Fellowship Overview

The Center for Ballet and the Arts & National Sawdust Partnership is a one-year collaboration that supports 45 appointed female, trans, and non-binary composers and choreographers, with the aim of creating new works in the virtual medium. The program aims to help these individuals develop their skills, create and present new work, and build a community of like-minded artists that will meaningfully advance their careers.

Thank you to the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation for making this partnership possible.


About the Program

The program will support five “Toulmin Fellows” and forty “Toulmin Creators.” Each will receive a package of financial, intellectual, and creative resources to support development of new work.

Both Fellows and Creators will be provided with professional development in the form of 20 master classes and seminars on such topics as intellectual property, improvisation, and arts criticism. They will also receive access to National Sawdust’s (NS) Digital Knowledge Hub, which will share and document NS’ extensive mentorship program to accompany its digital stage.

The Toulmin Fellows will spend the winter in residence at CBA and the spring at NS, building toward participation in NS’ Digital Discovery Festival (DDF). They will also receive mentorship from established arts practitioners and scholars who offer deep knowledge and experience in their mediums. They will provide Fellows with personalized feedback, career support, and connections to their robust professional networks.

The forty Toulmin Creators will participate in DDF and/or in seminars offered to CBA’s community of artists and scholars.


2020-2021 Toulmin Fellows

Amy Hall Garner, Choreographer

Molly Joyce, Composer

Marisa Michelson, Composer, Singer, and Improviser and Miriam Parker, Interdisciplinary Artist

Brianna Mims, Artist, Abolitionist, and Facilitator


2020-2021 Toulmin Creators

Holland Andrews, Vocalist, Composer, and Performance Artist | Eliza Bagg, Vocalist and Experimental Musician | Stefanie Batten Bland, Choreographer and Movement Director | Sidra Bell, Artistic Director, Sidra Bell Dance New York | Galya Bisengalieva, Composer and Violinist | Hope Boykin, Choreographer | Ayodele Casel, Dancer/Choreographer | Maria Chavez, Abstract Turntablist, Sound Artist and DJ | Helga Davis, Vocalist and Performance Artist | Dormeshia, Performer, Choreographer, Instructor | Izzi Eberstadt, Composer, Singer, Performer | Kate Eberstadt, Composer, Singer, Performer | inti figgis-vizueta, Composer | Gwendolyn Hope Gussman, Performing Artist, Choreographer and Movement Teacher | Samar Haddad King, Choreographer/Writer | Alicia Hall Moran, Mezzo-soprano and Composer | Francesca Harper, Choreographer | Hannah Ishizaki, Composer | JLin, Producer | Ausia Jones, Artist and Choreographer | Maurya Kerr, Choreographer, Educator, Performer, Poet, and Artistic Director of tinypistol | Bridget Kibbey, Harpist/Producer | Yaz Lancaster, Violinist, Vocalist and Steel-Pannist | Loni Landon, Dancer, Choreographer, and Movement Consultant | Amyra Leon, Musician, Author, Director, and Activist | Allison Loggins Hull, Flutist, Composer, and Producer | Aditi Mangaldas, Dancer and Choreographer | JL Marlor, Composer and Educator | Jessie Montgomery, Composer | Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Composer | Okwui Okpokwasili, Composer | Caili Quan, Choreographer | Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director | Hannah Schneider, Conductor | Alesandra Seutin, Performer, Choreographer, and Teacher | Alice Sheppard, Choreographer | Valeria Solomonoff, Choreographer | Rajna Swaminathan, Mrudangam Artist, Composer, Scholar | Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Composer, Singer, Healer, Scholar | Ogemdi Ude, Dance Artist and Educator