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Tim Miller Performance – Rooted

Written and performed by internationally acclaimed performance artist, Tim Miller, this solo performance shares stories of family trees and the hidden LGBT histories that live among the branches.

Tim Miller is the recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, but became a household name in 1990 when he was awarded an NEA Solo Performer Fellowship that was overturned due to the gay themes in his work. He and three other artists, who have become known as the “NEA 4,” sued the government in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Miller’s work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man. His performances have been presented at various locations in North America, in Australia and Europe, and in venues such as the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 

He is the author of the books, Shirts & SkinBody Blows, and 1001 Beds, which won the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for best book in Drama-Theater. Miller has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; New York University; and the Claremont School of Theology in California.

Tim Miller’s residency at Northeastern is supported in part by the Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation and a Do It Grant from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.