Guest Artist Residencies

Coming Spring 2015

Guest Artist: Sean Graney

Sean GraneySean Graney is a theater adapter/ director based in Chicago, IL. He recently finished a yearlong fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University where he completed his 12 hour adaptation combining all thirty-two surviving Greek Tragedies. Sean is the Founding Director of The Hypocrites, a Chicago theater company where he served as the Artistic Director for 14 years. He attended Emerson College and has taught at University of Chicago, The Theater School at DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago and Lake Forest College. Sean has written and adapted several plays, including Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, an adaptation of all seven surviving texts of Sophocles, which had successful runs in both NY and Chicago. As a director, Sean has helmed over 30 productions for The Hypocrites since 1997. He was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. He has won four Joseph Jefferson Awards. His work has been seen at American Repertory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Court Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, Chicago Children¹s Theatre.

Read an article about Sean's work in The New York Times
See an Interview with Sean Graney

Scene from Sean Graney's adaptation of The Comedy of Errors

Guest Artist: Leeny Sack


Leeny SackLeeny Sack is a performance artist, certified Master Teacher of Kinetic Awareness® and teacher/counselor of The Performative Self. She has performed and taught extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and in Asia at venues including the Venice Biennale, The Edinburgh Festival, The American Dance Festival, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the first World Gathering of Holocaust Survivors. From 1974-1978 she was a member of The Performance Group, the groundbreaking experimental theatre company founded and directed by Richard Schechner, whose members included Spalding Gray, Elizabeth LeCompte, Ron Vawter, and Joan MacIntosh. Her solo performances include The Survivor and The Translator, Our Lady of the Hidden Agenda, Patient/Artist, Straight Man, Multiple Choice, and (Neo-Ventriqual) Thought Clouds.

Since 2008 she has been on the faculty of the MFA Contemporary Performance Department of Naropa University, teaching The Performative Self, a practice and process designed to access and embody the creative unconscious through breath, unadorned presence, written and spoken text, kinetic awareness®, and work with objects.

A former student of The Juilliard School, her own students have included performing and visual artists, singers and musicians, psychotherapists, physicians, educators, and others interested in self-research and the interface between inner experience and outer expression. Her studio, Physika Arts, is located in Lafayette, CO. For more information:

Past Guest Residencies:

October 2014

Guest Artist Amy Smith: Headlong Performance Institute

Amy SmithAmy Smith is a founder and Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater, a Philadelphia-based group. Since 1993, Headlong has created collaborative dance theater works, and toured nationally and internationally. Recent projects include This Town is a Mystery, a series of performances created in collaboration with (non-professional performer) members of 4 Philadelphia households, followed by a potluck dinner; More, which was created after two years of creative provocations from choreographer Tere O¹Connor; and Red Rovers, which uses the true story of the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, as a dramaturgical starting point. Amy grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and double majored in Dance and Religion at Wesleyan University. After college, she spent a year studying at the Center for New Dance Development in Holland. Outside of Headlong, Amy has performed in the work of Deborah Hay, Ishmael Houston Jones, and other dance artists. She has also performed extensively in theater and cabaret, and has won both a Barrymore (Philadelphia Theatre Award) for 1812 Productions' Suburban Love Songs and a Bessie (New York Dance Award) for Headlong's ST*R W*RS and other stories. In 2008, Headlong opened the Headlong Performance Institute, an experimental performance school for young artists offering full college credit. Amy is committed to teaching and community service as vital components of her life as an artist. She served as Treasurer on the Dance/USA board of Trustees and also chaired a committee that successfully created a new dance service organization for Philadelphia. Amy¹s personal mission is to help other artists build balanced and sustainable lives as artists, and to that end she teaches workshops in Financial Literacy to artists through the Creative Capital Professional Development Program, mentors many younger artists, and does tax preparation and financial advising for approximately 70-80 artists each year.

Hotel Pool (Excerpts) from Headlong Dance Theater.

23 Seconds About John Cage
Leon Ingulsrud, Barney O'Hanlon and designer Brian Scott.
Guest artists from SITI Company, in collaboration with MFA students - Photos: Marcin Mroz

Beckett Butoh, Katsura Kan - Fall 2007 - Photos: Marcin Mroz, Rebekah West

Dan Safer - Spring 2007 - Photos: Marcin Mroz

Butoh Project, Katsura Kan - Spring 2007 - Photos: Marcin Mroz

Tectonic Theater Project, Leigh Fondakowski Workshops

Tectonic Theater Project, Moises Kaufman Workshops

SITI Company, Ellen Lauren and J. Ed Araiza - Spring 2005