THE PERFORMANCE PROJECT FELLOWSHIP

Our Emerging Artist Fellows

For more information on this program and The Performance Project @ University Settlement, please email arts@universitysettlement.org.

The Performance Project @ University Settlement Fellowship is a year-long creative career mentorship program. It is specifically designed for local, early emerging artists/cultural organizers (between the ages of 18-26) who want the intensive support needed to build a sustainable career in the creative sector. Sustained mentorship will support Fellows as they develop skills in multiple and interdisciplinary performing arts like spoken word, music and dance, and theater. The Fellows will produce work and curate a community arts festival developed and produced by the Fellows. The year will culminate with each fellow developing a package of materials to support moving their projects and career forward. 

“The Performance Project Fellowship provided me with a platform, circle of supporters and physical space among other resources to more thoroughly explore my own artistic ideas and endeavors… If what you’re looking for is a springboard to develop yourself and your own blossoming artistic vision, I highly recommend applying to the Fellowship.” -Aliyah Hakim (2016-2017 Fellow) 

The Performance Project @ University Settlement Fellowship will provide professional arts development to emerging artists as they learn to create socially conscious artistic productions. Sustained mentorship will support Fellows as they develop skills in multiple and interdisciplinary performing arts like spoken word, music and dance, and theater. The program will culminate with a community arts festival developed and produced by the Fellows.

Learn more about our current Fellows cohort below.

Fellows will receive:

Fellows commit to:

Meet our current Fellows

The Performance Project Fellowship is a year-long creative career mentorship program. It is specifically designed for local, early emerging artists/cultural organizers (between the ages of 18-26) who want the intensive support needed to build a sustainable career in the creative sector.

YUEXING (STAR) SUN

Yuexing (Star) Sun (she/her) is a performance maker shifting between director, deviser, and performer. Her works center individual narratives as they confront larger social frameworks swayed by history, identity, and politics...

RITA LIU

Rita Liu (she/her) is a Taiwanese movement artist, story listener, and feeling supporter. She enjoys making warm and soft theatrical experiences that play with the juxtaposition between movements, interviews, and text-based soundscapes...

ANKITA SHARMA

Ankita (they/them) is a bold emerging artist interested in creating genre-resistant performance that holds meaning for diverse audiences. They invest in mining shades of darkness with visceral, immersive work...

DAVID LEE SIERRA

David Lee Sierra (she/her) is an artist and writer. Based in New York, she practices and researches performance and production in many contexts. She performs, produces, directs, and manages theater, music, and dance...

GABRIEL TORRES

Gabriel Torres (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist from Colombia and New York. Gabriel’s work deals in the conversations between community engagement, creative placemaking, theater making and film...

Audrey Thao Berger

Audrey Thao Berger (she/her/hers) is a choreographer, dance artist, and non-profit administrator. She is interested in exploring how trauma and our ancestral histories are stored in the body...

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x

x (they/themme) is a TRANSdisciplinary artist who works in time-based media, painting, and installation. They are curious about the performativity of self and explore performance...

Headshot of Fellow, Hallie Chametzky

Hallie Chametzky

Hallie Chametzky (she/her) - Hallie Chametzky is a performer, choreographer, writer, and archivist gratefully residing in East Harlem, New York City. Her choreographic work unites movement...

Headshot of Fellow, Jiaoyang Li

Jiaoyang Li

Jiaoyang Li (she/her) is a poet and multimedia artist based in New York City. Graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London and New York University with BA and MFA in Creative Writing....

Headshot of Fellow, Julie J

Julie J

Julie J (she/her/hers) is a New York City based drag queen, writer, and multidisciplinary artist. Julie's created work focuses on cultural insertion, relationships between history...

Headshot of Fellow, Angelica Mondol Viaña

Angelica Mondol Viaña

Angelica Mondol Viaña (she/her/hers) - Born in Puerto Rico but raised in Brooklyn, Angelica Mondol Viaña discovered her passion for dance at age 8. This was possible due to Ballet Tech/NYC ...

Headshot of Fellow, Joan Bradford

Joan Bradford

Joan Bradford (she/her/hers) - is a choreographer, dancer, teaching artist, and arts administrator proudly born, raised, and still residing in The Bronx, NY. Joan earned her BFA...

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