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george emilio sánchez developed EmergeNYC’s original curriculum and has been the lead instructor since its inception in 2008. In 2020 Marlène Ramírez-Cancio joined as a co-facilitator of the virtual program, and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo joined her in 2022. Over the years, guest faculty and presenters have included the artists, activists, and scholars below.


2050 Legacy

2050 Lagacy, Guest Faculty 2013

2050 Legacy, Invited Artist Faculty (2013) 2050 Legacy is hip-hop and social justice theater group devoted to continuing the great work of the New WORLD

Aaron Landsman

Aaron Landsman, Guest Faculty 2018

Aaron Landsman, Invited Artist Faculty (2018) Aaron Landsman makes live performances involving people, space, time and language. Based in New York City, his projects range

Abigail Levine

Abigail Levine, Guest Faculty 2021

Abigail Levine, Invited Artist Faculty (2021) Abigail Levine is an artist working between New York and Los Angeles. Rooted in dance but moving across media—performance, text,

Andrés Senra

Andrés Senra, Guest Faculty 2022

Andrés Senra, Invited Artist Faculty (2022) Andrés Senra is a multimedia artivist working in Spain, Berlin and New York. His latest works present the individual and

Ann Pellegrini

Ann Pellegrini, Guest Faculty 2015

Ann Pellegrini, Invited Scholar Faculty (2015) Ann Pellegrini is a Professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. Her books and articles

Carmelita Tropicana

Carmelita Tropicana, Guest Faculty 2008–09

Carmelita Tropicana, Invited Artist Faculty (2008–09) Cuban-born writer/performance artist Carmelita Tropicana received an Obie award in 1999 for “Sustained Excellence” and was named “One of


D’Lo, Guest Faculty 2002

D’Lo, Invited Artist Faculty (2012) D’Lo is a queer Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer. D’Lo has performed and/or facilitated

Dan Fishback

Dan Fishback, Guest Faculty 2012–14

Dan Fishback, Invited Artist Faculty (2012–14) Dan Fishback is a playwright, musician, and founding director of the Helix Queer Performance Network. His musical “The Material

Debra Levine

Debra Levine, Guest Faculty 2012–15

Debra Levine, Invited Scholar Faculty (2012–15) Debra Levine received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and her MFA in Theatre from Columbia

Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor, Guest Faculty 2009–13

Diana Taylor, Invited Scholar Faculty (2009–13) Diana Taylor is a University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is

Dulce Pinzón

Dulce Pinzón, Guest Faculty 2009

Dulce Pinzón, Invited Artist Faculty (2009) Dulce Pinzón was born in Mexico City in 1974. She studied Mass Media Communications at the Universidad de Las

Ed Woodham

Ed Woodham, Guest Faculty 2013–2019

Ed Woodham, Invited Artist Faculty (2013–19) Ed Woodham has been active in community art, education, and civic interventions across media and culture for over twenty-five

ERRO Grupo

ERRO Grupo, Guest Faculty 2013

ERRO Grupo, Invited Artist Faculty (2013) ERRO Grupo was founded in 2001 in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brasil. The group’s artistic practice explores the construction of

Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez, Guest Faculty 2013

Favianna Rodriguez, Invited Artist Faculty (2013) Favianna Rodríguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social


Fulana, Guest Faculty 2009–2019

Fulana, Invited Artist Faculty (2009-2019) Fulana is a media collective that was founded in 2000 by four New York-based Latina artists joined by a love

Iván Monforte

Iván Monforte, Guest Faculty 2022

Iván Monforte, Invited Artist Faculty (2022) Iván Monforte (he/they) is a New York City-based artist who uses conceptual strategies to explore themes of race, class,

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller, Guest Faculty 2016

Jennifer Miller, Invited Artist Faculty (2016) Jennifer Miller is a playwright, performer and the director and founder of Circus Amok. She has been working with

Leónidas Martín

Leónidas Martín, Guest Faculty 2010

Leónidas Martín, Invited Artist Faculty (2010) Leónidas Martín is a Professor at Barcelona University where he teaches New Media and Political Art. For many years

