New MA in Performance Curation

New MA in Performance Curation

Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University

Inaugural session of ICPP, July 2011. From left to right: Jerry Tischleder, Kristy Edmunds, Ralph Lemon, Kyle Abraham, Annie-B Parson, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Doryun Chong, and Philip Bither. Photo: John Groo.
September 19, 2014
New MA in Performance Curation

Application deadline: January 15, 2015

Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance
Center for the Arts
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06459-0442

Explore two options for Graduate study at Wesleyan University: the ICPP’s MA in Performance Curation, and Certificate Program in Performance Curation

“We are the living archive of an exchange. We are the permanent collection of a performance.”  
–Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, from a keynote address delivered to attendees of ICPP’s July 2014 field-wide convening on performance curation.


Wesleyan University and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) are pleased to announce the establishment of a new Master of Arts in Performance Curation, in addition to its existing Certificate Program in Performance Curation. Founded in 2010, the ICPP is the first institute of its kind, a center for the academic study of the presentation and contextualization of contemporary performance. ICPP encourages curators, field professionals, and artists from all backgrounds to apply.

The MA in Performance Curation
Beginning in the summer of 2015, the new MA is a two-year, low-residency program that can be pursued concurrently with one’s existing professional responsibilities. The MA is for those who seek a deeper immersion in the theory and practice of performance curation and desire more opportunities for substantive critical writing and field practicum opportunities, as well as those who require an advanced Graduate degree to be considered for higher-level positions in the field.

The Certificate in Performance Curation
After three successful pilot years, the Certificate Program continues to provide a ten-month low-residency program for those who seek a fundamental intellectual framework and a specialized peer network to support their work in the expanding field of performance.

Past Certificate alumni are active curators, artists, and arts professionals from around the world, working independently and at institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Danspace Project, Pepatián (Bronx, New York), New England Foundation for the Arts, Cowles Center (Minneapolis), Ringling Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, and Williams College.

Faculty for both programs include Wesleyan’s Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Stanton and Associate Professor of Art Elijah Huge, and field professionals Sam Miller (President, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), Judy Hussie-Taylor (Executive Director of Danspace Project, New York), Kristy Edmunds (Executive and Artistic Director, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA), Thomas Lax (Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art), and Philip Bither (Senior Curator of Performing Arts, Walker Art Center), among others.

Applications for both programs are now available online here. The deadline for submitting all application materials is Thursday, January 15, 2015.For further information, email [email protected].

Leadership support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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