Alumni

EmergeNYC alumni include award-winning playwrights, curators, directors, choreographers, filmmakers, grantmakers, university faculty, arts administrators, healers, educators, and multidisciplinary artists. Many continue to collaborate with each other and with faculty long beyond the program—they’ve formed collectives, created artist residencies, directed each other in plays, made music together, taught together, and (as seen in their testimonials) been fearless together. Below are some of the folks in this love-fueled network of 300+ people.

2023 Flagship Cohort

Ana Anu, 2023

Ana Anu, 2023

Ana Anu (she/they) is an author and multi-media artist. Their work, centering eco feminism, has…

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miscelvnea, 2023

miscelvnea, 2023

miscelvnea (they/she, it) (elle, elli/ellu) is a Boriké-born multimedia and interdisciplinary artist whose …

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2023 Virtual Cohort

2022 Flagship Cohort

2022 Virtual Cohort

2021 Cohort

Dahlia Li, 2021

Dahlia Li, 2021

Dahlia Li (she/her) is an artist and writer currently completing a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania…

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Jason Wang, 2021

Jason Wang, 2021

Jason Wang (they/he) is a Queer Chinese-American playwright, actor, and game developer from Queens…

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Mariano Ruiz, 2021

Mariano Ruiz, 2021

Mariano Ruiz is a trans nonbinary cabaret artivist from Mexico City. They use humor, pop culture, and…

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Pêdra Costa, 2021

Pêdra Costa, 2021

Pêdra Costa (they/she) is a ground breaking, formative Brazilian, Visual & Urban Anthropologist, Performer…

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2020 Cohort

Bloom Osuala, 2020

Bloom Osuala, 2020

Bloom is a multidisciplinary creative activist based in NYC who explores the relationship between systemic…

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C. Tai Tai, 2020

C. Tai Tai, 2020

C. Tai Tai (she/her) is a performance and installation artist based in Chicago, with roots in New York …

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Elyla, 2020

Elyla, 2020

Elyla is a cochónx barro-mestiza, a non-binary performance artist and activist. Their work often moves …

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Nessa Norich, 2020

Nessa Norich, 2020

Nessa Norich (she/they) is a writer, director, producer, creative coach and performer who creates works …

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2019 Cohort

Julha Franz, 2019

Julha Franz, 2019

Coming from a place of sexual and gender liberation, Julha Franz (Brazil, 1993) pushes boundaries with her…

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KT Pe Benito, 2019

KT Pe Benito, 2019

Faustina KT Pe Benito is a nonbinary queer Filipinx, a Filipino man, and a white woman. They earned a BFA…

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Rae De Vine, 2019

Rae De Vine, 2019

Rae (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cultural worker who engages with the arts…

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2018 Cohort

Ama BE, 2018

Ama BE, 2018

Ama BE (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist exploring dimensions of embodiment…

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Arian Nakhaie, 2018

Arian Nakhaie, 2018

Fihi Ma Fihi’s (“FMF”) founder Arian Nakhaie has 15+ years in a variety of roles, industries and countries…

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Monica Furman, 2018

Monica Furman, 2018

Monica Furman is a multi-hyphenate artist and conflict mediator. She was raised in Brooklyn by her Jew-ish …

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Natalie Cook, 2018

Natalie Cook, 2018

Natalie Cook is a filmmaker, poet, and theater-maker. Natalie’s poetry film, “Backwards God,” received the…

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Rad Pereira, 2018

Rad Pereira, 2018

Rad is a two-spirit Afro-Indigenous, Jewish, Brazilian (im)migrant artist currently based in Lenapehoking …

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Rina Espiritu, 2018

Rina Espiritu, 2018

A local of Queens Village, NY with a US greencard and Pilipino passport. This multidisciplinary artist has…

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Salome Egas, 2018

Salome Egas, 2018

Salome is proudly Ecuadorian, an interdisciplinary artist, educator and bilingual children’s book author …

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2017 Cohort

David Sierra, 2017

David Sierra, 2017

David Sierra is an artist, scholar, and writer practicing and researching performance and production in…

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Effie Nkrumah, 2017

Effie Nkrumah, 2017

Effie Nkrumah is an interdisciplinary artist and poet of Ghanaian descent brought up in Sydney, Australia…

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Girino (LUA), 2017

Girino (LUA), 2017

Girino (aka Lua) is a Brazilian video & movement artist and scholar based in Brooklyn, and current PhD …

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Sol Cabrini, 2017

Sol Cabrini, 2017

Sol Cabrini de la Ciudad is a Chicago trans creator based in NYC. Sol has created and collaborated in…

