Meet Our Current Artists-In-Residence

"When people dig into a work of art, they no longer have to ask about its value because they know it." --Eric Booth, Arts Educator & Author

University Settlement Artists-in-Residence are selected because of the quality of their work and the open, welcoming nature of their process. These artists believe that creativity is a skill set that can be shared and learned. They have also demonstrated a commitment to restoring the notion that everybody has an artistic birthright to reclaim and, in doing so, quality of life can be improved.

Our 2015-2016 Artists-In-Residence

Eric F. Avery
Katherine Brook + Liza Birkenmeier / TELE-VIOLET
LaMont Hamilton and André M. Zachery
Sydnie L. Mosley
Normandy Sherwood
Mei Ann Teo with Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo / Dim Sum Warriors
Chris Tyler

Check out our full calendar of performances online now!

 

Eric F. avery


Eric F. Avery is a live artist who specializes in the creation of new performance works and interactive visual mediums. He splits his time between New York City and Minneapolis. Upcoming projects include a commission from Pillsbury House + Theatre to create a project in their lobby as well as an Artist on the Verge Fellowship to create a new project to premiere at the Soap Factory in 2016.

Performance Project:
The Fabled Life and Imaginary Death of Eric F. Avery is a site-specific theater piece that uses Avery's unique brand of interactive performance making. 

Avery will create an episodic event that sends audiences on a journey through a fictionalized account of his life and death. From celebrating his birth, to dancing at his wedding, to witnessing his funeral, audiences will experience and share in the rituals, milestones, and moments that connect us all.

Community Connection:
Eric F. Avery will create a site-specific piece at one of University Settlement's community centers.

He will spend time observing the programs, participants/staff, and will invite the group(s) to participate in his initial performance experiment. In addition, he will provide workshops in improvisation, comedy, and clowning.

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Katherine Brook + Liza Birkenmeier / TELE-VIOLET


TELE-VIOLET is a theatre company led by director Katherine Brook that uses dramatic texts as well as real-world content to experiment with acting and dramatic form. TELE-VIOLET is invested in collaboration and always seeking new approaches to theatre-making. Recent work includes The Power of Emotion (Under the Radar Incoming!) and Pink Melon Joy (Brave New World Rep). Tragedy in Spades will be the second TELE-VIOLET collaboration with playwright Liza Birkenmeier, following American Realism in 2011. 

Performance Project:
Tragedy in Spades: A Crime Documentary is the stage reenactment of a fictional documentary of the same title about the discovery of a teenage girl's brutal murder in a small town twenty years ago.  

Performed by twenty actors from University Settlement and TELE-VIOLET, this process and performance of live reenactment aims to examine how we shape our community identities and how we talk about crime in America today.

Community Connection:
Katherine Brook and Liza Birkenmeier will cast University Settlement community artists as members of the fictional community of Flier's Thumb, Missouri.

By casting settlement house artists, they hope to enhance the sensibility of community storytelling and create the community in the play itself.

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LaMont Hamilton and André M. Zachery


LaMont Hamilton is an autodidact photo-based artist working in Chicago. His large scale public works have been exhibited widely, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and extensively in Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska. Hamilton is the recipient of several fellowships, awards and residencies, including the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Midwestern Voices and Visions Award, Artist-in-Residence at Duke University and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

André M. Zachery is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates performances and media art. He earned a BFA from the Ailey/Fordham program in 2005, and his MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College in 2014. His work through Renegade Performance Group has been presented domestically and internationally.

Performance Project:
Five on the Black Hand Side/Dapline! is a performance, visual art installation, and public engagement project exploring the origins and practices of dapping, the intricate handshakes that serve as greetings, usually between black men.  

Together, photographer LaMont Hamilton and André M. Zachery of Renegade Performance will delve into this ritual originally created by black GIs during the Vietnam War. Composed like a musical fugue, crescendoing into complex repetitions, this work will explore the inter-generational history of the dap, as well as the ever-relevant issue of Blackness relating to masculinity, image, and existence in the United States.