Lorie Novak

Lorie Novak, Guest Faculty 2009

Lorie Novak, Invited Artist Faculty (2009) Lorie Novak’s photographs, installations, and internet projects have been in numerous exhibitions including solo exhibitions at The International Center

Martha Wilson

Martha Wilson, Guest Faculty 2011

Martha Wilson, Invited Artist Faculty (2011) Martha Wilson (b. 1947) is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created

Marya Warshaw

Marya Warshaw, Guest Faculty 2011

Marya Warshaw, Invited Artist Faculty (2011) Warshaw is the Founding Executive/Artistic Director of BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, an organization she led for nearly thirty years. During

nia love

nia love, Guest Faculty 2022

nia love, Invited Artist Faculty (2022) nia love a Black, indigenous, American woman, dancer, choreographer, diver, and mother, whose practice is anchored and immersed in

Paloma McGregor

Paloma McGregor, Guest Faculty 2014

Paloma McGregor, Invited Artist Faculty (2014) Paloma McGregor originally from St. Croix, is an award-winning artist and organizer living in Harlem. Paloma’s work centers Black voices

Patrícia Hoffbauer

Patrícia Hoffbauer, Guest Faculty 2012–18

Patrícia Hoffbauer, Invited Artist Faculty (2012–18) Patrícia Hoffbauer is a NY dance artist originally from Brazil who has collaborated with many artists, including writer/performer George

Peggy Shaw

Peggy Shaw, Guest Faculty 2010–13

Peggy Shaw, Invited Artist Faculty (2010–13) Peggy Shaw is a performer, writer, producer, and teacher of writing and performance. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow,

Priscilla Marrero

Priscilla Marrero, Guest Faculty 2022

Priscilla Marrero, Invited Artist Faculty (2022) Priscilla Marrero is an experimental performing + teaching artista from sunny Seminole, Taíno and Tequesta land, also known as

Reverent Billy

Reverend Billy, Guest Faculty 2008–10

Reverent Billy, Invited Artist Faculty (2008–10) Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that Consumerism is overwhelming in our lives. The corporations want

Robert Farid Karimi

Robert Farid Karimi, Guest Faculty 2021

Robert Farid Karimi, Invited Artist Faculty (2021) With 25 years of expertise as cross-disciplinary performer, poet, educator, conceptual dramaturg, and social engagement artist, Robert Farid

Soomi Kim

Soomi Kim, Guest Faculty 2013

Soomi Kim, Invited Artist Faculty (2013) Soomi Kim is a Korean born, New York City based actor/movement artist (dancer, stage combat/martial arts, choreographer, former gymnast).

Marta Jovanović

Susana Cook

Marta Jovanović, 2013 Marta Jovanović (b. 1978, Belgrade, Serbia) constructs scenarios in which she interrogates politics, identity, beauty, and sexuality. Jovanović received her Bachelor of

Susana Cook

Susana Cook, Guest Faculty 20011–17

Susana Cook, Invited Artist Faculty (2011–17) Susana Cook, born in Argentina, is a New York-based playwright, director, and performer who has been producing original work

Tavia Nyong'o

Tavia Nyong’o, Guest Faculty 2014

Tavia Nyong’o, Invited Scholar Faculty (2014) Tavia Nyong’o is a Professor of African-American Studies, American Studies, and Theatre and Performance Studies at Yale University. His

The Illuminator

The Illuminator, Guest Faculty 2016

The Illuminator, Invited Artist Faculty (2016) The Illuminator is an art-activist collective comprised of visual artists, educators, filmmakers, and technologists living and working in New

Tim Miller

Tim Miller, Guest Faculty 2011

Tim Miller, Invited Artist Faculty (2011) Tim Miller is an internationally acclaimed performance artist. Miller’s creative work as a performer and writer explores the artistic,


UNIVERSES, Guest Faculty 2011

UNIVERSES, Invited Artist Faculty (2011) Universes is a National / International ensemble Company of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse Poetry, Theater, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Politics,