2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship Panelists


Juanita Anderson

Juanita Anderson, area head of Media Arts and Studies in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University, is a veteran producer, executive producer and documentary filmmaker. A native of Detroit, she has previously held the positions of producer/director and production manager at WSIU-TV (Carbondale, IL), executive producer of Cultural Affairs and Special Projects for WTVS-Detroit Public Television, and series producer for WGBH-Boston. Her work has garnered numerous awards including seven regional Emmys, a DuPont Columbia Silver Baton and a George Foster Peabody Award. A long-standing advocate for diversity in public media and for independent media, Anderson has served on the board of directors of the Independent Television Service (1998-2005), and was a co-founder of the National Black Programming Consortium (now Black Public Media). Anderson is also a past president (1989-1991) of the National Conference of Artists (NCA), the nation’s oldest African American arts organization. She is currently a member of the NCA – Michigan Chapter’s board of directors and a member of Final Girls, an organization of women filmmakers in Detroit. Anderson is also an accomplished still photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of Southern Methodist University and the Mott-Warsh Collection.

Regina Carter

Jazz violinist Regina Carter began taking music lessons at the age of two, first for the piano and later for the violin. Though classically trained, she started to become interested in jazz and funk when she was a teenager. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan and enrolled in the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. She went on to receive her B.A. degree in music from Oakland University. In 1987, Carter joined the all-female pop-jazz quintet Straight Ahead, and appeared on their first three albums before leaving the band in 1991 and moving to New York City, where she performed and recorded with a variety of high-profile jazz and pop artists, including Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Max Roach and Oliver Lake. Carter released her first solo album, Regina Carter, in 1995. It was followed by Something for Grace in 1997, Rhythms of the Heart in 1999, Motor City Moments in 2000, Paganini: After a Dream in 2003, I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey in 2006, Reverse Thread in 2010, Southern Comfort in March of 2014 and Ella: Accentuate the Positive in 2017. In 2006, Carter was awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and in 2007, she was named artist-in-residence at her alma mater, Oakland University, for which she teaches master classes and works with students, faculty and ensembles. She also served as one of the Resident Artistic Directors for the discerning SFJAZZ during its inaugural season. Most recently, was appointed as the Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s All-Female Jazz Residency, a unique summer immersion program for aspiring women jazz professionals.

Wayne Horvitz

Recipient of the 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, composer Wayne Horvitz’s own ensembles include the Snowghost Trio, Sweeter Than the Day, and The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. Horvitz’s commissioners include The Kitchen, The Seattle Symphony, Kronos, BAM, New World Records, The Flynn Theater, and Vienna Jazz. He has received 3 MAP Fund Awards, the NEA American Masterpiece Award, 3 Artist Trusts Fellowships and more. As a collaborator and producer, he has worked with Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, George Lewis, Reggie Watts, John Zorn (Naked City Etc.), World Saxophone Quartet, Fontella Bass, John Adams, and Eddie Palmieri. Collaborators in theater, dance, and film include Carey Perloff, Bill Irwin, Gus Van Sant, Paul Taylor, and Paul Magid. “There’s nobody else out there I hear even attempting to cover some kind of similar range, and do it so convincingly” — All About Jazz

Raashad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome lives and works in New York City. He was born in 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a BFA in art history at Tulane University in 2001. In 2004, he received a Certificate of Study in Digital Post Production from Film/Video Arts Inc. (NYC). In 2005, he studied Max/MSP programming at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center (NYC). He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: the studio museum in Harlem (NYC), the National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC), the Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MOMA PS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia), and MUSA (Vienna, Austria). Recent awards include the 2017/2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, 2017 Rush Arts Gold Rush Award, and a 2011 the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.

Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian is an Armenian-American musician whose proficiency at the kanun (Middle Eastern harp) has made him a nationally recognized artist. He has performed in concert, at music festivals and many celebrated venues across the united states, with the top musicians in Middle Eastern music. Topouzian’s traditional musical style keeps to his Armenian heritage but has expanded to include music from around the Middle East, as well as jazz, fusion, new age, and blues. The recipient of numerous awards, Topouzian’s music has been heard and sold around the globe. In 2012, Topouzian became an Kresge Artist Fellow and in 2015, he was honored as artist in residence for Farmington Hills, MI.

2018 Live Arts Panelists

Marjani Fortè-Saunders

Marjani Fortè-Saunders is a choreographer, performer, organizer, and curator and is currently the co-director of Alkebulan Cultural Center of Pasadena, CA. She is a recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Performance Bessie Award as one of 21 Black Womyn Artists of Skeleton Architecture. Marjani is an inaugural recipient of the Urban Bush Women’s Choreographic Center Fellowship and a two-time Princess Grace Foundation awardee. Memoirs of a…Unicorn is a recipient of the 2017 MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation Grant, and was named Dance Magazine’s Best of 2017. In 2016, as recipient of the Surdna Foundation, Marjani curated an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art in Brooklyn titled Being Here…in Memory. Marjani facilitates within UBW’s BOLD Teaching Network, offering their unique approach to community engagement and organizing.

Billicia Hines

Billicia Hines is an Assistant Professor and is Director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University. Previously, she was Director of Theatre at Elizabeth City State University. She began her formal training in drama in the high school program at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Thereafter, she attended NC Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC (BFAA, Professional Theatre) and University of Missouri at Kansas City (MFA, Acting). She is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, an organization in which she proudly holds the position of Associate Artist. Billicia has presented Michael Chekhov Acting Technique workshops throughout various universities and theatre conferences. Also, she has performed the one-woman shows, HeLa: the Immortal Cell Line of Henrietta Lacks, Testimonies Of Truth: Truth, Parks, and Giovanni, and Flying On Broken Wings: A Journey Through Domestic Violence. She has also found time to do voice-over work, independent films, and many other promotional videos.

Lisa Rose LaMarre Wilmot

Lisa Rose LaMarre Wilmot is a choreographer testing the boundaries of performance-based artwork and working to bring the art of dance away from the lofty stage and into the realm of everyday life. She is the Director of LaMarre and Dancers, a teaching artist for VSA Michigan, and has been instructing at Wayne State University since 2012. She is a member of both the Michigan Dance Council and National Dance Education Organization. Her choreography has been produced for Wayne State University, Grand Valley State University, Oakland University, ArtPrize7, DDC Dances, People Dancing, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Music Hall, Sidewalk Performing Arts Festival, ArtPeers, and numerous spaces nationally. Lisa, pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching Artistry, is a Presidential Scholar of Western Michigan University holding a Bachelor of Arts.

Billy Mark

Billy Mark is an experimental artist whose work is rooted in the art of poetic freestyle. Based in poetry, his work extends to areas of music, theater, sculpture, movement and installation. His current work explores the production of improvisational books and other multidisciplinary long forms of improvisation. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, his writing has been published in The Guidebook of Alternative Nows and SEEN magazine. His work has been performed at REDCAT (Los Angeles), Spiel Festival (Austria), Detroit Contemporary, and Bushwick Open Studios (New York).

Rulan Tangen

Rulan Tangen’s work explores movement as an evolving language, rooted in global indigenous cosmologies from her own lineage and cultivated through collaborative creation processes with diverse indigenous and intertribal peoples. She acknowledges dance as a functional ritual for transformation and healing, integral to the process of decolonizing the body, and in kinetic energetic connection with all relations – human and beyond. As Founding Artistic Director/Choreographer of Dancing Earth, she has passionately cultivated successive generations of indigenous contemporary performing artists, and embodies her belief in dance as a purposeful center of continuance of life. She is a recipient of the 2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award and is grateful for all that roots her, supporting pathways for the dreaming and doing of Dancing Earth: moving, shaking, and stomping the world into renewal.