Presenting a selection of recent books, films, and other published work by the faculty and visiting speakers of the Hollins Summer MFA Programs in Children's Literature, Dance, Playwriting and Screenwriting.
T.J. Anderson III has an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University. A former Fulbright Scholar at Cairo University, he is the author of Devonte Travels the Sorry Route (Omnidawn Publishing), Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry (University of Arkansas Press), River to Cross (Backwaters Press), the Spoken-Word CD, Blood Octave (Flat Five Recordings), and the chapbook At Last Round Up (lift books). He teaches courses in jazz literature, poetry, and performance, and creative writing at Hollins. Anderson is also the cofounder of the improvisational music duo Trancepoetica.
Jeffery Bullock is director of the M.F.A. program in dance, chair of the dance department and professor of dance at Hollins. B.A., University of North Carolina of the Arts; M.F.A., University of Iowa. Professor Bullock performed with the North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Sharir + Bustamante DanceWorks, touring nationally and internationally. Bullock’s repertoire included soloist and principal roles in an eclectic array of works by George Balanchine, Agnes De Mille, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Daniel Esralow, Nacho Duato, Lucinda Childs, Salvatore Aiello, Yacov Sharir, Glen Tetley, and others. He was also a featured performer in the 1986 Paramount Motion Picture The Nutcracker with PNB, and was a featured performer in the 1983 PBS special Where Dreams Debut: The North Carolina School of the Arts. Bullock’s work “At Midnight” earned him a Dance Magazine‘s Best Choreography nomination at the 1996 American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Published in Journal of Dance Education, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p 99-102.
Rainy Demerson is a contemporary dance artist and scholar invested in intersectional feminism and global decolonial embodiments. In addition to extensive studies in New York City, she trained at L’ecole des Sables in Senegal, Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Escola de Dança da FUNCEB in Brazil, and in collaboration with The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany. She has produced concerts in New York and Senegal and her work has been presented in festivals across the United States. For seven years Dr. Demerson taught Dance and Yoga to youth in underserved public schools before developing an intercultural dance program at MS 267 in Brooklyn. She then went on to teach at Lindenwood University, El Paso Community College, Crafton Hills College, Scripps College, California Polytechnic University Pomona, and California State University San Marcos before joining the University of the West Indies Cave Hill. (PhD Critical Dance Studies, University of California Riverside, 2020;
MFA Dance, Hollins University, 2016; MA Dance Education, New York University, 2012; BA World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California Los Angeles, 2002.
Bill Evans is a performer, teacher, choreographer, lecturer, administrator, movement analyst, writer, adjudicator and consultant. Evans has a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in dance from University of Utah, and is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. In 1975, he founded the Bill Evans Dance Company in Utah; he and the Company moved to Seattle in 1976 and stayed there for seven years. In addition to being a member of the faculty at the University of New Mexico, Evans is artistic director of the Albuquerque Youth dance Troupe. Among his numerous accomplishments, Evans has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and thirty-two other grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and state, regional and provincial arts agencies, and is a full-time visiting professor/guest artist in the Department of Dance at the State University of New York College at Brockport. As a choreographer, Evans can be characterized as having a keen eye for the details of body language that betray human frailty and absurdity, combined with an ability to communicate and entertain with humor.
Published in TD&T: Theatre Design & Technology, Vol. 53 Issue 4, p8-25.
Eliot Gray Fisher is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of performance and technology. He has composed music and designed sound for short and feature film, as well as theater and dance, created documentary and animated shorts, built interactive installations, and written and directed several theatrical productions. One of the directors and core collaborators of interdisciplinary performance group ARCOS, he has presented work and won awards at festivals including Currents International New Media Festival, Online Performance Art Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe, created commissions at interdisciplinary symposia at Connecticut College’s Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology and Texas State University, served as a guest artist at institutions such as Colorado College and University of Texas at Austin, published peer-reviewed writing in Theatre Design and Technology journal, participated in residencies including Ucross Foundation and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and received grants from public and private sources including the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.
Published in Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society,
Vol. 27, Pg. 82-95.
