lê thị diễm thúy is a Vietnamese-American author, poet, and performance artist whose work explores the role of the body as the site of memory. Among others, she has been an artist-in-resident at the Lannan Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. Her solo performance works have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, the international Women Playwrights Festival in Galway, Ireland, and the New WORLD Theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2003, and her writing has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Harper’s Magazine, and The Very Inside anthology. She is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and was named a Ford Fellow in Literature by United States Artists in 2008. She served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2014 and 2016.
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Lance Fung has worked as an independent curator since 2005, realizing innovative projects in China, Finland, Italy, and the United States.
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.
Dancer, choreographer, and 2013 Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes hip-hop techniques from the street to the stage and tells the autobiographical story defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.
John Blake, Jr. (1947–2014, Pew Fellow, 2010) took his inspiration as a contemporary jazz violinist and composer from some of the genre’s greats.
When asked about his sense of ethical responsibility in creating work, Whit MacLaughlin of New Paradise Laboratories responded with a reflection on his place in the performance world.
We speak to Mary Lattimore, a classically trained harpist who incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music.
Nicole Cousineau (Pew Fellow, 2007) makes multimedia dance theater based in strong, rigorous movement investigation.
In 2003 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 63 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Miranda Cuckson teaches violin at Mannes College The New School for Music and directs the not-for-profit music organization Nunc, which she founded in 2007.
New Paradise Laboratories’ core ensemble will expand their devised theater techniques and lay the groundwork for a series of new pieces, through investigations of improvisational structures, games of chance, and audience interactivity, with a group of international practitioners including composer Bhob Rainey and UK game theory specialist Tassos Stevens.
In 1993 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 13 dance organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.