Kia Corthron is a playwright committed to social activism. Her work has been widely produced in venues across the United States and internationally. She has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships including an NEA grant and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency. While at the Dora Maar House, Corthron worked on the manuscript of her first novel.
John Jesurun is a writer, director and media artist living in New York. His work is distinguished by its integrated creation of text, set and media design. His work has been performed internationally at major festivals and venues. His numerous awards and grants include Rockefeller, Guggenheim, NEA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and MacArthur Fellowships. His plays are published by Theater Communications Group and Performing Arts Journal. While at Dora Maar House he worked on his next large theater project, “Stopped Bridge of Dreams.”
Chia-Yu Hsu was born in Taiwan and received her doctorate in music composition at Duke University. An important young composer with an impressive list of prizes and commissions, Hsu´s work has been performed by distinguished conductors such as Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and other places such as the London Sinfonietta, and Detroit and San Francisco symphonies. While at Dora Maar House, Hsu worked on a trio for clarinet, cello, piano and electronics which explored cultural fusion in music.
Anthony Barilla is an American composer, musician, and theater artist based in Kosovo, where he founded Blackbird Books, a nonprofit library, bookstore, and café. His upcoming projects include directing a theater production in Kosovo and releasing several new song collections. A musical he began while at the Dora Maar House, Apocalypse Town, was performed in Houston in 2012.
Catherine Texier is a French writer of fiction and nonfiction. Based in New York City, she is the author of four novels and a memoir. In addition to teaching creative writing at the New School and the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA program, she is a thesis adviser at Columbia University.
Barbara London a curator of media at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is the founder of MoMA’s video exhibition and collection programs. She has pioneered the development of media art from its raw beginnings in the 1970s and has guided the field to its current status.
Salvatore Scibona was named a Guggenheim Fellow in the spring of 2010, and shortly thereafter he was included in the list of “20 Under 40” writers in the summer fiction issue of The New Yorker magazine. His first book, The End, received the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library as well as the Norman Mailer Cape Cod Award for Exceptional Writing.
Tom Sleigh has published several books of poetry, translations, and essays. Among his many awards are the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches in the MFA program at Hunter College.
Fabianny Deschamps is a screenplay writer and director, based in Paris. She has written and directed five short films including “Le Grand Basin” (2006). Her first feature-length film is currently in production. While in residence at Dora Maar House, she worked on her new screenplay, “Enfant Gâté.
Carla Diana is a leader in the global design community. Her work focuses on the interplay between digital and physical forms and serves as a celebration of the innate human desire to shape our surroundings through control devices. While at Dora Maar, she created “Pere Ubu”, inspired by the Dora Maar photograph of the same name. The work took the form of an interactive virtual object.