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Tim Miller, an internationally acclaimed LGBTQ activist and performance artist, will join the Northeastern Theatre Department and Center for the Arts for a weeklong residency that will include a series of workshops and performances.

Miller’s work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man. Hailed for his humor and passion, Miller has tackled this challenge in such pieces as Postwar, Cost of Living, Democracy in America, Buddy Systems, Some Golden States, Stretch Marks, Sex/Love/Stories, My Queer Body, Naked Breath, Fruit Cocktail, Shirts & Skin, Glory Box, US, 1001 Beds, and Lay of the Land.

Miller’s 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 & Skin, Body 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.

In 1990, Miller was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Performer Fellowship, which was overturned under political pressure from the Bush White House because of the gay themes of his work. Miller and three other artists successfully sued the federal government for violation of their First Amendment rights and won a settlement whereby the federal government paid them the amount of the defunded grants and court costs.

Since 1999, Miller has focused his creative and political work on marriage equality and addressing the injustices facing lesbian and gay couples in the United States.

Miller’s work at Northeastern is supported in part by the Northeastern University Diverse Opportunities to Inform & Teach grant and the Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation.