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2015-2016 Mentors

Arthur AvilesShannon Michael Cane / Angela Dufresne / Avram Finkelstein / Thomas Allen Harris / Silas HowardJaime Manrique / Stacie Passon / Sarah Schulman / Talvin Wilks

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Arthur Aviles

Arthur Aviles, an award-winning New York-Rican dancer/choreographer, was born in Queens and raised in Long Island and the South Bronx. He studied theatre with Peter Vercillo and Edward M. Fourrey. His physical training included swimming, diving, wrestling and gymnastics. He received his B.A. from Bard College where he studied dance with Lenore Latimer, Jean Churchill, Albert Reid and Aileen Passloff.

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Shannon Michael Cane

Shannon Michael Cane is a writer, curator, collector and publisher from Melbourne, Australia. After publishing and editing the seminal queer art journal THEY SHOOT HOMO’S DON’T THEY? for five years, he moved to NYC in 2008 to work at the world’s largest non-profit specializing in artists’ books; Printed Matter, Inc. Currently working as the curator of fairs and editions he is responsible for staging the NY and LA Art Book Fairs.

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Angela Dufresne

I was born in Hartford CT to Polish, Irish, French and Italian Catholics in 1969. I was raised in Olathe, Kansas, the town where Dick and Perry stopped in before they went on the kill the Clutters.  I was the first of my family linage to get a college degree.

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Avram Finkelstein

Avram Finkelstein is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn.

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 The Whitney Museum, The Venice Biennale, Artforum, LAMOCA, The New Museum, Creative Time, and The Public Art Fund. The collective has work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, MoMA, and The New Museum.

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Thomas Allen Harris

Thomas Allen Harris is the founder and President Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality.

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Silas Howard

Silas Howard began his career as a founding member of the legendary queer punk band Tribe8. His first feature film, By Hook or By Crook, was a Sundance Film Festival premiere and five-time Best Feature winner. His documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at Sundance and played festivals internationally. His short films, music videos and web series have aired on MTV, Logo, Showtime and the Sundance Channel. His second feature, Sunset Stories, premiered at SXSW in 2012 and was picked up for distribution by Film Buff.

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Jaime Manrique

Jaime Manrique is a Colombian-born novelist, poet, essayist, and translator who has written both in English and Spanish, and whose work has been translated into fifteen languages.

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Stacie Passon

Stacie Passon is an American film director and screenwriter, whose debut film Concussion premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and subsequently won a Teddy Award Jury Prize at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

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Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is the author of 17 books including the novel THE COSMOPOLITANS, forthcoming from The Feminist Press in 2016.  Her new movie “Jason and Shirley”, co-written with Jack Waters and director Stephen Winter, will premiere in spring 2015.

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Talvin Wilks

Talvin Wilks is a playwright, director and dramaturg. His plays include Tod, the boy, TodThe Trial of Uncle S&M, Bread of Heaven, and An American Triptych.

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2014-2015 Mentors

Jibz Cameron / Chitra Ganesh / Thomas Allen Harris / James Lecesne / Caden Manson / Carrie Moyer / Bradford Nordeen / Stacie Passon / Yoruba Richen / Stacy Szymaszek

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Jibz Cameron

Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor who lives and works in New York City. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been seen such institutions as The New Museum NY, The Kitchen,  MOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and more as well as many international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years”.

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Chitra Ganesh

Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives and works. Her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations seek to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art.

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Thomas Allen Harris

Thomas Allen Harris is an award winning filmmaker whose films, shorts and video installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Biennial, Reina Sofia, Corcoran Gallery among many others.

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James Lecesne

James Lecesne has been telling stories for over twenty-five years. He has created several his solo shows, including WORD OF MOUTH, which won the NY Drama Desk Award & NY Oter Cristics Circle Award).  His short film, TREVOR, received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 1994, and went on to inspire The Trevor Project,  the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. James has also written for TV, he is the author of several novels for Young Adults and he was most recently seen as an actor in Gore’s Vidal THE BEST MAN on Broadway.

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Caden Manson

Caden Manson is co-founder of Big Art Group and editor of contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video and set designed 13 Big Art Group productions that have toured nationally and internationally.

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Carrie Moyer

Carrie Moyer is a painter and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 1991 Moyer and photographer Sue Schaffner co-founded one of the first queer interventionist public art projects, Dyke Action Machine, which ran until 2008.

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Bradford Nordeen

Bradford Nordeen holds an MA in Cinema Cultures from King’s College London and a BFA in Photography and Media from CalArts. The founder of Dirty Looks NYC, a platform for queer experimental film and video, and the site-specific off-shoot series, Dirty Looks: On Location, a month of queer interventions in New York City spaces.

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Stacie Passon

Stacie Passon is an American film director and screenwriter, whose debut film Concussion premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and subsequently won a Teddy Award Jury Prize at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

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Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad including Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Her latest film The New Black has won Audience Awards at AFI Docs and Philly Q Fest and Frameline LGBT Film Festival.

