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Projecting All Voices Fellowship

The Projecting All Voices post-graduate fellows are artists from diverse communities. Through the program the fellows inform conversations about how educational and cultural institutions must change to prepare, support and advance the creative voices of a changing America through an equitable lens and framework of practice. They also work with communities underrepresented in those institutions as it relates to their own interest and creative work.

The application deadline for 2018-19 is Feb. 28, 2018. 

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Current fellows

Yvonne Montoya

Yvonne Montoya

Yvonne Montoya is an artist, mother, dancemaker, consultant, and founding director of Safos Dance Theatre based in Tucson, AZ. Ms. Montoya is a process-based dance maker who creates low tech site specific and site adaptive pieces for non-traditional dance spaces. Her work is grounded in and inspired by the landscape, languages, cultures, and the aesthetics of the U.S. Southwest. Originally from Alburquerque, NM, she studied modern and jazz dance at the University of Arizona where she earned a B.A. in Spanish and a M.S. in Mexican American Studies. Before founding Safos in 2009, Ms. Montoya performed with Tucson-based modern dance companies FUNHOUSE movement theater, New ARTiculations Dance Theatre, and Zeffirelli 8. She also served as local teaching artist for Ballet Hispanico and Interim Dance Director for Mountain View HS.

Ms. Montoya is a graduate of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Leadership Institute and Leadership Advocacy Institute, the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) Emerging Leaders of Color Leadership Program and is a two-time participant in WESTAF’s Advocacy and Leadership Seminar. She was a fellow of the EmcArts Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators (ALACI) Cohort 1 in 2015-2016, a mentee Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training in 2016, and a fellow at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Artist Institute (APAP) in 2017. Ms. Montoya served two-year terms as a grant panelist for ArtPlace, the WESTAF TourWest Grant Panel, Arizona Commission on the Arts Festivals Grant Panel, and the Tucson Pima Council on the Arts/Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona New Works Grant Panel. Additionally, she has served on the NALAC’s Diverse Arts Spaces (DAS) and National Fund for the Arts (NFA) Grant Panels.

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Alejandro Tey

Alejandro Tey

Alejandro Tey (Teaching Artist) is a Chicago-based actor, director, writer, and teaching artist. His plays for young audiences (and performers!) have been seen onstage at The Actor’s Gymnasium, Mudlark Theater, and McAllen Parks and Rec. Alex is the founding Artistic Director of Thirteen O’Clock Theatre in South Texas, and has worked nationally as an artistic associate with Sojourn Theatre, most recently as a performer/facilitator in the professional premiere of HOW TO END POVERTY in collaboration with Portland Playhouse. He is also a proud touring ensemble member of Theater Unspeakable and a company member with Rabid Bat Theatricals. Chicago acting credits include: The Compass (Steppenwolf for Young Adults), Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park (Filament Theatre); and Since I Suppose (one step at a time like this/Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). 

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Joel Thompson

Joel Thompson is an Atlanta composer, pianist, conductor, and educator. His largest work, Seven Last Words of the Unarmed for TTBB chorus, strings and piano, was premiered November 2015 by the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club under the direction of Dr. Eugene Rogers. Recently, Thompson was a composition fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he worked with composers Stephen Hartke and Christopher Theofanidis. Thompson taught at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta 2015-2017, and also served as Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Andrew College 2013-2015. Thompson is a proud Emory alum, graduating with a B.A. in Music in 2010, and an M.M. in Choral Conducting in 2013. His teachers include Eric Nelson, William Ransom, Laura Gordy, Richard Prior, John Anthony Lennon, Kevin Puts, Robert Aldridge, and Scott Stewart.

“Joel teaches choral singing in Atlanta, GA, and was recently let go from another teaching job he had (teaching high school students how to sing choral music) due to the controversies around this work. I saw the piece performed in Detroit, and you can see the video of the performances in the links below. I think Joel can offer many important insights into teaching, equity, the morality of creating work, and the responsibilities of the artist to their communities, and those communities in crisis.” - Daniel Bernard Roumain, institute professor

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