingShout for Reproductive Justice (cultural arts campaign), Weaving Revolution: A Tool Kit for Cultural Organizers, Black Fantastic: New Media Exhibit, The Body Ecology: Performing Cultural Arts Direct Action (tool kit) and "again, the watercarriers”, a book of poems.

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Ed Woodham, Invited Artist Faculty (2013-present)

Ed Woodham has been active in community art, education, and civic interventions across media and culture for over twenty-five years. A visual and performance artist, puppeteer, and curator, Woodham employs humor, irony, subtle detournement, and a striking visual style in order to encourage greater consideration of–and provoke deeper critical engagement with–the urban environment. Woodham created Art in Odd Places (AiOP) to present visual and performance art to reclaim public spaces in New York City and beyond. Woodham teaches at School of Visual Arts for City as Site: Social Interventions and Public Performance. He was a 2013 Blade of Grass Fellow in Social Engagement. For summer 2014, Ed was selected for thedrawing(shed) residency IdeasFromElse[W]here to create a performance work in Lloyd Park, East London. He was a featured speaker for TEDxGowanus and TEDxIndianapolis in 2014. For 2016 he was commissioned to create a socially engaged work for Jamaica FLUX at The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens, NY and was awarded a commission by The Gowanus Public Arts Initiative to create The Keepers, in his longtime neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn. www.edwoodham.com

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ERRO Grupo, Invited Artist Faculty (2013)

ERRO Grupo was founded in 2001 in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brasil. The group’s artistic practice explores the construction of situations in public space, the union of artistic languages, and the dilution of art in everyday life. With its situational praxis, ERRO intervenes daily flows, urban landscapes, and media, seeking other ways to live and to insert ourselves into the city. With 18 years of experience in street theater and performance, ERRO investigates the dissolution and interference of performance in the city through the creation of possible encounters and connections between passersby.

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Favianna Rodríguez, Invited Artist Faculty (2013)

Favianna Rodríguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and sexual freedom. Favianna lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country. In addition to her art practice, Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that’s visionary and transformational. Favianna is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.

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Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Invited Artist Faculty (2008, 2009 & 2016)

Performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña resides in San Francisco where he is artistic director of La Pocha Nostra. Born in 1955 and raised in Mexico City, he traveled to the U.S. in 1978 to study Post-Studio Art at Cal Arts. His pioneering work in performance, video, installation, poetry, journalism, cultural theory and radical pedagogy explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, "extreme culture" and new technologies. A MacArthur Fellow and American Book Award winner, he is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, a writer for newspapers and magazines in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT). For twenty-five years, Gómez-Peña has been exploring intercultural issues and border culture with the use of mixed genres and experimental languages. Continually developing multi-centric narratives and large-scale performance projects from a border perspective, Gómez-Peña creates what critics have termed "Chicano cyber-punk performances" and "ethno-techno art." In his work, cultural borders have moved to the center while the alleged mainstream is pushed to the margins and treated as exotic and unfamiliar, placing the audience members in the position of "foreigners" or "minorities." He mixes experimental aesthetics and social reality, English and Spanish, Chicano humor and activist politics to create a "total experience" for the viewer/reader/audience member. These strategies can be found in his live performance work, his award-winning video art pieces, and his books.

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Jennifer Miller/ Circus Amok, Invited Artist Faculty (2016)

Jennifer Miller is a playwright, performer and the director and founder of Circus Amok. She has been working with alternative circus forms, theater, and dance, and for over twenty years. She is the recipient of the 2008 Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Her work with Circus Amok was awarded a “Bessie” (a New York Dance and Performance Award) in 1995 and an OBIE in 2000. Circus Amok is the subject of a French documentary film, “Un Cirque a New York” 2002 and Brazilian documentary, “Juggling Politics” 2004. As a dancer she has performed with Cathy Weis, Jeff Weis, Jenny Monson, John Jasperse, Johanna Boyce, Doug Elkins, and They Won’t Shut-up among others. She had a seven year stint at Coney Island Sideshow by the Seashore. She toured her solo shows Morphadyke and Free Toasters Everyday here and abroad. She is the author of Cracked Ice or The Jewels of the Forbidden Skates and The Golden Racket. She is an associate professor of performance at Pratt Institute.