Eli completed her Ph.D. in Virginia Tech’s ASPECT program (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) in 2015 with concentrations in social and political thought and earned the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) Graduate Certificate. Previously, she earned her M.B.A. at Vanderbilt University with dual concentrations in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. Eli has over twenty years of experience across public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations in the fields of leadership and organizational development working in internal and external consulting roles. Currently, she is a member of the Roanoke City School Board.
Her research focus has centered on questions at the intersection of corporate social responsibility, power networks, and their potential for impacting social justice outcomes for marginalized communities. Eli also has applied research activity in areas of leadership and feminist pedagogy. She has presented her research internationally, and her work has been published in SPECTRA: The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives, and in Proceedings of the 2017 International Association for Business in Society.
Pauline Kaldas is professor of English and creative writing at Hollins. She is the author of Looking Both Ways, a collection of essays; The Time Between Places, a collection of short stories; Letters from Cairo, a travel memoir; and Egyptian Compass, a collection of poetry. She also coedited Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction. She was awarded a fellowship in fiction from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Silver Award for Dinarzad’s Children from ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, and the RAWI Creative Prose Award. Her teaching interests include immigrant literature, Arab women writers, multicultural literature, and creative writing. Kaldas was born in Egypt and immigrated with her parents to the United States at the age of eight in 1969.
Published in Dance Teacher, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p 34.
Alex Ketley is an independent choreographer, filmmaker, and the director of The Foundry. For his independent work as a choreographer he has been commissioned throughout the United States, as well as projects in Germany and Italy, and has received acknowledgement from the Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition, the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur, the Choo-San Goh Award, the Princess Grace Award for Choreography, four Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies, the Gerbode-Hewlett Choreographer Award, the Eben Demarest Award, the National Choreographic Initiative Residency, a Kenneth Rainin Foundation New and Experimental Works Grant, three CHIME Fellowships, a Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation Grant, the Artistry Award from the Superfest International Disability Film Festival, and his work was featured on national television through an invitation from the show So You Think You Can Dance. His pieces and collaborations have also been awarded Isadora Duncan Awards. As an educator he has taught throughout the world and is currently a Lecturer at Stanford University’s Theater and Performance Studies Department. He was the founding Resident Choreographer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance for fourteen years until its closure in 2018. In 2020 he became a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation.
Published in Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p 20-31.
Christian Matheis, Ph.D. in Ethical and Political Thought and M.A. in Applied Ethics, is visiting assistant professor of Justice and Policy Studies at Guilford College. Before this he directed the Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives in the Graduate School at Virginia Tech. He specializes in scholarship and practice that bridge social and political philosophy, public policy, and direct-action/community organizing. In particular, his work emphasizes how the philosophy of liberation and liberatory movements can play a key role in addressing contemporary ethical and political problems. His teaching and research concentrations include topics such as solidarity, refugees, feminism, race, indigeneity, power and policy, and global justice. In addition to his regular teaching and research, Dr. Matheis provides over 20 years of experience training in areas of human relations facilitation, intergroup dialogue, grassroots direct-action organizing, and on other topics.
Are you entertained? : Black popular culture in the twenty-first century by Duke University Press, p 237-251.
Takiyah Nur Amin (Ph.D., Temple University) is a dance scholar, educator and consultant. Her research focuses on 20th century American concert dance, African diaspora dance performance/aesthetics and pedagogical issues in dance studies. Her research has appeared in several academic journals including The Black Scholar, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research Journal, the Western Journal of Black Studies and the Journal of Pan-African Studies.
Her book chapters have been published or are forthcoming in the edited volumes Jazz Dance: A History of Its Roots and Branches, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, Rethinking Dance History and Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century (Duke University Press, 2019.) She is a twice-elected board member of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD,) co-founder of CORD's Diversity Working Group, a founding member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) and a host on the New Book Network's Dance Channel. An "interdisciplinary humanist," Dr. Amin teaches courses in dance history, Black aesthetics and the sociocultural role of dance in human society.
Published in Dance Magazine, Vol. 95 Issue 3, p 16.
