John Collins

John Collins.

John Collins is founder and artistic director of Elevator Repair Service (ERS), a theater ensemble based in New York City. Characterized by its mash-up of high-and low-tech design, literary and found text, and innovative choreography, ERS has created theatrical adaptations of mainstays of American literature in GATZ, a real-time reading of The Great Gatsby; The Sound and the Fury (April Seventh, 1928), a take on the first chapter of the William Faulkner novel; and The Select (The Sun Also Rises), based on the Ernest Hemingway novel. Among his many honors, Collins has received a 2011 Lucille Lortel Award and a 2010 Elliot Norton Award—both for Outstanding Director—as well as a 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a 2011 United States Artists Fellowship, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2012, Collins and ERS were honored with an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence. In 2016, he served as a Pew Fellowships panelist.


Grants & Grantees

Scott Rigby is a visual artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Meg Foley presents an exhibition of improvisational research and performance documenting up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15pm.

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Rebecca Rutstein is a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.

Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher was appointed the third Philadelphia Poet Laureate by Mayor Jim Kenney on February 5, 2016.

Collaborators & Colleagues

David White is the executive and artistic director of The Yard, the chair of the National Council at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the principal and manager of Public Imaginations.

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Travis Macdonald (Pew Fellow, 2014) questions authorship with poems that are lively and whimsical without being frivolous, and which offer critique and reflection of the contemporary moment.

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In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes hosts a discussion about her artistic and curatorial process, in conjunction with the exhibition Common Touch.

Bruce Graham’s Rizzo opens at Theatre Exile, NPR features Chris Forsyth, and Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson receives a Bessie Award.

Poet and Pew Fellow Ryan Eckes on his desire to “write toward another way of living,” why he chooses to work and live in Philadelphia, the books on his bedside table, and more.

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Founded in 1982, Choral Arts Philadelphia has performed nearly 300 works by more than 100 composers.

Grants & Grantees

Steven Donegan is a visual artist and a 1998 Pew Fellow.