Curatorial Community

During each residency period at Wesleyan University, ICPP invites one or several artists-in-residence to campus. Across performances, talks, and movement workshops, emerging or mid-to-late career artists and industry professionals offer rich opportunities for students to learn and exchange in and out of the classroom. ICPP students also get opportunities to work with a range of advisors on off-site practicums and independent projects tailored around their professional needs and research interests. These advisors include artists, curators, cultural leaders, dramaturges, and scholars. The program is designed to develop a robust network of cultural agents who are invested in advanced, innovative curatorial practices with performance.

2018-2019 Visiting Artists and Curators


600 HIGHWAYMEN is theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone. Since 2009, the duo’s 8 original works have been seen at The Public Theater, Abrons Arts Center, The Invisible Dog, American Repertory Theater, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, On The Boards, Walker Arts Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Torn Space Theater; and Internationally, at Centre Pompidou and Parc de la Villette (France), Festival Theaterformen (Germany), Noorderzon Festival (The Netherlands), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), In BetweenTime International Festival (UK), OzAsia Festival (Australia), Salzburg Festival (Austria), and The Arts Center at Abu Dhabi (UAE). In addition to an Obie Award in 2014 and Zurich’s ZKB Patronage Prize in 2015, Browde and Silverstone were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2016.

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, guest lecturers, hosts, and advisors include:

Kyle Abraham
Souleymane “Solo” Badolo
Philip Bither
Brian Brooks
Doryun Chong
Sara Coffey
DD Dorvillier 
Faye Driscoll
Rinde Eckert
Kristy Edmunds
Cathy Edwards
Susan Farr
Victoria Frey
Andrew Hamingson
Cynthia Hopkins
Ishmael Houston-Jones
Judy Hussie-Taylor
Darrell Jones
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Nunally Kersh
John Killacky
Katja Kolcio
Claudia La Rocco
Thomas Lax
Mary Luft
Ralph Lemon
Liz Lerman
Angela Mattox
Stanford Makishi
Rachel Ellis Neyra
Okwui Okpokwasili
Eiko Otake
Georgiana Pickett
Will Rawls
Alisa Regas
Mark Russell
Ralph Samuelson
Kaneza Schaal
Yoko Shioya
Andrew Simonet
Peter Taub
Julie Tolentino
Gina Athena Ulysse
Laurie Uprichard
Sixto Wagan
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)