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Jeca Rodríguez-Colón, Invited Artist Faculty (2015 & 2016) (EMERGENYC'13 alumn)

Jeca Rodríguez-Colón is a Puerto Rican dancer and choreographer, she began her contemporary dance training with Petra Bravo and Viveca Vázquez. In 2002 moved to New York City where she completed her B.A. at Hunter College with a double major in Dance and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Jeca is the recipient of Hunter College’s 2005 Choreography Departmental Award. Jeca is pursuing her MFA in Creative Practices at Transart Institute where she began to explore video and objects as a medium. After participating in the EMERGENYC 2013 program at the Hemispheric Institute she began to explore performance arts and public interventions. Her work is connected to different aspects of the maternal kinesthetic language in space and the politics that surrounds it. Her latest work includes a street performance “Mother’s Milk is Free”, an installation performance “I ____ Creatures” and object based pieces “Because… I” and “Because… II”. jecarodriguezcolon.carbonmade.com

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Jesusa Rodríguez, Invited Artist Faculty (2008)

Jesusa Rodríguez is a mexican director, actress, playwright, performance artist, scenographer, entrepreneur, and social activist Jesusa Rodríguez has been called the most important woman of Mexico. In 2007 Jesusa was named a Hemispheric Institute Senior Fellow. From 1980 to 2018, she directed and performed in opera, theater, and political farces. Since December 2018, she has been a Senator in Mexico. Her greatest achievement was, and still is, to accumulate disgrace. She was awarded Best Actress at the Festival of the Americas in Montreal, 1989, and is a recipient of a 2000 Obie Award, with Liliana Felipe.

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Karen Finley, Invited Artist Faculty (2008, 2009 & 2010)

Karen Finley is a New York based artist whose raw and transgressive performances have long provoked controversy and debate. She has appeared and exhibited internationally her visual art, performances and plays. Her performances have been presented at Lincoln Center, New York City, The Guthrie, Minneapolis, American Repertory Theatre, The ICA in London, Harvard, The Steppenwolf in Chicago, and The Bobino in Paris. Her artworks are in numerous collections and museums including the Pompidou in Paris and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. . Finley attended the San Francisco Art Institute receiving an MFA and honorary Ph.D. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim, 2 Obies, 2 Bessies, MS. Magazine Woman Of The Year, NARAL Person of the Year (which she shared with Anna Quindlen and Walter Cronkite), NYSCA and NEA Fellowships. She has appeared in many independent films and appeared in the film Philadelphia. She has authored and or edited seven books including Shock Treatment (City Lights 1990), Enough is Enough (Poseidon, Simon and Schuster 1993), Living It Up (Doubleday 1996), Pooh Unplugged (Smart Art Books 1999), A Different Kind Of Intimacy: The Collected Writings of Karen Finley (Thunders Mouth Press 2000), she edited and contributed to Aroused” A Collection of Erotic Writings (Thunders Mouth Press 2001) and George and Martha (Verso 2006).

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Karina Casiano, Invited Artist Faculty (2010)

Karina Casiano is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, she has worked in theater in New York, Spain and South America. In 1999, Casiano premiered her first one-woman show, Qué me trajiste: Cabaret Boricua. In 2000, she presented her second solo show, Colonia 2007 o el cabaret de los días terribles. In 2006, she premiered her first full-cast, site-specific play, Silence Is Health and, in 2008, Casiano produced her third solo work, the theatrical concert about migration, Rootless: La No-Nostalgia.

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Karina Claudio Betancourt, Invited Artist Faculty (2010)

Karina Claudio Betancourt is a Program Officer with the Open Society Foundations and works with the Open Places Initiative, a placed-based initiative in three sites: Buffalo, Puerto Rico, and San Diego. She is a skilled community organizer with several years of management, advocacy, policy analysis, fundraising and grant writing experience. She has particular experience working/organizing to empower low wage workers, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and individuals living in the intersection of these identities. Karina most recently hails from the New York City Council, where she served as the Senior Director of the Community Engagement Division in the Office of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. In this capacity, she directed the implementation of a citywide Participatory Budgeting project, as well as the implementation of several pro-LGBTQ rights policies. From 2008 to 2014, she was a staff person at Make the Road New York (MRNY), where she oversaw its LGBTQ Justice Project. She also helped open MRNY’s new office in Brentwood, Long Island, where she supervised its immigration, housing, civic engagement and leadership development programs. Karina grew up in Puerto Rico, where she attended the University of Puerto Rico, graduating with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She moved to NYC in 2007, where she attended New York University and received a M.A. in Performance Studies.

