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Visiting Artists & Scholars


Recent Visiting Artists to the Theater Division:



Bill Bowers- As an actor, mime and educator, Bill Bowers has traveled throughout all 50 of the United States and across Europe.His play IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING,has been produced Off Broadway to critical raves as well as at the Rattlestick Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival, Adirondack Theater Festival, the Historic Asolo, Two River Theater, Passage Theater, and venues throughout the U.S.

His Broadway credits include Zazu in THE LION KING, and Leggett in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL.He appeared with John Turturro in THE SOULS OF NAPLES in New York and Italy.Other NYC credits include EST, Urban Stages, Here, LA MAMA, St. Anne's Warehouse, and the NY Fringe Festival.Bill's regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse, Rep of St. Louis, Arkansas Rep, George Street Playhouse, Montana Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse, the Denver Center, and the Eugene O'Neill Center.

Critics have hailed Bill as "a great American mime", winning the Dallas Ft Worth Critics Award, Best of the Berkshires, the New York Times Critics Pick of the Week, and Outstanding Solo Play at the International Fresh Fruit Festival and the International United Solo Festival.

Bill holds an MFA from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, and an Honorary PhD from his alma mater, Rocky Mountain College.

He presently teaches at the Neighborhood Playhouse, New York University, the William Esper Studio, and Stella Adler Studio of Acting.He regularly presents workshops and master classes, and has studied with the legendary Marcel Marceau.




Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and Co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning geek theatre company, Vampire Cowboys.

Recent scripts include the hip-hop musical Krunk Fu Battle Battle (East West Players), Soul Samurai (Ma-Yi Theater & Vampire Cowboys), Bike Wreck (Ensemble Studio Theater), Aliens versus Cheerleaders (Keen Teens), and the widely critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of Fight Girl Battle World and Alice In Slasherland. Time Out New York cited Qui as one of ten downtown "Playwrights to Watch" and The New York Times has praised Qui's writing as "culturally savvy comedy" and "ambitious entertainment". Qui is a proud member of New Dramatists, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Playwrights Center. Currently, his writing can be seen in HERE's production of Lush Valley and coming this February 2012 will be the Off-Broadway run of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G at Theater Row being produced by Ma-Yi Theater and Vampire Cowboys.




Robert Ross Parker is a Brooklyn based theatre artist. He is the co-artistic director of the Obie award winning Vampire Cowboys with Qui Nguyen (Nguyen, he, and the company were listed among's 2004 people of the year.) For Vampire Cowboys he has co-authored and directed Vampire Cowboy Trilogy (published by New York Theatre Experience), and A Beginner's Guide to Decide, and directed Soul Samurai, Fight Girl Battle World (nominated IT award for best direction, best production, winner best ensemble) Men of Steel, Living Dead in Denmark, and Alice in Slasherland. Other recent directing credits include Goodbye Cruel World (Roundtable Ensemble) Hamlet{solo} (Edinburgh 07, SoloNOVA 08 at PS 122, Canadian tour) Children's Letters to God (national tour), Stained Glass Ugly, Slicing Andre (both by Nguyen) Lady Convoy (NYC Fringe) and numerous readings for Ensemble Studio Theatre where he spent a season as young director in residence. At the Toronto Fringe Robert directed Pseudolus and A Midsummer Night's Dream Project for Cabbagetown Theatre. He was the associate director for Silent Laughter off Broadway, the assistant director for High Fidelity on Broadway and has assistant directed at many theatres including, EST, People's Light and Theatre Co, Toronto's Soulpepper and Barrington Stage Co where he served as assistant to the artistic director. For LAByrinth Theatre he co-produced the Barn Series in 2002 & 2003. Robert is a graduate of Ottawa's Arts Canterbury High School and its BOFA improv team. He holds a BFA in theatre performance from Concordia University (Henry Gamer award for acting) and an MFA in directing from Ohio University. He is the editor of The Dramatist, the Journal of the Dramatists Guild of America. 

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International performance/sculptural artist, Sha Sha Higby is known for her evocative and haunting performances using the exquisite and ephemeral body sculpture she meticulously creates herself and moves within. Elaborate sculptural costume, dance , and puppetry explore magic and emotion, creating an atmospheric world within the borders between death and life. Higby started out making dolls and pursued the art of puppetry and sculpture in her early years which evolved into “moving sculpture.” Ms. Higby has performed her unique body of work throughout the United States, and internationally in Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Slovak, Bulgaria, Singapore, Australia, Switzerland, England, Belgium, Germany and Holland. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Theater Artist Fellowship, The Zellerbach Family Fund, the California Arts Council New Genre Individual Artist Fellowship.