CCT: FY11 Fellowship Recipients

27 Artists Receive FY11 Artist Fellowship Awards

The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) has awarded FY11 fellowships to 27 artists to support their continuing artistic development and creation of new work.

Grants in the amounts of $5,000 and $2,500 were awarded in the categories of Choreography, Fiction, Film/Video, Music Composition, Playwriting, Poetry. The single review criterion was artistic merit.

The 2011 Artist Fellowship recipients are as follows:

Town

Recipient

Discipline

Award

Burlington

Rau, Dana

Fiction

$2,500

Cheshire

Johnson, Brian

Poetry

$2,500

Colchester

Szymkowicz, Adam

Playwriting

$5,000

Colchester

Palmer, Kristen

Playwriting

$5,000

East Hartford

Gatonska, Michael

Music Composition

$5,000

Fairfield

Petchers, Lori

Film/Video

$5,000

Hamden

Santisteban, Denise

Film/Video

$2,500

Hamden

Walker-Canton, Roxana

Film/Video

$2,500

Hamden

Czepiel, Kathy

Fiction

$5,000

Hamden

Molomot, Lisa

Film/Video

$5,000

Hartford

Greer, David

Playwriting

$2,500

Hartford

Carrier, C.S.

Poetry

$5,000

Milford

Barron, Sandra

Fiction

$2,500

New Haven

Lynch, Kellie

Choreography

$2,500

New Haven

Astor del Valle, Janis

Playwriting

$2,500

New Haven

Kirsten, Amy

Music Composition

$5,000

North Haven

Shipley, Vivian

Poetry

$2,500

Norwalk

Neider, Jesse

Film/Video

$5,000

South Windsor

Chang, Lorelei

Choreography

$2,500

Stafford

Ingraham, Roger

Film/Video

$2,500

Storrs

Sidney, Joan

Poetry

$5,000

Stratford

Campbell, Dawn

Playwriting

$2,500

West Hartford

Macbride, David

Music Composition

$2,500

West Hartford

Grossberg, Benjamin

Poetry

$2,500

West Hartford

Thomas, Rebecca

Choreography

$5,000

West Hartford

Sassi, Maria

Poetry

$5,000

Willimantic

Terry, Brent

Poetry

$5,000


Panels of experts in their respective fields reviewed the works of 182 applicants during this highly competitive process. Panelists included:

CHOREOGRAPHY
Nell Breyer
received her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from Oxford University and an MS in Media Arts & Sciences from MIT. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an LEF New England General Fund Award, the New England Foundation for the Artís National Dance Project RDDI Choreographer Award, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in the discipline of choreography, and a Cambridge Arts Council Grant.

Daniel McCusker is a lecturer in the Department of Drama & Dance at Tufts University, teaching modern dance, ballet, composition and special topics courses. McCusker has taught at Summer Stages Dance II, the American College Dance Festival Association, and the American Dance Festival. Recent projects include a choreographic residency on Salt Spring Island, in British Columbia, where he facilitated a creative process for a large group of community dancers, and a teaching residency in Singapore.

Marilyn M. Sylla teaches African, Brazilian and Haitian dance forms at Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts and Amherst College. Sylla studied African dance forms in Guinea, Senegal, the Gambia, the Casamance, Brazil, Haiti and Puerto Rico. She has performed throughout the United States at venues including Jacobs Pillow and the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and has recently returned from a performing and teaching tour in Caguas, Guayama and Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

FICTION
D.M. Gordon
is a recipient from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship program in the discipline of fiction. Her poetry and stories have appeared widely in journals, including Nimrod, Northwest Review, Poetry Daily, the Massachusetts Review and Glimmertrain. Gordon received her MM in Music from Boston University and has performed as a concert pianist. She received her MA and BA from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Her current work focuses on her literary works and as a writing workshop instructor.

Michael Stewart received his MFA from Brown University and a BA from the University of Texas. He is a recent recipient of the Rhode Island Council for the Arts Fellowship in both fiction and poetry. Stewartís work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies and he is the author of A Brief Encyclopedia of Modern Magic (The Cupboard), Almost Perfect Forms (Ugly Duckling) and Sebastian, an illustrated book for adults (Hello Martha Press). Stewart is a visiting lecturer in Brown University.

