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Tim Miller – Residency

Internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the field of autobiographic performance, Tim Miller, will join the Northeastern Department of Theatre and the Center for the Arts for a weeklong residency. The residency will include a series of workshops in the College of Arts, Media and Design and will culminate with the creation of a new student-devised work, to be performed on September 30, 2017. Miller will also perform his new solo performance work Rooted on September 28 in the Studio Theatre.

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.

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.