Pew Fellow Thaddeus Phillips Receives 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award

Thaddeus Phillips in 17 Border Crossings. Photo by Mark Simpson.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage congratulates theater artist and Pew Fellow Thaddeus Phillips (2002) on receiving a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

With its fifth annual Artist Awards, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) recognized 21 artists for “their creative vitality and ongoing contributions to the fields of dance, jazz, and theater.” Each awardee receives multi-year funding of $275,000, as well as professional development opportunities and financial counseling provided by Creative Capital, DDCF’s partner in the awards.

An actor, director, stage designer, and playwright, Phillips “creates visual spectacles that take audiences to new frontiers,” writes DDCF in its awards press release. The recipient of several Center project grants, Phillips has created a number of critically-acclaimed theater productions, including Alias (2014), a bilingual performance work inspired by Colombian telenovelas, Red-Eye to Havre de Grace (2011), based on Edgar Allan Poe’s final days, and Microworld(s) (2009), a two-part solo work about a Serbian immigrant. His most recent work, 17 Border Crossings (2015), a solo show documenting migration, is currently touring internationally, with stops in Australia, Italy, Scotland, Hong Kong, and Spain.

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