Announcing the 2018 Naked Stages Fellows!

Pillsbury House Theatre is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Naked Stages Fellowship:  A.P. Looze, Anat Shinar & Chitra Vairavan.

Naked Stages is a 7-month development program that provides time, financial support, and mentoring to three emerging artists as they create an original piece of performance art.

The 2018 Naked Stages Program Mentor will be Sharon Bridgforth. The 2018 Fellows were chosen by a panel of artists comprised of past Naked Stages recipients and other professional artists, including Carlyle Brown, Junauda Petrus, and Siddeeqah Shabazz.

About the 2018 Naked Stages Fellows:


Project: Some moms were there for us, some of them weren’t. What do you do when she wasn’t there for you? Mom Material is a performative odyssey that delves into the depths of relationship to “mother”: from our own moms, to Mother Earth, to the moms we find along the way. Inspired by the psychological, the spiritual, Looze’s own mom and the moon, this project is a heartache-driven tribute and lament to all things mom.

Bio: A.P. Looze seeks the truth and goes on heartfelt and honest adventures to find it. Their work touches on concepts of spirituality by way of personal narrative and investigation and inquiry of past experience. They are most inspired by objects, nature, pop culture, and science

to share stories that create vessels and spaciousness for the self to heal and flourish. Their solo performances have appeared as a part of Pleasure Rebel, Queertopia, through 20% Theatre Company, and The Guthrie.


Project: How do we assign value to a task? In her new piece, Kitchen/Window, Anat Shinar deconstructs a cooking show to examine how the messaging of improving housework is used to distract women from systemic social exclusion.

Bio: Anat Shinar is a Minneapolis-based contemporary performance artist, writer, and educator, and a member of Fresh Oysters Performance Research collective. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Visual Arts, and completed her Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Leadership, also at the UMN. Her work has been presented at the Red Eye Theater, Southern Theater, The Soap Factory, SooVAC, Bryant-Lake Bowl, and Ritz Theater.


Project: Vairavan will explore her contemporary Indian dance aesthetic in a site-specific performance titled cloth and body. For over a decade she has trained and been energized by studying yoga, as it informs her work as a dance artist. However, when Vairavan first experimented with cloth puppetry a year ago, she shifted how she saw herself as a brown dancing body. Her work will investigate that shift through body and cloth in a site-specific performance.

Bio: Chitra Vairavan is a contemporary Indian dancer and choreographer of Tamil (South Indian)-American descent. Vairavan is immersed in both Tamil culture and progressive brown politics in the U.S. She dances to heal and creates to help heal others. Vairavan is a founding member of Ananya Dance Theatre and a dance collaborator with Aniccha Arts. She received the 2016 McKnight Dance Fellowship. Dance Magazine named her “25 to Watch” in 2017.

About Naked Stages:

This year, 2017 Guggenheim Fellow Pramila Vasudevan begins her third year as Director of Naked Stages. A creative opportunity unlike any other in Minnesota, Naked Stages is a 7-month development program that provides time, financial support, and mentoring to three emerging artists as they develop their unique voices as performance artists and creators.  Twice a month, they also participate in workshops focused on the business side of art, from audience development to technical support, helping to develop their unique voice into a sustainable, artistic career.

The performances of the 2018 Naked Stages naked stages artists will be January 17 – 26, 2019. All tickets are Pick-Your-Price. (Regular price = $15).

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