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Kirya Traber, Invited Artist Faculty (2014)

Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded writer, performing artist, and educator. She is the recipient of the California Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts,Robert Redford's Sundance foundation award for Environmental Activism in the Arts from,an Honorable Mention in Poetry from the 2011 Astrea Lesbian Writers Fund, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Certificate of Recognition. She is a two time judge for the LAMDA Literary awards in LGBT Drama, and an alumnus of the 2010 VONA/Voices retreat for writers of color, and the 2012 EmergeNYC intensive at the Hemispheric Institute. Kirya has toured the United States and Canada as a poet and solo performance artist, and has featured at the Living Word Festival at Yerba Beuna Center for the arts in the SF Bay Area, San Francisco's National Queer Arts Festival, and at La Mama's Experimental Theater Club, to name a few. Her work can be found in the pages of, Other Tongues, an anthology by Inana Press, and in her 2009 chap book, black chick. She has worked as an arts educator with youth and adults in both school and community based settings, and within the juvenile justice system. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Acting at the New School for Drama.

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Leónidas Martín, Invited Artist Faculty (2010)

Leónidas Martín is a Professor at Barcelona University where he teaches New Media and Political Art. For many years he has been developing collective projects between art and activism, some of them well known internationally (Las Agencias, Yomango, Prêt a Révolter). He writes about art and politics for blogs, journals and newspapers, has created several documentaries and movies for television and internet, and is a member of the cultural collective “Enmedio” (www.enmedio.info). Last but not least, he is an expert telling jokes, often using this divine gift to get free beers and avoid police arrest. Leo will tell stories about the current upheaval in Spain, among other things.

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Lorie Novak, Invited Artist Faculty (2009)

Lorie Novak’s photographs, installations, and internet projects have been in numerous exhibitions including solo exhibitions at The International Center for Photography, NY; Photoville, Brooklyn, NY; ArtSway, Hampshire, England; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Houston Center for Photography; Breda Fotografica, the Netherlands; Addison Gallery, Andover, MA; and Stanford University Art Museum. Her work has been in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC.; Art Institute of Chicago; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among others. She has been the recipient of a 2016 New York for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation, Italy; the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center (Italy), ArtSway (England), Mac Dowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Djerassi Foundation. Her photographs are in numerous permanent collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museum of Modern Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, NY; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Novak uses various technologies of representation to explore issues of memory and transmission, identity and loss, presence and absence, shifting cultural meanings of photographs, and the relationship between the intimate and the public. Her Collected Visions project, 1996-present, exploring how family photographs shape our memory, was one of the earliest interactive storytelling websites. She was Chair of Photography & Imaging from 1999 to 2006. She is founder and director of the department's Future Imagemakers/Community Collaborations, a participatory photography project where NYU students teach digital photography to NYC high school students. Novak is also affiliated faculty at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics in the Americas.

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Maura Nguyen Donohue, Invited Artist Faculty (2019)

Maura Nguyen Donohue (she/her) has been making experimental performance works in NYC for 20 years. Her work has been produced by Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Roulette, Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, La Mama, The Asia Society, Mulberry St. Theater, the West End Theater, and has toured across the US and to Europe and Asia. She is an Associate Prof of Dance at Hunter College/CUNY and faculty fellow for the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. As a member of La Mama's Great Jones Rep since 1997, she has toured across Europe and Asia. From '99-04, as artistic advisor for DTW’s Mekong Project, she facilitated residencies in the US and SE Asia. Her essay "Ambivalent Selves: The Asian Female Body in American Concert Dance" was published in Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance and she writes for Culturebot. She served on boards for DTW, Congress on Research in Dance, and Movement Research. She also co-chairs the Small Capacity group on the Bessies Committee with George Sanchez and collaborates with Perry Yung on the ongoing durational performance of parenting 2 humans.