Community Connection:
LaMont Hamilton and André M. Zachery will work with young men of color, using dance, writing, video and photography to discuss issues of existence, racism, and perception.

By offering the media and technology skills needed to creatively document one's narrative, they hope to empower youth to find new paths of sustainability for themselves and their community.

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Sydnie L. Mosley


Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist, independent scholar, and educator interested in work that is both artistically sound and socially aware. Her contemporary dance company Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) seeks to involve audiences in the artistic process, provoke a visceral reaction to the physicality on stage, and incite conversation. Mosley's work reflects real life experiences with a particular interest in black culture and women. Through dimensional compositions, character development and specific, textured movement, choreographed works appeal to a sense of humanity.

Performance Project:
How can dancers get paid a living wage for meaningful work? 

Body Business is an interactive performance exploring, expanding and re-envisioning the economic practices of the dance world. Body Business moves audiences into an experience of a cooperative economy.

Community Connection:
SLM Dances will offer University Settlement's dance community a series of movement workshops that illuminate art career trajectories.

SLM Dances will also co-create a marketplace installation with University Settlement programs so the audiences for Body Business can gain deeper insight into the role community-based organizations play in the lives of artists.

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Normandy Sherwood


Normandy Sherwood's plays have been presented at The New Ohio Theater, The Kitchen, Dixon Place and more. She co-directs two theater companies: The Drunkard's Wife and the OBIE-award-winning National Theater of the United States of America. She has designed costumes for plays by Mac Wellman, Young Jean Lee, and Faye Driscoll. She co-curates Little Theatre @ Dixon Place and she teaches writing at New York University.  

Performance Project:
Gentleman's Choice is a play about two prickly, impossible nerds who inhabit a large house in a Jane Eyre-ish country of moors, secrets and dog races. 

Forced to play roles they don't like or fully understand - those of Master and Governess - the two must overcome their prickliness if they want to figure out how to escape the prison of being protagonists.

Community Connection:
The full world of the play Gentleman's Choice will come alive with the support of University Settlement's community artists, who will have the opportunity to join the cast.

Creative collaborations will range from performing, to creative writing workshops, to the creation of a lobby exhibition displaying materials (writing, artwork, objects) that tell the "back stories" of the minor characters. This will culminate in a "secret cabaret" after the formal show, where the minor characters take center stage.

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Mei Ann Teo with Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo / Dim sum warriors


The Dim Sum Warriors Troupe is led by director Mei Ann Teo, whose work has been staged across the US, Europe and Asia. It also is led by playwrights Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, international award-winning filmmakers who are the husband-and-wife authors of the Dim Sum Warriors graphic novel. 

Performance Project:
Dim Sum Warriors is a raucous stage musical based on the critically-acclaimed children's graphic novel series and bilingual iPad app about three young dumplings who have to battle an evil pot of instant noodles! 

Community Connection:
The Dim Sum Warriors will engage family audiences in a post-show a workshop entitled MAKE AND STAGE YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK!

Participants will create their OWN comic books and then transform this two-dimensional art into three dimensions on our stage.

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Chris Tyler


Chris Tyler is an artist, actor, and (occasional) drag queen examining the intersections of popular culture and contemporary identity. A graduate of Brown University, he has shown original performance at Under the Radar, Prelude, La MaMa's Squirts, Dixon Place's HOT! Festival, and gay bars all over Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter at NOTCHRISTYLER.

Performance Project:
[525,600] is a manic, meta-theatrical meditation on Jonathan Larson's RENT interrogating the psychic ramifications of AIDS and gentrification in New York City.

Community Connection:
In order to uncover the intersections between RENT's content and the current lived experiences of young artists in a rapidly-gentrifying Lower East Side, Chris Tyler will co-create and perform new material with young artists from our University Settlement and Door community.

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