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Troizel Carr, 2017

Troizel Carr, 2017

An artist, advocate, and academic, Troizel Carr is black + alive and that means more than these words can …

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2016 Cohort

Bex Kwan, 2016

Bex Kwan, 2016

Bex Kwan is a multimedia artist, organizer, social worker, and athlete. They are a core trainer with the…

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Lio Mehiel, 2016

Lio Mehiel, 2016

Lio Mehiel (they/them) is a Puerto Rican and Greek non-binary, trans masculine writer, actor, and artist…

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Paul Bedard, 2016

Paul Bedard, 2016

Paul Bedard, 2016 Paul Bedard is a Brooklyn-based theater director. He is an artistic director of Theater in Asylum. His work has appeared at the Hangar, Cherry Lane, IRT, and Dixon Place Theatres,...

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Timothy DuWhite, 2016

Timothy DuWhite, 2016

Ungrateful Black Artist (UGBA – ‘oog ba’) (pronoun inclusive) is a queer poet, rapper, playwright, actor, and…

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2015 Cohort

Joyce Joseph, 2015

Joyce Joseph, 2015

Joyce LeeAnn Joseph is a certified archivist and an interdisciplinary artist whose work aims to redefine…

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Mare Berger, 2015

Mare Berger, 2015

Mare has been playing the piano for 34 years and writing music for a loooong time too. Mare believes in …

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ray ferreira, 2015

ray ferreira, 2015

ray ferreira w h e n a m i a performer of sorts aka multidisciplinary artist aka polymath. She stays playin …

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2014 Cohort

Lolo Haha, 2014

Lolo Haha, 2014

Lolo Haha (he/him) is an organizational consultant, conflict mediator, and communication …

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nyx zierhut, 2014

nyx zierhut, 2014

nyx zierhut is a mixed black tenderqueer performer, poet, healer, organizer, and educator living in …

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Taja Lindley, 2014

Taja Lindley, 2014

Taja Lindley (she/her) is a spirit-led interdisciplinary generative artist creating dynamic and iterative…

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2013 Cohort

Aya Aziz, 2013

Aya Aziz, 2013

Aya Aziz is a songwriter and performance artist based between New York and Beirut, Lebanon. Aya…

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Mon Iker, 2013

Mon Iker, 2013

Mon Iker is an interdisciplinary artist devoted to elevating feminist, social, and environmental justice …

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Rory Golden, 2013

Rory Golden, 2013

Rory Golden creates multi-layered figurative work that deals in a clever and sometimes startling way …

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2012 Cohort

Denae Hannah, 2012

Denae Hannah, 2012

Denae Hannah, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, is a performance artist, social entrepreneur, and Artistic…

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Kirya Traber, 2012

Kirya Traber, 2012

Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded playwright, actress, and cultural worker. She is the lead Community…

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Kyla Searle, 2012

Kyla Searle, 2012

Kyla Searle (she/her) is an artist, producer and activist. Kyla seeks out inquiry and intersection, inspired…

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Sara Lyons, 2012

Sara Lyons, 2012

Sara Lyons is a director who seeks to explode form/politic in new, critically embodied theatre and …

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2011 Cohort

Koby, 2011

Koby, 2011

Koby (she/they) is an artist, writer and social practice facilitator dedicated to dialogical arts …

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Liz Andrews, 2011

Liz Andrews, 2011

Liz Andrews is an artist, curator, and scholar based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BA from Wesleyan …

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Mary Notari, 2011

Mary Notari, 2011

I am a multidisciplinary theater artist, cultural activist, and dork. I firmly believe in live art and …

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2010 Cohort

Kira Neel, 2010

Kira Neel, 2010

Kira Neel is a New York City based performer, educator, and radio journalist. She is a recipient of the…

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2009 Cohort

Dylan Levers, 2009

Dylan Levers, 2009

Dylan Stephen Levers is an NYC-based filmmaker. His short film “this is a film about tom and maddy.” …

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Mieke D, 2009

Mieke D, 2009

MIEKE D (she/they) is a mixed-race genderqueer femme of Asian and European descent. She is an …

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NIC Kay, 2009

NIC Kay, 2009

NIC Kay is from the Bronx, NY. They make performances and organize performative spaces with an un-…

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Zoe Lukov, 2009

Zoe Lukov, 2009

Curator, Emmy-nominated producer, and writer Zoe Lukov develops non-traditional, experimental …

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2008 Inaugural Cohort

Arun Storrs, 2008

Arun Storrs, 2008

Arun was five years old. She was cast as Wendy in her kindergarten’s production of Peter Pan and got to…

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Kim Fischer, 2008

Kim Fischer, 2008

Kim is an actor based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Oakland, California, he’s been a lifelong …

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