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.
Our 2019-2020 Fellows
Eric Lawrence Taylor is an Actor/ Writer/Director and graduate of Fordham University. Since graduating he has performed at La Mama, Abrons Art Center and University Settlement. His work spans from movement, and spoken word to music and film. He's also the founder of the Anti-Capitalist Black Film Collective and is currently developing his piece "A Case Against Peaceful Protest."
His work consistently explores cultural taboos around Blackness and seeks to uplift its communities into a start of not only self-actualization but transformation. He has collaborated with Afro-centric artists based in South Africa, U.K, and Ecuador in the exploration of this goal. He has also received the fellowship at the Hemispheric Institute and the Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship.
"Community is the most important thing for an artist. There is only a collective genius. We as young artists are starting to realize collectively that success is never for us alone, but for the communities we love. That is why I'm thankful to be in conversation with such talented young artists like me."
Travis Amiel is a multidisciplinary failure artist, dramaturg, and producer passionate about social justice, environmentalism, public transportation, and queerness. His performance art happenings explore an aesthetic he calls das (a ridiculous reach towards contemporary European performance tendencies), in an attempt to overthrow the status quo of the American Theater. He is a graduate of Emerson College and currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
"I'm looking forward to this opportunity to experiment & learn in a community of my contemporaries. To be grounded with this mentorship and purpose at this moment brings me such optimism and gratitude."
Amelia Koper Heintzelman, originally from the Midwest, is a performer and maker based in NYC. She developed a love for movement from her mother. She makes dances because she believes in the power of showing up and creating spaces for inclusivity and dialogue, both verbal and nonverbal, around the human condition. She enjoys creating imaginary realities, musings in play, and is particularly interested in the presentation of her practiced failures. She has been an Artist in Residence at Chashama ChaNorth, Chez Bushwick, and an Associate Artist studying under Deborah Hay at Atlantic Center for the Arts.
"I'm thrilled to be a University Settlement Fellow and anticipate using my time to further research my current inquiries surrounding the body, inherited histories, and empathy.
James Wyrwicz is a writer and director. In the past, James has shown work at Dixon Place, the Brick Theater, the Frigid Festival, and on the streets of Midtown Manhattan. James has worked with The Civilians, Little Lord, Lisa Clair Group, Target Margin Theater, The Drunkard's Wife, and New York City Players.
"In the midst of the practical realities of trying to make and produce my own work, I long for the space to imagine and think critically during my process. I hope to use this fellowship to help create more of that space in my life, and I am so excited to work, learn, and build community with my fellow artists!"
Anh Vo is a choreographer, dancer, theorist, and activist. They create dances and produce texts about (pornographic) sex and (queer) relations, about being and form, about identity and abstraction, about the history and its colonial reality. They earned their degrees in Performance Studies at Brown University (BA) and New York University (MA) and are currently based in Brooklyn.
"I am truly grateful to be chosen as a Performance Project Fellow. I am excited to think, to learn, and to reflect with this beautiful community of makers and organizers, as well as to create for the myriad communities whose support and sacrifices have allowed me to be here."
Eric Carrera is a rising sophomore at New York University and is an aspiring writer, actor, and educator. His love for the arts has been fostered by his work as a teaching intern at The Moth where he has strengthened his belief in the power of storytelling, and why stories matter. Growing up in Southern Brooklyn surrounded by people of different cultures, economic status and political thought he has come to realize that art can be one of the most respectful and powerful ways to exchange ideas and Eric hopes one day to contribute his work/art into these greater conversations.
"We all need a space to grow, and I hope that through this fellowship I will continue to tap into the creative aspects of myself and start finding direction to help build a career, and ultimately a life, that I can be proud of. ¡Adelante!"
Gabriel Ramirez is a Queer Afro-Latinx poet. He is a mentor at Urban Word NYC and has received fellowships from Palm Beach Poetry Festival, The Watering Hole, The Conversation Literary Arts Festival, CantoMundo and Callaloo. You can find his work in various spaces, including Youtube, and in publications like The Volta, Winter Tangerine, Blueshift Journal, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, VINYL, as well as ¡MANTECA!: an Anthology of Afro-Latino Poetry (Arte Público Press 2017) Bettering American Poetry Anthology (Bettering Books 2017) and forthcoming in What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press 2019). He lives in New York City.
"Being selected as a Performance Project Fellow has brought me much needed comfort in knowing that for the next year I will be sharing space with other creatives. Those who are driven and working beside each other to see that the cohort's works are created with care and support. Being an artist can be very lonely and I'm blessed to say that I won't, and hopefully won't have to be again."
Emily Waters is a Brooklyn-based poet, actor, teaching artist and storyteller. As an administrative coordinator and consultant with Girls for Gender Equity they have advised on ways to integrate theater into a curriculum for young survivors and has spoken and shared poetry at events throughout the city and in D.C. after the Kavanaugh hearings. As a Co-Coordinator with Day One's Youth Voices Network Emily has organized art events, performed, and coordinated with young people and organizations centering the voices of survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. With Harriet's Apothecary, Emily has created curriculum and co-created healing spaces at convenings, community spaces, and universities throughout the country. Emily is currently a member of the 2019 cohort of EMERGE fellows with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, a 2019 Peace and Social Change Fellow with Columbia University and is looking forward to being a Performance Project Fellow with the University Settlement for 2019-2020.
"I deeply believe in the transformative power of art and storytelling, I am honored to have been selected as a Performance Project fellow this year and I am excited to expand my own learning and to be in collaboration with other young artists!"
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