As a choreographer, Tariq Darrell O'Meally has presented his work at the John F. Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, By The People Festival, The Clarice Smith 34th & 35th Annual Choreographer's Showcase, Mid-Atlantic North Gala at the American College Dance Association and Richmond Dance Festival. He is the Artistic Director of Tariq Darrell+the UNUM Dance Collective, a DMV based collection of dance artists seeking to create doorways and windows leading to the seen and unseen; lived and living experiences of African Americans.
As an educator O'Meally has taught at the CityDance School & Conservatory, Dance Institute of Washington, Hollins University, Coppin State University, and Morgan State University, in addition to presenting as a guest lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum, and the French Embassy. O'Meally is the Founder/Director of the Dimensions Contemporary Dance Festival, which is a platform to promote, amplify, and spread the various eclectic voices of DMV contemporary dance artists of color.
O’Meally has been chosen as a 2019 Art Omi Resident Artist, as well as a 2018-2019 Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow. He also was a 2018-19 Joe’s Movement Emporium NextLOOK Artist and Dance Place’s 2017-18 New Releases Commissioned Artist. He holds a BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Performed by: Lauren Carey, Emily Chu, Melinda Rawlinson, Vanessa Rosen, Alyssa Thompson, Kevin Franc.
Mindy Rawlinson (BA- University of South Carolina 2013, MFA- Hollins University 2017) is an artist, teacher, and choreographer. As a dance artist, Rawlinson concentrates on ideologies surrounding femininity, sexuality, and the moving dancing body. Some of her past works involve critical research on Radical Ballet: finding transgressional spaces, Voyeurism and the Ballerina, and examining the performance of sexuality in the fields of pornography and choreography by exploring kinesthetic pleasures. Rawlinson completed her Master of Fine Arts through Hollins’ three-summer low residency program. Prior to accomplishing her M.F.A., Rawlinson was an adjunct instructor of dance at the University of South Carolina for four years where she also completed her Bachelor of Arts in 2013. As a professional performing artist, she has worked with Carolina Ballet Theatre, Wideman-Davis Dance, Demetrius Klein Dance Company, Baran Dance, and Ballet Florida.
Orfeas Skutelis is a trained cinematographer, born in Novi Sad, Serbia, and currently based in New York. He has over 20 years’ experience in media and the industry, creating audiovisual content and collaborating with directors on different projects as a cinematographer, working on docudrama, fiction, and documentary films. Skutelis has also authored and produced TV programs, exhibitions, theatre performances, experimental and short films, and music videos. Documentary films he worked on have received international recognition. In addition to his work as a cinematographer and author, he was involved in the New Media Center_kuda.org collective which researched, re-contextualized, and rethought critical artistic and media practices, art and media activism, and implemented those experiences into a local context through different formats: screenings series, actions, exhibitions, workshops, research, conferences, video, and book publishing. Also he was project and program coordinator and program editor (2007-2011) at the Youth Social Center CK13 which he helped in establishing as an independent youth organization. He was a lecturer in digital video production workshops and digital/analogue photography, and he also taught a course in European Contemporary Cinema at the University in Kosovska Mitrovica. Currently Skutelis is part of the media studies program at The New School in New York, where he is focusing on research in contemporary documentary film, media theory, and experimental forms of non-linear narration.
Published in Movement Research: Critical Correspondence, Feb. 19 2021.
Anh Vo is a Vietnamese choreographer, dancer, theorist, and activist. They create dances and produce texts about pornography and queer relations, about being and form, about identity and abstraction, about history and its colonial reality. Their critical writings focus on experimental practices and socio-economic relations in contemporary dance and pornography. Currently based in Brooklyn, they are the Co-Editor of Critical Correspondence and a blogger at CultPlastic.
Charmian Wells is a cultural historian, working between dance studies, performance studies, black cultural studies, and queer theory. She is currently pursuing her scholarly interests as a doctoral candidate at Temple University in Dance Studies. Charmian’s research is focused on the concept of choreographing belonging in the African diaspora, in particular within concert dance of the Black Arts Movement in New York City (1965-75). This interest stems from her performance background as a dancer with Forces of Nature Dance Theatre since 2005. She has worked as an editorial assistant on Dance Research Journal and taught in the dance departments of Lehman College, Marymount Manhattan College and Temple University. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance and M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.