2021 USA Fellowship Artists

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021

The 2021 USA Fellows were recently announced, recognizing 60 artists for their contributions to the field. The fellowship provides each artist with a stipend of $50,000 that allow them to decide how to best support their lives. To date, the Fellowship program has awarded over $33 million to more than 700 artists.

Congratulations to the Tisch alumni selected for this award this year!


Cynthia Oliver '03 (PhD, Performance Studies)

Cynthia Oliver is a dance maker, performer, and scholar reared in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Her work incorporates textures of Caribbean performance with African and American aesthetic sensibilities. She has toured the globe as a featured dancer with the contemporary companies David Gordon/Pick Up Performance Co(s), Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Bebe Miller Company, and Tere O’Connor Dance and as an actor in works by Laurie Carlos, Greg Tate, Ione, Ntozake Shange, and Deke Weaver.


Darius Clark Monroe '10 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film)

Darius Clark Monroe is a writer, producer, and director from Houston living and working in Brooklyn. Monroe is known for a range of works, both documentary and fiction, that delve into the interior spaces of our existence. His films grapple with the innumerable experiences and environments that shape our psyche and behavior, oftentimes investigating fear, vulnerability, spirituality, and media (archival and present-day) through varied visual techniques and instruments.


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