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Martha Wilson, Invited Artist Faculty (2008)

Martha Wilson (b. 1947) is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personae. She began making these videos and photo/text works in the early 1970s while in Halifax in Nova Scotia, and further developed her performative and video-based practice after moving in 1974 to New York City, embarking on a long career that would see her gain attention across the U.S. for her provocative appearances and works. In 1976 she also founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation art, video, onliine and performance art, further challenging institutional norms, the roles artists play within society, and expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums.

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Mary Notari, Invited Artist Faculty (2014) (EMERGENYC'11 alumn)

Mary Notari is a multidisciplinary theater artist and cultural organizer. As a performer, she has presented solo work and appeared in independent theater productions in NYC and beyond including venues such as the Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe, LaMama ETC, Dixon Place, The Bushwick Starr, and the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum. She previously worked with the culture-jamming collective The Yes Men and facilitated workshops on creative activism with their non-profit training organization, the Yes Lab. She completed her B.A. in Theater from Oberlin College and is an alum of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ emerging artists program, EmergeNYC.

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Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Invited Artist Faculty (2009)

Nicolás Dumit Estévez treads an elusive route that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. Concurrently, this path has been informed by a strong personal interest in immigration, cultural hybridization and Estévez’s understanding of identity as a process always in flux. He hence approaches the concepts of home and belonging to the U.S. American context from the perspective of a Lebanese-Dominican, Dominican York who was recently baptized as a Bronxite: a citizen of the Bronx. While ephemeral by nature, Estévez’s work gains permanence through audios, photographs, props, drawings, rumors, embodied memories, costumes, websites, videos and publications. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the U.S. as well as internationally at venues such as Madrid Abierto/ARCO, The IX Havana Biennial, PERFORMA 05 and 07, IDENSITAT, Prague Quadrennial, NYU Cantor Film Center, The Pontevedra Biennial, The Queens Museum, MoMA, Printed Matter, P.S. 122, Hemispheric Institute of Performance Art and Politics, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Anthology Film Archives, The Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, The MacDowell Colony, Provisions Library, El Museo del Barrio, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Center for Book Arts, Longwood Art Gallery/BCA, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Franklin Furnace, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others.

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Soomi Kim, Invited Artist Faculty (2013)

Soomi Kim is a Korean born, New York City based actor/movement artist (dancer, stage combat/martialarts, choreographer, former gymnast). She has worked as a company member with several artists as well producing, creating and performing her own work, almost always in the collaborative setting. She has created 2 original full length productions as a lead artist (developed in collaboration with director Suzi Takahashi) and is currently developing a third (Chang(e)) as a HERE Arts Resident artist. Her pieces are: Lee/gendary (inspired by the life of Bruce Lee, winner for Outstanding Production of a Play and Takahashi for Outstanding director at the 2009 NYIT Awards), Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky (presented at the 3rd National Asian American Theater festival in LA 2011 and Women Center Stage in NYC- 2012). Chang(e) is a political theater performance piece inspired by the life of Kathy Change, a Chinese American performance artist who self immolated in front of the Peace sculpture on the campus of U Penn in 1996 as an act of protest. For 2 years straight Kim has participated in the Asian Arts Initiative’s Artist Exchange residency, where her work is presented in Philadelphia, PA. A workshop of Chang(e) was recently shown at HERE’s annual Culturemart festival of new work by current HARP artists. Soomi has been featured in KoreAm Journal, Asiance magazine, Kung Fu magazine, The Korea Times, Tsing Tao newspaper, the L.A. Times and has appeared as a guest on PBS's show Asian America, Art on Air radio station and on NYtheatre.com podcasts. www.soomikim.com

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Sonia Guiñansaca, Invited Artist Faculty (2017)

