2016 Kresge Artist Fellowship Panelists
2016 Film & Music Panelists
A native Detroiter and Howard University graduate, Njia Kai directs and curates major public events and cultural arts projects with a focus on community enrichment, and in support of placemaking initiatives. Her 30 years of production experience include the annual City of Detroit Tree Lighting, Art X Detroit and Noel Night in Midtown, the Wright Museum African World Festival, and the downtown entertainment series at Campus Martius Park. Njia has led arts-based summer and after-school programs for city youth and lends her expertise to a wide variety of community projects.
Frank Pahl received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Wayne State University, Detroit and a master of fine arts degree in art and design with an emphasis in sound art from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has received over 80 commissions to write music for theater, film and dance and has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan. His music has appeared on over 70 releases. Since 2000, he’s actively created kinetic sound installations, which are frequently designed to accompany his music. Pahl has taught sound design at College for Creative Studies, Detroit and sound-related courses at University of Michigan. His current music projects are Scavenger Quartet and Little Bang Theory.
Todd Chandler is a filmmaker, musician, and interdisciplinary artist. His work has been featured at the Hammer Museum, the Torino Film Festival, Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA, 01SJ Biennial, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. His first feature film, Flood Tide (2013), documents and reimagines a journey down the Hudson River on a fleet of sculptural rafts dreamed up by the artist Swoon. He is the co-creator of Empire Drive-In and was a founding member of the Miss Rockaway Armada and the band Dark Dark Dark. He has received fellowships and support from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Experimental Television Center, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. He teaches in the Department of Film at Brooklyn College.
Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Each of his siblings are artists: Norvis Jr. Djore, and Classi. Terence makes music under the name Terence Etc. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film has garnered Terence recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. Oversimplification… also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” The film has since been released theatrically in the US, UK, France, and South Africa. It is currently available on DVD and Digitally through Cinema Guild. Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – along with the rest of The Swarm and is currently developing his next feature film.
Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist working with voice, sound processing, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live looping techniques, she creates works combining experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, processing, and gesture-activated MIDI controllers. She has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet. Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan – including appearances at Bang on a Can (New York), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). She’s shown installation works at the Whitney Museum (NY), Diözesanmuseum (Cologne), and Krannert Museum (IL). Her awards include a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital, the Alpert Award, MAP Fund, ASCAP Plus Award, Ars Electronica, and the NEA Japan/US Friendship Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
2016 Live Arts Panelists
Penny Godboldo completed her Ph.B. degree in Education at Wayne State University and holds an M.A. Degree in Humanities from University of Detroit in English, with a cognate in Dance/Theater. She trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School, Broadway Dance Center, Steps Dance Studio and the Martha Graham School in New York City. She mentored under dance Icon Katherine Dunham for over 20 years and is the only certified instructor of the Dunham technique in Michigan. She has taught and performed in the U.S. (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles) as well as Toronto, Canada and various countries including England, Scotland, France and Japan. Godboldo has conducted research: “Traditional Dance” and “Dance in Religion” in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Benin, and West Africa. Since 2006 she has frequently presented papers on her work at the KOSANBA Academic Colloquium, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Massachusetts University, Wayne State University, among other places. Professor Godboldo is currently in her 32nd year on faculty at Marygrove College, Artistic Director of the Hartford Baptist Church Liturgical Dance Ministry, and directs a community mentoring program through the arts, “Discovery: GAP” for adolescent girls and directs the Detroit Legacy Project each summer.
Carrie’s work as a director and performing artist combines puppetry, multimedia and the gestural language of experimental theater. She has a BFA in directing theater from NYU and an MFA in studio art from U of M Ann Arbor. Her work has been seen in the New York International Fringe Festival, The Athens Museum of Art, Seattle’s Annex Theater, the Canadian Fringe Festival, the CATCH! New Artist Series in Brooklyn, NY, the Orlando International Fringe Festival, the Matrix Theater, as an invited artist working with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, at The Flicker Film Festival in Richmond, VA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. She is a J. William Fulbright grantee in the field of performance art for creative work in multimedia shadow puppetry in Solo, Indonesia, a Princess Grace grantee in the field of theater for puppetry design and direction and for several years was the program manager of Puppetry and Performing Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has been the director of CMAP (Carrie Morris Arts Production) since it was established in 2012 as a place where Detroiters can experience and explore contemporary puppetry, performance and multimedia works.
Aku Kadogo is an international theatre director, choreographer, performer, educator and cultural arts curator. Kadogo has directed and created theatre works in Australia, Korea, Europe and the United States. This multi-faceted artist directs highly energetic, imaginative, original theatre works.She has served as the Director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University, been a guest Faculty member at Yongin University in South Korea and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Kadogo has worked in film, television and stage making her career debut in the original Broadway production of for colored girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.
She divides her time between Atlanta and Sydney, Australia..
Leyya Mona Tawil is an artist working with dance and music practices. Tawil is the artistic director of DANCE ELIXIR and TAC: Temescal Art Center. Her work has been presented in Russia, Canada and 13 countries throughout Europe and the Arab world. Her approach to experimental performance is based on conceptual scoring and location based variables. She has discussed this process with author Linda Weintraub for Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence; as well as interviews with NEA Art Talks, Art21 (NYC), Art Territories (Ramallah), Wall Street Journal and American Theater Magazine. Presentation highlights include New York Live Arts/Live Ideas (NYC), Dock11 (Berlin), MOCAD (Detroit), BIPOD9 (Beirut), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), TransDance15 (Cairo) and the Museum of Nonconformist Art (Saint Petersburg). www.danceElixirLIVE.org
Sarah Wilke has served as the Managing Director of Seattle’s On the Boards contemporary performing arts center since 2004. Prior to OtB, Wilke worked as the Managing Director of Consolidated Works in Seattle, as the Associate Curator of Education at the Tacoma Art Museum, and at the Freer & Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC where she held various education, programming and curatorial positions. Prior to moving to Seattle, Wilke was a Fulbright Fellow in Sri Lanka. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) and received her Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA). She has served as a panelist for the NEA, the National Performance Network, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.