Performance Artist Tim Miller will do Guest Residency at Trinity/La MaMa

Miller will join 13 Trinity Students in their New York City Studio

Tim Miller, an internationally acclaimed LGBTQ activist and performance artist, will join 13 Trinity/La MaMa students in their studio in New York City on October 18 and 19 when he does a guest artist residency. The students will participate in lectures, training exercises and work with Miller to devise original performances.

Miller will assist in the sculpting of the students’ final performances, provide constructive feedback and share his own experiences as an artist and performer. After the completion of the first day’s exercises, the Trinity/La MaMa students will have an opportunity to attend one of Miller’s performances in New York. Michael Burke, the Trinity/La MaMa program director, has collaborated extensively with Miller over the past 10 years.

There will also be a performance – Sex/Body/Self: Tim MillerPerforming Que(e)ries -- at The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York, in conjunction with Trinity/La MaMa, on October 18 at 7 p.m. Those who wish to attend should contact: rsvp@clags.org.

The Trinity La MaMa Performing Arts Semester provides full immersion in the New York theater, dance and performance communities with the goal of fostering artistic, academic and personal growth. Each week is dedicated to a specific theme that connects ideas and artistic approaches. The semester culminates with an original student-generated ensemble performance presented by the La Mama Experimental Theater Club (E.T.C.)

The La MaMa E.T.C. is a world-renowned venue that was led for more than 50 years by its founder, the late Ellen Stewart. Since the early 1960s, La MaMa E.T.C. has pursued its mission to present artists from all over the world and allow the artists the freedom to take risks and explore new terrain. Among the artists who began at La MaMa E.T.C. are Sam Shepard, Harold Pinter, Lanford Wilson, Eugene Ionesco, Philip Glass and Jerzy Grotowski.

La MaMa has presented more then 2,500 shows in its three theaters and received more than 30 Obies, Drama Desk Awards and Bessie Awards. Stewart was a MacArthur fellowship recipient.

Miller’s work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man. Hailed for his humor and passion, Miller has tackled this challenge in such pieces as Postwar, Cost of Living, Democracy in America, Buddy Systems, Some Golden States, Stretch Marks, Sex/Love/Stories, My Queer Body, Naked Breath, Fruit Cocktail, Shirts & Skin, Glory Box, US, 1001 Beds, and Lay of the Land.

Miller’s performances have been presented at various locations in North America, in Australia and Europe, and in venues such as the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Walker Art Center in 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 Lambda Literary Award for best book in Drama-Theater. Miller has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; New York University; and the Claremont School of Theology in California.

In 1990, Miller was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Performer Fellowship, which was overturned under political pressure from the Bush White House because of the gay themes of his work. Miller and three other artists successfully sued the federal government for violation of their First Amendment rights and won a settlement whereby the federal government paid them the amount of the defunded grants and court costs.

Since 1999, Miller has focused his creative and political work on marriage equality and addressing the injustices facing lesbian and gay couples in the United States.

For more information, please contact Michael Burke at Michael.Burke@trincoll.edu or 917-309-5098. For more information about the Trinity/La MaMa program, please visit www.trinitylamama.org.