NEW YORK CITY: New York Stage and Film has announced its 2020 artists and projects-in-residence, part of its ongoing NYSAF NOW programming. This year’s artists are Shairi Engle, Morgan Green, Khiyon Hursey, Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Jian Jung, Ilya Khodosh, Sandra Tsing Loh, Molly Beach Murphy, Phanésia Pharel, Brian Quijada, Christina Quintana (CQ), Nygel D. Robinson, Keenan Scott II, Susan Tenney, Lucie Tiberghien, and Lily Wolff.
“New York Stage and Film supports artists through flexible, responsive processes that adapt to the needs of their work,” said artistic director Chris Burney in a statement. “From the moment the pandemic began, we met with our community to listen to how we could best provide the support they wanted in this moment. These are some of the results: deeper, ongoing development of artists’ work, inspired by them and tailored directly to their needs, supported by payments and professional development opportunities.”
Each artist will be a part of a unique process geared toward addressing the needs of the artists. NYSAF provides support ranging from readings and one-on-one notes sessions to rehearsals and creative networking. In response to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s program has been expanded to offer more opportunities for artists.
“This reflects NYSAF’s broader push to keep expanding our curatorial approach and our commitment to equity and access,” Burney’s statement continued. “We want a wider community of artists to have the agency they need to shape NYSAF to their vision. For some of these projects, NYSAF will act as a producer, dramaturg, or a creative matchmaker; in other cases, we’ll simply provide administrative support and a platform for artists to share their work. Even though we aren’t gathering this summer for our typical Powerhouse season, this has been a wonderful opportunity to redefine development collaboratively and to engage nearly 150 exciting artists so far, with more to come.”
The projects will be El Otro Lado by Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Ike by Molly Beach Murphy, Lucky by Phanésia Pharel, The Madwoman and the Roomba: My Year of Domestic Mayhem by Sandra Tsing Loh, McCourt by Ilya Khodosh, Mexodus by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson, The Migration LP by Keenan Scott II, Mr. San Man by Christina Quintana (CQ), and Tampons, Dead Dogs & Other Disposable Things by Shairi Engle.
More information on the artists and their projects can be found on NYSAF’s website.
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