Sonia Guiñansaca is a Queer Migrant Poet , Cultural Organizer, and Activist from Harlem by way of Ecuador. Guiñansaca a VONA/Voices alumni who has performed at El Museo Del Barrio, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY Poetry Festival, Galleria de La Raza, and featured on NBC, PBS, Latina Magazine, Pen American, and the Poetry Foundation to name a few. She has presented keynotes, workshops, panels at universities throughout the country. She has been named as 1 of 10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know by Remezcla, as well as one of 13 Coolest Queers on the Internet by Teen Vogue, and recently announced as the 2017's Artist in Residency at NYU's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She has emerged as a national leader in the undocumented/migrant artistic and political communities. In 2007, Guiñansaca came out publicly as an undocumented immigrant. Since then she has co-founded and help build some of the largest undocumented organizations in the country, coordinating and participating in groundbreaking civil disobedience actions in the immigrant rights movement. She has also founded some of the first creative artistic projects by and for undocumented writers/artists. Currently she is working on her full length poetry manuscript on migration, queerness, and her change in immigration status from undocumented to documented. She is the Knowledge Lab & Operations Manager, and coordinator of the UndocuWriting project at CultureStrike. soniaguinansaca.com

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Paloma McGregor, Invited Artist Faculty (2014)

Paloma McGregor is a choreographer, writer and organizer living in Harlem. Her performance work has been presented throughout New York, including at The Kitchen, Harlem Stage, EXIT Art, SummerStages, Brecht Forum, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, Fordham University and Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, as well as at UCLA, U.C. Berkeley, Yale University, The Dance Place in Washington, DC, Cleveland Public Theatre and the McKenna Museum in New Orleans. She has collaborated with directors Patricia McGregor, Niegel Smith and Emily Mendelsohn, multidisciplinary artists Mendi+Keith Obadike and LaTasha Nevada Diggs and musician Greg Tate. Paloma is co-founder of Angela's Pulse, along with her director-sister, Patricia McGregor. Angela’s Pulse devises collaborative performance work; collaborates with diverse communities, including artists, activists, educators, students, seniors and scientists; and is dedicated to building community and illuminating undertold stories. Their first evening-length work, Blood Dazzler, was based on poetry by Patricia Smith and premiered in a sold-out run at Harlem Stage in 2010. Paloma is currently developing Building a Better Fishtrap, a performance project that explores water, memory and home, as well as examines what we carry with us, what we leave behind and what we reclaim.

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Pamela Sneed, Invited Artist Faculty

Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, and actress. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time Out, Bomb, VIBE, and on the cover of New York Magazine. In 2015, she appeared in Art Forum and The Huffington Post. She hosted Queer Art Film at the IFC in New York City. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, published by Henry Holt in April 1998, KONG & Other Works, published by Vintage Entity Press (2009) and a Lincoln (2014). In 2015, she published the Chaplet Gift with Belladonna. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s The 100 Best African American Poems. She has performed original works for sold out houses at Lincoln Center, P.S. 122, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester England, BAM Cafe, Central Park Summer Stage and recently Columbia University's Tribute to James Baldwin, The Whitney Museum and BRIC. At current, she teaches in the Department of Journalism and Communication at LIU and is a Visiting Professor at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute teaching Human Rights and Writing Art. Her forthcoming book, Sweetdreams, will be published by Belladona in 2017.

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Patricia Hoffbauer, Invited Artist Faculty

Pat Hoffbauer is a dance artist and educator. She teaches at Hunter College and Princeton and performs with Yvonne Rainer. Her work Para-dice (stage 1) was presented by Danspace Project as part of Platform and stage 2 is on its way!

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Peggy Shaw, Invited Artist Faculty (2013)

