The performing arts fellowship rotates between the three departments in the Division of Performing Arts: the Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre Arts, and the School of Music.

The 2020-21 Grant Wood Fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance--Theatre will open in December 2019.

The University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts seeks applications from emerging to mid-career artists in dance, choreography and/or performance for the Grant Wood Fellowship Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.  We are looking for a dance artist whose creative research is rooted in rigorous body-based studio practice and whose work traverses interdisciplinary and conceptual boundaries as a means of innovating. While in residence, fellows have opportunities for collaboration, creating new work, and sharing their expertise with our students and community. We especially welcome candidates of diverse social identities to join our faculty, and to contribute to the heterogeneous and multi-perspective culture of our Department.

The Fellow will receive:

  • An appointment as a Grant Wood Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance.
  • $40,000 salary and benefits
  • Private office
  • Furnished housing (off- campus residence)

Fellowship Recipient Responsibilities

• Teach one course each in the fall and the spring semesters, which could include advanced courses in movement techniques and/or choreography

• Present a public lecture and a performance of work, limited production support will be available

• Participate in limited public outreach/promotion activities (e.g.: discussion of your work with a local arts organizations, workshops, showings, and performances)

Required Qualifications

MFA degree in Dance. Teaching experience at the University level, creative research rooted in rigorous body-based studio practice; demonstrated ability to work across disciplines in the visual and performing arts (i.e. visual art, digital arts, music, and/or theater), and record of innovation in creative research.

Desirable Qualifications

We welcome candidates whose practices sit at intersections of concert dance idioms and/or global or community-based dance forms.

Submission Information

The University of Iowa is not currently accepting submissions to the Grant Wood Fellowship program.


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Careena Melia leads Titus workshop

Current Fellow

Tony Orrico, Casa Wabi Residency, Oaxaca, MX. Photo by Alex De la Peña

Tony Orrico

Tony Orrico’s work has reached mass circulation for its ingenuity within the intersections of performance and drawing. His work explores how consciousness and physical impulses manifest into visible forms. He uses his own somatic research, Suspension Practice, as point of entry into his visual work...Read more