Mellon Creative Fellowships
This year the school, in collaboration with the Schools of Music and DXArts, the UW World Series and the Dance Program, will also host four fellows funded through a $750,000, three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation called the Creative Fellowships Initiative. Fellow Erik Ehn—who is the head of playwriting at Brown University—will investigate the role of contemplation as the bedrock of the aesthetic encounter. Fellow Daniel Alexander Jones—who performs as his alter-ago, Jomama Jones and is a professor of playwriting and solo performance at Fordham University—will explore mysticism in the African American avant-garde theatrical tradition. In January, playwrights from New York’s Ma-Yi Writers Lab were be in residence creating work with Drama undergraduates. Producer, curator, and director Meiyin Wang, who most recently co-produced the Under the Radar Festival in New York—will use her fellowship to conduct an exploration of space, with a particular focus on new notions of space made possible by virtual reality and augmented reality.