2020-2021 Visiting Artists
Prudence Anne Amsden, Dance
Prudence Anne Amsden is an interdisciplinary experimental performance artist. A California native, she has a BA in Art History from Mills College and an MFA in Dance from Temple University. She has been performing professionally for 10 years and working with combining video and visual art into her performance practice for the last 8 years. She has shown her work in San Francisco and Philadelphia. Her work is often either meditative and abstract or aggressively camp and hilarious. She firmly believes in empathy, kindness, and that artists should run the world. For more of her work follow her on Instagram @prudance_pants_.
Amelia Uzategui Bonilla, Dance
Amelia Uzategui Bonilla (she/they) curates transdisciplinary performance curriculum, affirming decolonial and migrant perspectives. In 2020, Amelia managed Somatic Sauce and co-curated the PLATAFORMA festival, both digital projects working towards lifting up the BIPOC communities and their practices through knowledge transmission, digital performance, gatherings, and documentation. They have worked closely with the following artists and institutions: Anna Halprin, Ángeles D1, Ballet de San Marcos, La Catolica University, and el Conjunto Nacional de Folklore, San Francisco's FRESH Festival, ID_Frankfurt, Cunamacué, Luna Dance Institute, NAKA Dance Theater, randy estrellx reyes, the Tamalpa Institute, Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, and Tino Sehgal. Their research is published in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media and Dancers' Group's In Dance Magazine. (photo by David Poertner)
Johari Farrar, Dance
Johari Athena Farrar is a Black poet, actress, singer/songwriter, and the Business and Community Development Specialist at Truthworker Theatre Company, with whom she also performs. Johari began her professional performance career at the age of 14 and since has worked in collaboration with a host of artists, including Enya Kalia Creations. Johari is a Fellow in the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s: Liberation Generation Fellowship, is proficient in project management and youth engagement; and holds a Bachelor of Art in Theatre Arts from Temple University.
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Studio Art
One of the nation’s most acclaimed photographers, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s work depicts the unsettling reality of today’s America: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and environmental toxicity. By featuring voices and perspectives traditionally erased from the American narrative, MacArthur “Genius” Frazier not only captures our cultural blind spots—she teaches us how art is a powerful tool for social transformation. Frazier holds a BFA in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in art photography from Syracuse University. She has studied under the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and was the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow for visual arts at the American Academy in Berlin. She is Associate Professor, Photography, at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has previously held academic and curatorial positions at Yale University School of Art, Rutgers University, and Syracuse University. Visit: http://www.latoyarubyfrazier.com
Samar Haddad King, Dance
SAMAR HADDAD KING (Palestine/New York, NY, USA), Artistic/Founding Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, earned her BFA in choreography at Ailey/Fordham under the tutelage of Kazuko Hirabayashi. Her work has been commissioned throughout the US and Arab World by Hubbard Street 2 (Chicago); Palest’In and Out Festival (Paris); Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival (Ramallah) and others. She was a 2018 Resident Artist at Chaillot – théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), a 2019/20 Resident Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) at NYU, and is a 2021 Toulmin Creator (CBA/National Sawdust). King choreographed the 2019 musical We Live in Cairo, (American Repertory Theater, Boston), and co-authored a chapter on dance in the Arab World for the 2nd edition of Contemporary Choreography (Routledge, January 2018).
Aspen Miller, Drama
Aspen Miller is an independent film producer and first assistant director based out of Los Angeles. He received a BA in Drama from the University of Virginia in 2017 and served as the Miller Arts Scholars President in his final year. While attending UVA, Aspen founded the Virginia Player’s film branch, LabShorts, and produced over twenty short films. For the past two years, he has spent his time producing and assistant directing independent films while working as a Production Assistant on television sets (Earth to Ned, Light as a Feather) and as a Production Coordinator for The Jim Henson Creature Shop. He most recently worked on UVA Drama’s Love and Information as a film mentor and video production manager. Aspen’s first feature film will begin production in Summer 2021.
Kendra J. Ross, Dance
Kendra J. Ross is a proud Detroit native working as a dancer, choreographer, facilitator and community organizer in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. As a dancer in New York City, Kendra has worked with Urban Bush Women, Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks, Ase Dance Theater Collective, Monstah Black/ Motion Sickness, MBDance, Moving Spirits Dance Company, RAKIA!, Melanie Green and as a guest artist with Oyu Oro. Kendra also completed a European tour dancing with Adira Amram and DJ Kid Koala in Vinyl Vaudeville 2.0 and performed with Gyptian at the MTV Iggy awards. Kendra is currently a company member of Movement of the People Dance Company. Kendra’s choreographic work has been presented at the Florida A&M University, the off Broadway show 7 Sins, Museu de Arte in Salvador, Brazil, Detroit Performing Arts High School, Joffrey Summer Intensive, Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Actors Fund Theater and as Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, BAX Space Grantee, and as a Visiting Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts and Bates College. Along with sharing her art world-wide, Kendra serves as the Founder/Director of STooPS, an outdoors-based community building event that uses art as a catalyst to strengthen ties between different entities in Bed-Stuy. www.thekendrajross.com
Helen Simoneau, Dance
Helen Simoneau, a native of Rimouski, Québec, is the artistic director and choreographer of Helen Simoneau Danse. Described as “a Choreographer-on-the-rise” by Dance Magazine, Simoneau creates work that exists at the intersection of intent and impact.
Her commissions include The Juilliard School, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the American Dance Festival, UNC School of the Arts, The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, The Ailey School, the University of the Arts (PA), and the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich.
Simoneau was a resident artist at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYU/Tisch, Bates Dance Festival, New York Dance Lab, The National Choreographic Center in Akron, the University of Buffalo via the Creative Arts Initiative, and has received fellowships from The NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Bogliasco Foundation, and twice from the North Carolina Arts Council.
Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at The Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Dance Place (DC), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Tangente (Montréal), The Aoyama Round Theatre (Tokyo), the L.I.G. Art Hall Busan (South Korea), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (MA), PACT-Zollverein in Essen (Germany), Athens International Dance Festival (Greece), and the Shanghai Dance Festival (China). Simoneau was awarded 1st place for Choreography at the Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany.
She was recently a Fellow at Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab and is the current Choreography Fellow at New York City Center. Visit https://helensimoneau.org/.