Peggy Shaw is a performer, writer, producer, and teacher of writing and performance. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2016 USA Artist Fellow, and was the 2014 recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award. Peggy co-founded Split Britches and WOW in NYC. She is a veteran of Hot Peaches and Spiderwoman and has collaborated with Lois Weaver since 1980. Peggy was born in Belmont Massachusetts in 1944. She completed a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art and moved to New York with her daughter Shara in 1967. In 1977 Hot Peaches went on a ‘Gay Tour of Europe’ where Peggy wrote her first monologue and met Lois Weaver who was touring with Spiderwoman Theatre at the time. In 1978 Peggy joined Spiderwoman, and by 1980 Lois and Peggy formed their own company after collaborating on the performance Split Britches: The True Story. Peggy has received five NYFA Fellowships and three OBIE Awards including an OBIE for Performance in 1987 for Dress Suits for Hire and in 1999 for Menopausal Gentleman. She was the recipient of the 1995 Anderson Foundation Stonewall Award, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Theatre Performer of the Year Award in 2005, the 2012 Edwin Booth CUNY Award for her ‘significant impact on theatre and performance in New York’, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Queen Mary University of London in 2017. Split Britches’ collection of scripts, Split Britches Feminist Performance/Lesbian Practice, edited by Sue Ellen Case, won the 1997 Lambda Literary Award for Drama. Her book A Menopausal Gentleman, edited by Jill Dolan and published by Michigan Press, won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for LBGT Drama. It includes scripts of her solo performances: You’re Just Like My Father, Menopausal Gentleman, To My Chagrin and Must. Peggy was the 2011 recipient of the Ethyl Eichelberger Award for the creation of RUFF, a musical collaboration that explores her experiences of having a stroke. Peggy was named a Senior Fellow by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU in 2014.

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Reverend Billy, Invited Artist Faculty (2010 & 2009)

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that Consumerism is overwhelming in our lives. The corporations want us to have experienced only through their products. Our neighborhoods, "commons" places like stoops and parks and streets and libraries, are disappearing into the corporatized world of big boxes and chain stores. But if we "back away from the product" - even a little bit, well then we Put The Odd Back In God! The supermodels fly away and we're left with our original sensuality. So we are singing and preaching for local economies and real - not mediated through products -- experience. We like independent shops where you know the person behind the counter or at least - you like them enough to share a story. We ask that local activists who are defending themselves against supermalls, nuke plants, gentrification -- call us and we'll come and put on our "Fabulous Worship!" Remember children... Love is a Gift Economy!

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Ricardo Gamboa, Invited Artist Faculty (2011) (EMERGENYC 2010)

Ricardo Gamboa is an artist, activist and academic working in his native Chicago and New York City. In Chicago, he is a company member of Barrel of Monkeys, Southside Ignoramus Quartet and Free Street Theater. He is the founding Artistic Director of Teatro Americano and founding adult partner of the controversial youth ensemble The Young Fugitives. In New York, he was a fellow of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics EmergeNYC program, a company member of the New York Neo-Futurists, and has performed at a range of institutional and underground venues. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana; received his Master’s in Arts Politics from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in American Studies at NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. His short film “The Southside Has Many Beauty Queens” was a winner of the Best Short at Chicago Latino Film Festival and his feature debut “Maydays” received standing-only crowds and critical praise from the festival. Gamboa is the winner of several awards, fellowships, and grants including a Joyce Award, NEA Artworks Award, MacArthur Foundation International Connections Award and Latino ImPACT Playwrights Award. He is a Playwright-in-Residence at Chicago Dramatists. This year, he was a finalist for the Sundance Film Festival Latino Film Fellowship and Latino Screen Writing Project. He is a Critical Collaborations Fellow at NYU’s Global Network University (2016-2018). He has worked with over 5,000 young people in the United States and Latin America. His current projects include the decolonial and queer webseries BRUJOS and the live news show and podcast, The Hoodoisie.

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Susana Cook, Invited Artist Faculty

Susana Cook, born in Argentina, is a New York-based playwright, director, and performer who has been producing original work for over 20 years. Her work has been presented in numerous performance spaces in New York City, including Dixon Place, PS. 122, W.O.W Cafe Theater, Ubu Rep, Theater for the New City, The Puffin Room, and The Kitchen. She has also performed internationally in Spain, France, India, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Canada and several colleges and universities around the country. Some of her latest shows are include : Homeland Insecurities, The idiot King, The Values Horror Show, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats and Tango Lesbiango She is the recipient of several fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Arts International, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, The Franklin Furnace Archives, The Puffin Foundation, and INTAR.www.susanacook.com

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Tavia Nyong’o, Invited Artist Faculty (2014)

Tavia Nyong’o is a Professor of African-American Studies, American Studies, and Theatre and Performance Studies at Yale University. His research interests include the ethics & aesthetics of social & cultural analysis. His books include The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (U Minnesota, 2009), which won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies, and Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (NYU Press, 2018). Nyong’o co-edits the journal Social Text, published by Duke University Press, with David Sartorius (U Maryland). Nyong’o is the co-series editor of the Sexual Cultures book series at New York University Press, with Ann Pellegrini (NYU) and Joshua Chambers-Letson (Northwestern).

