Tisch Residencies and Guest Artists 2014-2016

What new questions, ideas, and conversations begin to take shape when we invite artists, scholars, and practitioners like these into our midst?


While each residency is different in focus, all are:

  1. Designed to reach across a range of departments and disciplines – and even across the University
  2. Organized around research and research-related activity (which includes teaching)
  3. Aligned with the goals of the Research Initiative


Fall 2016 Scholar-in-Residence

  • Linda Williams

    Tisch School of the Arts is pleased to welcome Fall 2016 Visiting Faculty member Linda Williams as the first ever Tisch Scholar-in-Residence. In addition to teaching a graduate course on melodrama, Professor Williams will participate in a number of course visits and special events across the school, including organizing a discussion on the timely topic of trigger warnings and safe spaces in higher education. Linda Williams is Emeritus Faculty at the Univerisity of California, Berkeley in the Department of Film and Media where she teaches courses on popular moving-image genres (pornography, melodrama, and “body genres” of all sorts). She has also taught courses on Oscar Micheaux and Spike Lee, Luis Bunuel and Pedro Almodovar, film theory, selected “sex genres,” and The Wire. Her books include Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible/ (second edition 1999), Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White, from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson (2001, Princeton). She has edited a collection of essays on pornography, Porn Studies (Duke, 2004). Her most recent books are Screening Sex (Duke, 2008), a history of the revelation and concealment of sex at the movies and On The Wire (Duke 2014).

2015-2016 Residencies

  • Benny Sato Ambush

    Stage Director and Educator

    Benny Sato Ambush is a veteran SDC stage director, institutional theatre leader, educator, published commentator and consultant. Currently, he is Senior Distinguished Producer-In-Residence of Emerson Stage, the Emerson College Department of Performing Arts producing organization in Boston, where he is also on the acting and directing faculty. Mr. Ambush has been Artistic Director of three theaters, two of them professional: the LORT C TheatreVirginia (Richmond, VA) and the SPT Oakland Ensemble Theatre (Oakland, CA). He is one of only fourteen people-of-color to have ever been an Artistic Director of a LORT theatre. Read More
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  • Kristoffer Diaz

    Playwright and Educator

    Kristoffer Diaz is a New Dramatists resident playwright, speaker, and educator living and working in Brooklyn. His play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and has gone on to more than twenty-five productions nationwide. Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program. He teaches playwriting at New York University. Read More

2014-2015 Residencies

  • Monica Bill Barnes

    Monica Bill Barnes

    Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company Productions, a NYC-based contemporary dance company. Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company creates full-length shows that tour the country’s biggest stages and tiniest rooms, bringing dance where it doesn’t belong.

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  • Tim Carroll

    Tim Carroll

    Tim Carroll is an award-winning opera and theatre director whose work has been seen and acclaimed all over the world. Last year, his productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III broke box-office records on Broadway and received several awards, including two Tonys. Carroll himself was nominated for a Best Director Tony, and won both the Drama Desk Award and the Critics’ Circle awards for Best Director.

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  • Ain Gordon

    Ain Gordon

    Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie winning writer/director/actor, two-time NYFA recipient and Guggenheim Fellow. His work has been seen at Soho Rep., The Public, BAM Next Wave, NYTW, 651, DTW, PS122, BAC, HERE, etc (all NY); Mark Taper Forum (CA), George Street (NJ), Krannert (IL), MASS MoCA, DiverseWorks (TX), Flynn, VPL (VT), Painted Bride (PA), etc. Collaborations: with Sō Percussion at the Walker (MN), BAM, R2R (NY), Philadelphia Fringe, etc; with Emily Johnson at Northrop (MN), On The Boards (WA), etc; with Bebe Miller at Wexner (OH), Bates (ME) etc; with David Gordon at ART (MA), ACT (CA) AMTF (PA).

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  • Peter Terezakis

    As an artist in residence at New York University (NYU), Peter Terezakis is committed to sharing his awe, curiosity, and love for art, nature, and science with future generations of artists. His most recent work is Green World, a course offered through the Art and Public Policy (APP) graduate program, within Tisch School of the Arts. Intended for APP graduate students it is also open to sophomores, juniors, seniors across NYU. Green World combines concepts in advertising, art, philosophy, science, and politics­ with speaker presentations empowering artists to create work which will change our world.

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Guest Artists

Guest Artist appointments are another way we enrich the conversation at Tisch and expand opportunities for students, faculty and staff. These artists are invited to Tisch for shorter, more focused experiences – to teach a workshop or limited series of classes, for example, or to work on a special project. Like our residencies, no two Guest Artist appointments are exactly alike. We welcome from the Tisch community nominations of artists, and other kinds of investigators, who might join us to share new ideas and catalyze new conversations.

2015-2016 Guest Artists

  • Citizen: An American Lyric (Claudia Rankine)

    Claudia Rankine

    Author and Poet

    In partnership with the Department of Art & Public Policy, and the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, we are delighted to welcome award-winning poet, Claudia Rankine, as a Guest Artist in 2015.

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2014-2015 Guest Artists

  • Carmen De lavallade


    Carmen de Lavallade has had an unparalleled career in dance, theater, film and television beginning in her hometown of Los Angeles performing with the Lester Horton Dance Theater.

  • Liz Lerman

    Choreographer, Writer, and Educator

    Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and led it until 2011. Read More

    Photo by Lise Metzler