The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. One Gallatin faculty member and an alumnus have been named as 2015 fellows: filmmaker and Gallatin professor Keith Miller was named a fellow in the field of Film–Video and the playwright Kristoffer Diaz (BA ’99) was named a fellow in the field of Drama and Performance Art. Guggenheim fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
Keith Miller received funding for "The Whitman Project," and his plan to develop ten films set within the Walt Whitman Houses, located in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. Miller’s most recent feature film, Five Star, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won Best Editing for a Narrative Feature. The film had its international premiere at the 2014 Venice Film Festival and will have wide theatrical release in the summer of 2015. Miller's first feature film, Welcome to Pine Hill, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival, the Fipresci Grand Jury Prize for New American Cinema at the Seattle International Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize for Performance at the Sarasota Film Festival and an Honorable Mention at the Nashville Film Festival. Miller teaches at Gallatin and is the curator of the Gallatin Galleries.
Kristoffer Diaz is a playwright and educator whose full-length works include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Welcome to Arroyo’s, The Upstairs Concierge, and The Unfortunates. He was awarded a 2011 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, a 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, a 2011 OBIE Award, Best New American Play, and was granted the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship from The Public Theater in 2011. He was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His work has been produced, commissioned, and developed at The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Theater Company, The Atlantic, InterAct, Mixed Blood, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Repertory, among many others.
For more information on the fellows and their projects on the Foundation's website.