ANNOUNCING THE 2020 NAKED STAGES FELLOWS
Pillsbury House Theatre is excited to announce the recipients of the 2020 Naked Stages Fellowship: Alia Jeraj, C. Michael Menge & Atlese Robinson. Naked Stages is a 7-month development program that provides time, financial support, and mentoring to three early career performance artists as they create an original piece of performance art.
NAKED STAGES NEWS
The 2015 Naked Stages fellows are: Marisa R. Carr, Juanda Petris, and Eliza Rasheed. Marisa R. Carr is a composer, playwright, and activist who was named “Best New Political Playwright” by Lavender Magazine earlier this year. She will create a performance piece inspired by her police officer father. Junauda Petris is a dancer, writer, and aerial artist who will be installing ritualistic and artistic spaces around the building, outside of the theatre. Finally, Eliza Rasheed is an actor, dancer, playwright, and director who will use her lens as an Asian multiracial woman to guide her work.
The 2013 Naked Stages artists are Emily Zimmer, Moheb Soliman, and Zainab Musa. Zainab has worked internationally as an actor as well as with local companies like Mixed Blood and Sandbox Theatre. Moheb is a poet and interdisciplinary artist new to Minnesota by way of Montreal and Egypt. Emily Zimmer is a regular performer on the Open Eye Figure Theatre stage as well as with Frank Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company. Read more…
About Naked Stages
WHAT IS NAKED STAGES?
Pillsbury House Theatre, with support from the Jerome Foundation, seeks to provide a mentorship opportunity for early career performance artists in the Minnesota.
A creative opportunity unlike any other in the Minnesota, Naked Stages is the culmination of a 7 month fellowship that provides three early career performance artists with the time, resources, and mentorship they need to bring their distinctive visions to life on stage. In addition to regular feedback sessions, the artists participate in workshops with local creators, as well as more intensive workshops with nationally-renowned artists. Once a month, they also participate in production meetings focused on the business side of art, from audience development to technical support, helping to develop their unique voice into a sustainable, artistic career.
Naked Stages performances are the final step of a multi-layered program designed for artists to be their most bold and creative selves.
What is Performance Art?
Below is a summary adapted from the essay “Fluid Landscapes,” by Lois Keidan and Daniel Brine.
“Performance Art is not a singular form of art, but an umbrella term for work that pushes the boundaries of diverse disciplines. Disrupting borders, breaking rules, defying traditions, resisting definition, asking questions and activating audiences, Performance Art is a research engine where the limits of art and ideas are tested and new possibilities imagined.”
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All 2010 Naked Stages artist photos by Craig VanDerSchaegen. 2009 and 2011 photos by Ann Marsden.