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Tim Miller, Invited Artist Faculty (2011)

Tim Miller is an internationally acclaimed performance artist. Miller's creative work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man. Hailed for his humor and passion, Miller has tackled this challenge in such pieces as POSTWAR (1982), COST OF LIVING (1983), DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA (1984), BUDDY SYSTEMS (1985), SOME GOLDEN STATES (1987), STRETCH MARKS (1989), SEX/LOVE/STORIES (1991), MY QUEER BODY (1992), NAKED BREATH (1994), FRUIT COCKTAIL (1996), SHIRTS & SKIN (1997) GLORY BOX (1999), US (2003) and 1001 BEDS (2006). Miller's performances have been presented all over North America, Australia, and Europe in such prestigious venues as Yale Repertory Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the author of the books SHIRTS & SKIN, BODY BLOWS and 1001 BEDS, which won the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for best book in Drama-Theatre. His solo theater works have been published in the play collections O Solo Homo and Sharing the Delirium. Miller’s newest book 1001 BEDS, an anthology of his performances, essays, and journals, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2006. Miller has taught performance at UCLA, NYU, the School of Theology at Claremont and at universities all over the US. He is a co-founder of two of the most influential performance spaces in the United States: Performance Space 122 on Manhattan's Lower East Side and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA.

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The Illuminator, Invited Artist Faculty (2016)

The Illuminator is an art-activist collective comprised of visual artists, educators, filmmakers, and technologists living and working in New York City. The collective has staged hundreds of projection-interventions in public spaces, transforming the street from a space of passive consumption and transit into a site of engagement, conflict, and dialogue. Our work calls attention to the many urgent crises that confront us, in support of the ongoing struggle for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. Current members include Emily Andersen, Todd Anderson, Zoe Bachman, Rachel Brown, Kyle Depew, Grayson Earle, Nadia Mohamed, Anna Ozbek, Chris Rogy and Jean Sonderand. Former members included Margaret Campbell, Betsy Fagin, Susan Forste, Hugo Genes, Daniel Latorre, Shaun Persaud, Mark Read, Ivan Safrin, Athena Soules, and Lucky Tran.

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The Yes Lab, Invited Artist Faculty (2014)

The Yes Lab is a series of brainstorms and training to help activist groups carry out media-garnering creative actions, focused on their own campaign goals. It's a way for social justice organizations to take advantage of all that the Yes Men have learned–not only about our own ways of doing things but those we've come in contact with over the decade-and-a-half that we've been doing this sort of thing. 

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The Word Famous *BOB*, Invited Artist Faculty (2014)

The Word Famous *BOB*, known for her over the top blonde bombshell image and incredible ability to mix martinis in her cleavage, has captivated audiences all over the world with her unique burlesque stylings, humorous performance art, and MC skills. She has been photographed by hundreds of photographers including Patrick McMullan, Mario Testino, and David LaChapelle. *BOB* appears in several books including Hotel LaChapelle, New Burlesque, Striptease: From Gaslight to Spotlight, Burlesque: The new Bump and Grind, The Brooklynites, and The Velvet Hammer Burlesque. Believing that television is “the theatre for the poor” *BOB* is a huge fan of the boob tube and has appeared on A&E’s The History of Cleavage as well as HBO’s Real Sex. She has graced the pages of over 50 national and international publications including The New York Times where they referred to *BOB*’s art as “poignant”. The big screen suits *BOB* as well, her latest cameo being in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus.

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Universes, Invited Artist Faculty (2011)

Universes is a National / International ensemble Company of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse Poetry, Theater, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Politics, Down Home Blues and Spanish Boleros to create moving, challenging and entertaining theatrical works. The group breaks the bounds of traditional theater to create their own brand, inviting old and new generations of theater crafters as well as the theater goers and newcomers to reshape the face of American Theater. The company consists of four core members: Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz, Gamal Abdel Chasten, and Ninja. They are the Hemispheric Institute's Artists in Residence for 2010-2011. www.universesonstage.com