The Gender and Sexuality and Theater programs will host performance artist Tim Miller for a weeklong workshop from Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, in the Hepburn Teaching Theater at Goodhart Hall.
“We are genuinely delighted to have the opportunity to host Tim Miller as he conducts this workshop on the Bryn Mawr campus,” says Professor of History Sharon Ullman, coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Program. “His courageous artistry has inspired a generation of performers who have looked to his bold explorations of queer life as a touchstone. His work incorporates such warmth and wit that I’m very confident our students, no matter what histories they wish to explore in their performances, are going to have a wonderful time in this workshop.”
Miller became the focus of a good deal of media attention after Villanova University reversed its decision to host the workshop earlier this week.
“My goal is to share a variety of strategies to create original performances from the tremendous energies and stories that are present in our lives. Using our own memories and myths as a jumping off point, we will see where a deep sense of personal history creates performance that jumps out from our bodies onto the stage or the page,” says Miller of the workshops.
The performance workshops focus on identity and culture, questions of diversity and difference, knowledge of self and others, and related themes. Throughout the week, each participant will develop and refine her/his own original, solo piece that will be performed on Friday, April 20. Workshops are scheduled to be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday for the workshop and performance.
There are currently 14 slots available for those interested in attending the workshops, which are open to any member of the Bi-Co community including students, faculty, and staff. Those interested in attending the workshops should contact Ullman at sullman(at)brynmawr(dot)edu.
Miller’s solo theater works have been presented all over North America, Australia, and Europe at such prestigious venues as Yale Repertory Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the author of the books Shirts & Skin, Body Blows and 1001 Beds, which won the 2007 literary prize for best Drama-Theater book from Lambda Literary Foundation. Miller has taught performance in the theater departments at UCLA and at Cal State Los Angeles. He is a founder of two of the most influential performance spaces in the United States: Performance Space 122 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, Calif.