Providing support & opportunities to local artists

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The Performance Project @ University Settlement Artists-in-Residence (AIR) are selected for their demonstrated ability to create high-quality work and for their experiential understanding of what it means to create while embedded within the rich complexity of a truly diverse community. Our artists value their process as much as their work and are eager to experiment with their creation process, narrative structures and forms. 

Over the course of this year-long residency, we work with our AIR to nurture both their creative work and their relationships with our artist cohorts, Settlement staff and Settlement participants. Together we collaboratively build the skills and scaffolding needed to support creative risk-taking and authentic relationship-building. 

The residency is open to choreographers, theater artists and interdisciplinary performance artists who will be supported in creating a new work within the context of the University Settlement organization and supporting the voices of the various programs’ participants. 

Check out this video featuring our 2021-22 Artists-in-Residence, and learn more about each member of the cohort below: 


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Meet our current Artists-in-Residence

The Performance Project @ 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.

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Cyrus Aaron

Cyrus Aaron (he/him/his) - Advocate of Voice. Doer of Language. Cyrus Aaron is a creative storyteller examining the human experience through the lens of a Black artist...

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George Tsz-Kwan Lam

George Tsz-Kwan Lam (he/they) - Hong Kong-born composer George Tsz-Kwan Lam (b. 1981) grew up in both Hong Kong and Winthrop, Massachusetts. George Lam is Associate Professor of Music...

Jasmine Eileen Coles

Jasmine Eileen Coles (she/her) - Jasmine Eileen Coles is a performance artist based in New York City. She is a certified Health and Healing Practitioner and Nutritionist with 10 years...

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