Updated 3/23: UNCSA Grant YouTube video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8c-oN70A8M
March 13, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE /
PERFORMANCE ARTIST TIM MILLER IN-RESIDENCE AT UNCSA
His Visit Includes Three Public Performances
WINSTON-SALEM – Internationally acclaimed performance artist and author Tim Miller is in residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) this week.
Miller arrived Sunday and will be at UNCSA through Saturday, March 24.
His visit to campus includes a series of workshops with UNCSA students as well as three public performances.
Miller will perform Glory Box at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Thrust Theatre at Performance Place on the UNCSA Campus, 1533 S. Main St. Glory Box is Miller’s funny, sexy and politically charged personal exploration of same-sex marriage and the struggle for immigration rights for lesbian and gay bi-national couples. The performance will be followed by a reception, including book sales and signing.
Tim Miller in Lay of the Land
On Friday, March 23, Miller will present Performance/Body/Self, a performance and talk, from 6-7 p.m. in the Patrons Theatre at Performance Place.
His residency concludes with a public performance of the Student Project Workshop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Thrust Theatre at Performance Place. The presentation will be followed by a reception with book sales and signings in the Performance Place lobby.
These three presentations are free and open to the public. Those who would like to attend are asked to reserve a seat by calling the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945. Please be aware: The performances include adult themes.
Miller’s workshops and residency are sponsored in part by a $2,500 grant to UNCSA by the Adam Foundation, an alternative funding resource for LGBT-related projects in the Triad for 22 years. The foundation is supported by a diverse donor base and in June 2011 awarded grants totaling $35,000 to eight local LGBT projects, including UNCSA’s Tim Miller Project, covering issues related to health, bullying, arts, equality, youth homelessness and education. For more info, visit: www.adamfoundation.org.
TIM MILLER is an internationally acclaimed performance artist. Miller's creative 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 (1982), Cost of Living (1983), Democracy in America (1984), Buddy Systems (1985), Some Golden States (1987), Stretch Marks (1989), Sex/Love/Stories (1991), My Queer Body (1992), Naked Breath (1994), Fruit Cocktail (1996), Shirts & Skin (1997), Glory Box (1999), US (2003), and 1001 Beds (2006).
Miller's performances have been presented all over North America, Australia, and Europe in such prestigious venues as Yale Repertory Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Walker Art Center (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-Theatre. His solo theater works have been published in the play collections O Solo Homo and Sharing the Delirium. Miller’s newest book, “1001 Beds,” an anthology of his performances, essays and journals, was published by University of Wisconsin Press in 2006.
Miller has taught performance at UCLA, NYU, the School of Theology at Claremont and at universities all over the United States. He is a co-founder of two of the most influential performance spaces in the United States: Performance Space 122 on Manhattan's Lower East Side and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, Calif.
Miller has received numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1990, Miller was awarded a NEA Solo Performer Fellowship, which was overturned under political pressure from the Bush White House because of the gay themes of Miller's work. Miller and three other artists, the so-called "NEA 4," successfully sued the federal government with the help of the ACLU for violation of their First Amendment rights and won a settlement where the government paid them the amount of the defunded grants and all court costs. Though the Supreme Court of the United States decided in 1998 to overturn part of Miller's case and determined that "standards of decency" are constitutional criterion for federal funding of the arts, Miller vows "to continue fighting for freedom of expression for fierce diverse voices."
Since 1999, Miller has focused his creative and political work on marriage equality and addressing the injustices facing lesbian and gay couples in America. Glory Box and US are funny, sexy, and politically charged explorations of same-sex marriage and the struggle for immigration rights for lesbian and gay bi-national couples. They recount the trials Miller has been forced to undergo in trying to keep his Australian partner in the United States. Says Miller, "I want the pieces to conjure for the audience a site for the placing of memories, hopes, and dreams of gay people's extraordinary potential for love." After a nine-year stint in New York City, in 1987 Miller returned home to Los Angeles, California where he was born and raised. He currently lives there with his partner, Alistair, in Venice Beach.
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.