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Creative Fellowships Initiative

In 2016, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the University of Washington a three and a half year, $750,000 grant to pilot a new Creative Fellowships Initiative to explore the nature of creative research at a top public research university. The interdisciplinary Initiative was designed to advance the field of performing arts by supporting artists in the development of new work and by integrating the performing arts disciplines into the broader curriculum. This was the first time the University's performing arts units, the School of Music, School of Drama, DXARTS Center, Department of Dance and Meany Center for the Performing Arts, had joined together for an experiment of this scale. 

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For more information, contact Kristen Kosmas, Creative Fellowships Coordinator, at mcfellow@uw.edu.

 

Meet the Fellows

MARGARITA BALI // DEPARTMENT OF DANCE

Margarita Bali is a choreographer, video dance and video-installation artist and teacher. She has co-directed with Susana Tambutti the Argentine contemporary dance company NUCLEODANZA for twenty-five years, touring her choreographic work in over 100 venues in Europe, North and South America, India ...

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BANDALOOP // DEPARTMENT OF DANCE

A pioneer in vertical dance performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. Founded by choreographer and artistic director Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP’s indoor/outdoor work has been presented in theaters and museums...

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BRIAN BROOKS // DEPARTMENT OF DANCE

Brian Brooks is the inaugural Choreographer in Residence at Chicago's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, a three-year fellowship that includes commissions for new works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Miami City Ballet, and his own New York-based group. In addition...

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P. Carl // SCHOOL OF DRAMA

P. Carl is a nonfiction writer and Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College, in Boston. Carl writes widely on theater, gender, and inclusive practices. He stands at the forefront of creating innovative knowledge platforms and cultural transformation models for arts organizations. 

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ERIK EHN // SCHOOL OF DRAMA

Co-Artistic Director, Tenderloin Opera Company. Graduate of New Dramatists. Head of Playwriting, Brown University. Work includes The Saint Plays, No Time Like the Present, Wolf at the Door, Tailings, Beginner, 10,000 Things, Clover, Ideas of Good and Evil (linked operas with composer Lisa Bielawa), Soulographie...

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BILL FRISELL // SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Bill Frisell is one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of his performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well. In recent years, it is Frisell's role as...

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JACK QUARTET // SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DXARTS

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK Quartet is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen...

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DANIEL ALEXANDER JONES // SCHOOL OF DRAMA

Daniel Alexander Jones’s wildflower body of work grows in relationship to a wide range of audiences. Duat premiered at Soho Rep in 2016 to critical acclaim. His other performance pieces and plays include Radiate, Phoenix Fabrik, Blood:Shock:Boogie, and Bel Canto...

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GARTH KNOX // SCHOOL OF MUSIC

In 1983, violist Garth Knox he was invited by Pierre Boulez to become a member of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, where he had the chance to do much solo playing (including concertos directed by Pierre Boulez) and chamber music, touring widely and playing in international festivals....

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MA-YI THEATER WRITERS LAB // SCHOOL OF DRAMA

Since its founding, Ma-Yi has distinguished itself as one of the country’s leading incubators of new work shaping the national discourse about what it means to be Asian American today. Its numerous acclaimed productions include Mike Lew’s Bike America, Qui Nguyen's The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G...

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SHANNON SCROFANO // SCHOOL OF DRAMA

Shannon Scrofano is a Los Angeles-based designer whose work includes interdisciplinary performance, public space, exhibition, curation and conversation projects internationally and throughout the US. She serves as the Director of Design...

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THE SIX TONES // SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The Six Tones is a platform for an encounter between traditional and experimental cultures in Asia and the west. The core of this practice is, since 2006, an ongoing project of mutual learning between musicians from Vietnam and Sweden...

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MEIYIN WANG // SCHOOL OF DRAMA

Meiyin Wang is a producer, curator and director of live performance based in California. She is currently the Director of La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival and most recently the Co-Director of Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater in New York...

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