Sophia Nahli Allison Documentary Filmmaker Southwest Airlines Awardee
Sophia Nahli Allison is an experimental documentary filmmaker. She disrupts conventional documentary methods by reimagining the archives and excavating hidden truths. She conjures ancestral memories to explore the intersection of fiction and non-fiction storytelling.
She is currently completing the documentary ...
Brandi Berry Benson Instrumentalist Gertrude E. Grisham Awardee
Violinist/Fiddler, Brandi Berry Benson, whose "four-string acrobatics" and "indispensable skill" (TimeOut Chicago) have been praised as "alert [and] outstanding" (Chicago Classical Review), has also been noted for her "riffs…powered by a flashing blur of bow arm, [as they] rolled ...
Irina Botea Bucan Film/Performance/Installation Artist Chandler Family Awardee
Over the past ten years Irina Botea Bucan has been engaged in an art practice that uses multiple media to inspect socio-political dynamics and the possibility of transformation. Currently, her focus is on the de centralization of cultural discourses and ...
Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi Circus Choreographer
Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi is a second-generation circus acrobat who grew up performing with various circuses across the country. Highlights of her performing career include touring with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and competing in the Circus World Championships ...
Darrell Jones Dancer Denise and Gary Gardner Awardee
Darrell Jones has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of choreographers and companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka, and Ralph Lemon.
Along with performing, Darrell is a choreographer and ...
Carlos Mejia Instrumentalist
Carlos Mejía is a master musician, a mentor of young musicians, and a cultural activist specializing in Mayan culture, the Guatemalan marimba, and other instruments. He was born in the Maya K’iche’ (or Quiché) community of Guatemala.
At the age ...
Erica Mott Choreographer McCormick Family Foundation Awardee
Erica Mott is a former researcher and international development worker turned actor, choreographer, and director. As a performance maker and cultural organizer, she utilizes body based forms (movement/song/realtime action with objects) in immersive environments and extensive cross-disciplinary collaborations ...
Samuel G. Roberson Jr. Theater Artist Siragusa Foundation Awardee
In memoriam (December 17, 1982 - May 21, 2017):
Upon graduating from Howard University, Samuel G. Roberson Jr. took a leap of faith and accepted an apprenticeship at The Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis, where he spent the next three years defining ...
Calamity West Playwright Merrill Lynch Awardee
Calamity is a Chicago-based, award-winning, Kilroys-cited playwright. In 2018 Calamity had two world-premieres including IN THE CANYON at Jackalope Theatre Company and HINTER at Steep Theatre Company. In January 2018 her play ENGINES AND INSTRUMENTS OF FLIGHT: A FANTASIA IN ...
Amanda Williams Painting/Installation/Photography Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee
Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect at Cornell University. Amanda’s practice blurs the distinction between art and architecture. Her projects use color as a lens to highlight the complexities of the politics of race, place ...