Jung H. Yun has a degree in creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.A. in Government from the University of Pennsylvania and a  B.A. from Vassar College.  Jung H Yun has received several awards including the Pushcart Prize Nomination; Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest Finalist; UMass Amherst Delaney Fellowship for Women Writers; Best New American Voices Nomination; Zoetrope All-Short Short Fiction Contest Runner-up.

FILM / VIDEO
George T. Marshall
is the founder and producing director of Flickers Arts Collaborative and the founder of G.T. Marshall Communications which specializing in creative advertising, video/film production and collateral projects. Marshall received his Masters degree in political science with a focus on communications from Brown University. Marshall teaches communications, television production, public speaking and acting for camera courses at various colleges and universities in the area and serves as a media/marketing consultant to businesses and non-profit organizations.

Anthony Cokes is a professor in media production at Brown University. He received his MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. His projects have been supported by grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. He works in video production, multimedia installation, documentary theory and practice, and critical uses of popular culture.

Christina Ean Spangler is a freelance animator and illustrator. She received her BFA in Film/Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a recent grant recipient from the LEF Foundation. Her award-winning short films have been screened internationally and her work includes commercial shorts and childrenís television & book illustration. Spangler is a founding member of Clever Girls Collaborative, a group which focuses on a handmade, hands-on approach to ?lmmaking.

MUSIC COMPOSITION
Michael Dequattro received a Bachelor of Science in music education from Rhode Island College and a Master of Music in percussion performance from the Boston Conservatory. He teaches at Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and Roger Williams University. Dequattro has performed in a variety of settings which have included theater and symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, broadway productions, rock bands and he has composed works for dance companies.

Kui Dong received her BA and MA degrees in theory and composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and her DMA in composition from Stanford University. Dongís compositions span diverse genres and styles and include ballet, orchestral and chamber works, chorus, electro-acoustic music, film scores, and multi-media art. She is an associate professor at Dartmouth College where she teaches music composition, theory, improvisation and contemporary music.

Salvatore Macchia is a professor of composition and contrabass at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received a BM from the Hartt School of Music and an MMA and DMA from Yale University. Macchia was a Samuel Conti Award fellowship winner and was a founding member of the Ancora Chamber Ensemble. He has received numerous commissions both nationally and internationally with compositions performed throughout the US, Europe, Russia and Japan.

PLAYWRITING
Peter Snoad
began writing plays following a career as a professional news media and communications/grants management writer for nonprofits and as an actor and stage performer. He has written six full-length plays and a dozen short plays and his plays have received more than 60 productions and staged readings in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and Singapore. Snoad has been honored with two national new play awards and a playwriting fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Lyralen Kaye is an actor, playwright, novelist and poet and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the theater and film company, Another Country Productions which produces innovative and multicultural new works. Kaye teaches acting, improvisation, playwriting, poetry, slam poetry techniques, fiction and creative non-fiction. She studied the Meisner Technique with Fred Kareman at Carnegie Hall while getting her MFA in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College.

James Taylor Jr. is an associate professor of theatre and managing director of theatre at Rhode Island College. He received his PhD in Dramaturgy and Theatre from Florida State University and his MA in Theatre Arts from California State University. His original plays Blood Line, Bodies That Blow in the Wind, When A Black Woman Speaks and White Manís A Cominí have been produced by the Black Actors Guild in Tallahassee, Florida.

POETRY
Tina Chang
received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University and is the author of several books of poetry. She has received awards for her poetry works from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Van Lier Foundation. Chang currently teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and Hunter College and was recently appointed as the Brooklyn Poet Laureate

Peter Covino earned an MS degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a PhD in English/Creative Writing from the University of Utah. He currently teaches creative writing courses at the University of Rhode Island and was a recent recipient of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for poetry. Covino is the author of the poetry collection, Cut Off the Ears of Winter and is one of the founding editors of the literary press, Barrow Street Inc, and the Barrow Street Books and he was appointed poetry editor for VIA: Voices in Italian Americana.

John Hennessy received his BA from Princeton University, MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and MFA from the University of Arkansas. Hennessy teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is the author of Bridge and Tunnel. He has published works of fiction and poetry in a several journals and anthologies and is a contributing editor to Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics, and he is the poetry editor of The Common, a new magazine based at Amherst College's Frost Library.