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Stacy Szymaszek 

Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009), both published by Litmus Press, as well as numerous chapbooks, including Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Press, 2008), Stacy S.: Autoportraits (OMG, 2008) and austerity measures (Fewer & Further Press, 2012).​ Her book, Hart Island, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2015. ​​She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, and the Director of The Poetry Project ​​at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village. ​

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2013-2014 Mentors

Moe Angelos / Geoffrey Chadsey / Pati Hertling James Lecesne Jaime Manrique / Caden Manson / Carlos Motta Yoruba Richen Rose Troche / Geo Wyeth

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Moe Angelos

Moe Angelos has written and performed six plays and other stuff with her collaborative theatre ensemble The Five Lesbian Brothers. Moe has also worked with The Builders Association since 1999 and is currently peddling Sontag: Reborn, a theatrical adaptation of the early journals of Susan Sontag.

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Geoffrey Chadsey
Geoff Chadsey is a drawer (color pencil) with an MFA in photographer from CCA in San Francisco. He has been in New York since 2003. He has had solo shows at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Electric Works Gallery in San Francisco, and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu.

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Pati Hertling
Pati Hertling was born in Berlin in 1977. She is an attorney and independent curator. From 2005-2010 she organized Evas Arche und der Feminist, a monthly series of salon events presenting works by two artists for one night, first in Berlin and later in New York.
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James Lecesne

James Lecesne has been telling stories for over twenty-five years. He has created several his solo shows, including WORD OF MOUTH, which won the NY Drama Desk Award & NY Oter Cristics Circle Award).  His short film, TREVOR, received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 1994, and went on to inspire  The Trevor Project ,  the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. James has also written for TV, he is the author of several novels for Young Adults and he was most recently seen as an actor in Gore’s Vidal THE BEST MAN on Broadway.

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Jaime Manrique

Jaime Manrique was born in Colombia, South America. His first three books—a novella and short stories, a volume of film criticism, and a book of poems (which won his country’s National Poetry Award)—were written in Spanish. Starting with the novel, Colombian Gold, he’s been writing his fiction, and most of his non-fiction, exclusively in English, though he still writes poetry in his native tongue.

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Caden Manson

Caden Manson is co-founder of Big Art Group and editor of contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video and set designed 13 Big Art Group productions that have toured nationally and internationally.

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Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, and identities.

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Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad including Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Her latest film The New Black has received widespread support including grants from ITVS, The Sundance Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg and the Jerome Foundation.

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Rose Troche

Rose Troche grew up in the Midwest suburbs, part of a large Puerto Rican family. After making short films and videos, she made her feature debut with the groundbreaking lesbian love story, go fish, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.

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Geo Wyeth

Geo Wyeth is an artist and musician living and working out of New York City.  Recent practices expand on narrative and popular music performance through experimentation with formal and conceptual ideas of repetition, interruption, amateurism and emotional representation, often with handmade props and sets.

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2012-2013 Mentors

Moe Angelos / Geoffrey Chadsey / Angela Dufresne / Trajal Harrell / Dan Hurlin Billy Miller / Carlos Motta / Kimberly Reed / Sarah Schulman / Stacy Szymaszek / Rose Troche

Moe Angelos

Moe Angelos

Moe Angelos has written and performed six plays and other stuff with her collaborative theatre ensemble The Five Lesbian Brothers. Moe has also worked with The Builders Association since 1999 and is currently peddling Sontag: Reborn, a theatrical adaptation of the early journals of Susan Sontag.

Moe Angelos will be working with Melissa Li.

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Geoffrey Chadsey

Geoff Chadsey is a drawer (color pencil) with an MFA in photographer from CCA in San Francisco. He has been in New York since 2003. He has had solo shows at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Electric Works Gallery in San Francisco, and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu.

Geoff Chadsey will be working with Kyle Coniglio.

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Angela Dufresne

Angela Dufresne (born 1969) is a painter originally from Connecticut who is based in Brooklyn. Dufresne received a BFA in 1991 from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1998.

Angela Dufresne will be working with Kerry Downey.

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Trajal Harrell

Trajal Harrell is a dancer-choreographer from New York City, USA. His choreographic works have been seen at Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, and PS122 in NYC as well as Art Basel-Miami Beach, and internationally, most recently, at the In Transit Festival 2009 (Berlin), Melkweg (Amsterdam), CNDC Angers, and in Mexico City at PRISMA.

Trajal Harrell will be working with iele paloumpis.

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Dan Hurlin

Dan Hurlin received a 1990 Village Voice Obie award for his solo adaptation of Nathanael West’s A Cool Million, and his suite of puppet pieces Everyday Uses for Sight: Nos. 3 & 7 (2000) earned him a 2001 New York Dance and Performance award (a.k.a. Bessie). His 1992 solo Quintland earned sculptor Donna Dennis a New York Dance and Performance award (a.k.a. Bessie) for visual design, and in 1998, he was nominated for an American Theater Wing Design award for his set design for his music theater piece The Shoulder (music by Dan Moses Schreier).

Dan Hurlin will be working with Michael De Angelis.

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Billy Miller

Billy Miller is an artist-curator-writer-fimmaker-and independent publisher. His artwork has been exhibited internationally at P.S.1/MoMA, John Connelly Presents, Team Gallery, Visionaire Gallery, Andrew Edlin Gallery, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, Dietch Projects, Galerie du Jour, Kunstverein München, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Billy Miller will be working with Thomas Dozol.

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Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, and identities.

Carlos Motta will be working with Camilo Godoy.

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Kimberly Reed

Kimberly Reed’s  first feature-length documentary, Prodigal Sons, has screened at film festivals worldwide, and received the FIPRESCI International Film Critics’ prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. Her work has been featured for four consecutive years at IFP’s Independent Film Week, and she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Kimberly Reed will be working with Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel.

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Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is a native New Yorker. Her novels, nonfiction books, journalism, films and plays reflect people whose points of view and experiences are rarely represented in the mainstream arts.

Sarah Schulman will be working with Ryan Henneberry.

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Stacy Szymaszek

Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009), both published by Litmus Press, as well as numerous chapbooks, including Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Press, 2008), Stacy S.: Autoportraits (OMG, 2008), from Hart Island (Albion Books, 2009) and austerity measures (Fewer & Further Press, 2012).

Stacy Szymaszek will be working with Ricky Maldonado.

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Rose Troche

Rose Troche grew up in the Midwest suburbs, part of a large Puerto Rican family. After making short films and videos, she made her feature debut with the groundbreaking lesbian love story, go fish, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.

Rose Troche will be working with Lauren Wolkstein.

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2011-2012 Mentors

Hilton Als / Justin Vivian Bond / Angela Dufresne / Nicole Eisenman / Louise Fishman / Barbara Hammer / Deborah Kass / Jonathan David Katz / John Kelly / Jennie Livingston / Everett Quinton / Sarah Schulman / Pamela Sneed / Stacy Szymaszek / Matt Wolf 

Hilton Als

Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in October, 1994, and a theatre critic in 2002. He began contributing to the magazine in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town. Hilton Als will be working with Pati Hertling.

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Justin Bond

Recently described as “The greatest cabaret artist of (v’s) generation” by Hilton Als in the New Yorker, singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated performance artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond, is an Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. Justin Vivian Bond will be working with Yve Laris Cohen.

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Angela Dufresne

Angela Dufresne (born 1969) is a painter originally from Connecticut who is based in Brooklyn. Dufresne received a BFA in 1991 from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1998. Angela Dufresne will be working with Jacolby Satterwhite.

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Nicole Eisenman

Nicole Eisenman has been living and working in New York for the last 20 years. She began in New York as a commercial mural painter and had her first show in 1992 at Nicola Tyson’s now infamous project space, Trial Balloon, New York, NY. Nicole Eisenman will be working with Pilar Gallego.

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Louise FishmanLouise Fishman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 14, 1939. She is recognized as one of the best known American abstract painters of her generation. Her painting style at first gave her some trouble in being recognized. Louise Fishman will be working with Guadalupe Rosales.

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Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer is a visual artist working primarily in film and video, installation, photography and performance.  She has made over 80 moving image works in a career that spans 40 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. Barbara Hammer will be working with Xavier Marrades.

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Deborah Kass

Deborah Kass is an artist whose paintings examine the intersection of art history, popular culture and the self. Deborah Kass will be working with Aldrin Valdez.

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Jonathan David Katz

Jonathan David Katz is the former executive coordinator of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University. He is a former chair of the Department of Lesbian and Gay studies at the City College of San Francisco, and was the first tenured faculty in gay and lesbian studies in the United States. Jonathan Katz will be working with Darren Jones.

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John Kelly

John Kelly is an experimental theater artist who, as author, choreographer, director, visual artist, and performer, creates solo and ensemble mixed media performance works. John Kelly will be working with Harrison Rivers.

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Jennie Livingston

Jennie Livingston describes her 35mm dramatic short Who’s the Top? (2005) as “Woody Allen’s younger dyke sister goes to the s/m dungeon…with musical numbers.” Jennie Livingston will be working with Edward McDonald.

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Everett Quinton

Everett Quinton was a member of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company and served as its Artistic Director from 1987-1997. He has appeared in Charles Ludlam’s Medea, The Secret Lives of the Sexists, Salammbo, Galas, The Artificial Jungle and the original production of The Mystery of Irma Vep (Obie and Drama Desk Award). Everett Quinton will be working with Justin Sayre.

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Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is a native New Yorker. Her novels, nonfiction books, journalism, films and plays reflect people whose points of view and experiences are rarely represented in the mainstream arts. Sarah Schulman will be working with Saeed Jones.

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Pamela Sneed

A New York based poet, performer, writer and actress, whose work has been featured in the New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerThe SourceTime OutBombNextMetroSourceBlueVIBEHX, and on the cover of New York Magazine. Pamela Sneed will be working with Tommy Pico.

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Stacy Szymaszek

Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She lives in New York City, where she is the Artistic Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, where she also curates their hallmark Wednesday Night Reading Series. Stacy Szymaszek will be working with Jess Barbagallo.
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Matt Wolf
Matt Wolf is the director of “Wild Combination,” the acclaimed documentary about the queer avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell. Matt Wolf will be working with Hima B.

 

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