Visiting Artists

During each residency period at Wesleyan University, ICPP invites one or several artists-in-residence to campus. Emerging or mid-to-late career artists, faculty artists or industry professionals propose performances, talks, and movement workshops, offering rich opportunities for students to learn and exchange in and out of the classroom.

2018-2019 Visiting Artists


Sarah Wilbur

Sarah Wilbur is a choreographer, performer, dance educator, and researcher working at the intersections of dance and performance studies. Having recently completed a two year appointment as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in dance studies at Brown University in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (2016-2018), she now serves as an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance in the Dance Program at Duke University. As a cross-sector dance artist, she has spent the past two decades working across non-profit arts production contexts including: concert dance, musical theater, opera, experimental performance, K-12 education, social service, health care, and most recently, Veteran’s Affairs.

She returned to academia to study the institutional politics and infrastructural inheritances of US dance artists and organizers. She holds terminal degrees in dance practice (M.F.A., dance) and research (Ph.D., culture and performance studies) from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. At Duke, she will teach arts and humanities courses that introduce graduate and undergraduate students to dance as a research topic, method, and resource for broader humanistic inquiries into bodies and power.

Becca Blackwell

Becca Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun "they," Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller's Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Erin Markey, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D'Amour. Film/TV includes Shameless, Deadmans Barstool, Jack in the Box. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award. They will be in Madeleine George's Hurricane Diane at NYTW Spring 2019, directed by Leigh Silverman.

Brendan Fernandes

Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005) and his BFA from York University in Canada (2002). Fernandes has exhibited widely domestically and abroad, including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal; The National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Sculpture Centre, New York; The Quebec City Biennial; and the Third Guangzhou Triennial in China. He is currently Artist in Residence and Faculty at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice.

Previous artists in residence and guest lecturers include:

Kyle Abraham

Souleymane “Solo” Badolo

Brian Brooks

DD Dorvillier 

Faye Driscoll

Rinde Eckert

Andrew Hamingson

Cynthia Hopkins

Ishmael Houston-Jones

Darrell Jones

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Katja Kolcio

Claudia La Rocco

Ralph Lemon

Liz Lerman

Rachel Ellis Neyra

Okwui Okpokwasili

Eiko Otake

Kaneza Schaal

Gina Athena Ulysse

Reggie Wilson

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar



Image above: Eiko & Koma, from 2009 Retrospective Project in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University (photo by George Ruhe)