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The Eminent Artist-in-Residence Endowment
In 2008, Wyoming's second state-endowed professorship, the Eminent-Artist-in-Residence, was funded by the Excellence in Higher Education Endowment through the Wyoming State Legislature, and awarded to UW's three Fine Arts departments - Art, Music, and Theatre & Dance - on a rotating basis. The Wyoming State Legislature established the endowment in 2006 to create senior faculty positions for "highly distinguished scholars and teachers." The first endowed professorship went to UW’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.
To date, UW Theatre & Dance has hosted three Eminent-Artists-in-Residence, including:
2014-2015 Eminent Artists-in-Residence: ACTORS FROM THE LONDON STAGE
Members of the celebrated Actors from the London Stage were in residency during spring 2015 to set three Shakespearean plays on UW THD students in the AFTLS style, and a touring group from AFTLS gave two performances of MACBETH in March.
2011-2012 Eminent Artists-in-Residence: BILL T. JONES /ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY
The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance was thrilled to host the celebrated Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as the 2011-2012 Eminent Artists-in-Residence.
2008-2009 Eminent-Artist-in-Residence, Bill Bowers
International mime sensation, professional director, and acclaimed Broadway actor Bill Bowers was the University of Wyoming's first "Eminent Artist-in-Residence" during the 2008-2009 academic year.