Performing Arts Fellowship


The purpose of the Performing Arts Fellowship is to acknowledge and encourage the careers of established, professional Utah artists demonstrating exceptional creativity in, and dedication to, the performing arts. The Performing Arts Fellowship Program seeks to support professional and committed Utah artists reaching pivotal moments in their artistic careers. Applicants are expected to demonstrate why now is the appropriate time in their career for this one-time award. The Performing Arts Fellowship is not an award to support a specific art project, recognition of lifetime achievement, or for artists just beginning their careers.

Four $5,000 fellowships will be awarded to performing artists annually. Performing arts disciplines will rotate every three years between dance, music, and theatre. This year will focus on dance applicants.

Applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their practice through quality work samples and documentation. Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program.

Application will open in January 2021 and will close February 2021.

Please read the guidelines thoroughly.

2021 Fellowship Guidelines - Coming Soon

2020 Fellows - Music

Corey Christiansen

Artists Website
Juror Statement

A recording artist, writer, educator and performer, he has played and taught in literally every type of situation around the globe for the last decade. “Awakening,” Corey’s first CD as a leader, was the initial release on Mel Bay Records in 2004 and since then has released six other recordings to critical acclaim throughout the jazz community. Corey currently teaches at Utah State University and was on faculty at the famed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University from 2008-2013. He is also an artist-in-residence at Atlanta Institute of Music (Atlanta, GA).

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

Artists Website
Juror Statement

Born in the "Charm City" of Baltimore,Dee-Dee has ben delighting audiences with her mixture of jazz standards, R&B, soul and funk for a quarter of a century.While making sweet sounds Dee-Dee also discovered the acting bug and has performed in countless regional theater productions and discovered her love of jazz while performing to sold out shows in the lead role in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill for Pygmalion Theater Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. Folks have been lining up to see her ever since. 

Gavin Ryan

Artists Website
Juror Statement

A native of Payson, Utah, Gavin Ryan has performed throughout the United States, as well as Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Haiti and China. He founded and directs Gamelan Madu Kencana, a community Balinese gamelan based in Provo. He performs and records regularly with groups as diverse as Utah Symphony, Book On Tape Worm, MT Pit, House of Lewis, NOVA Chamber Music, Salt Lake City 7, and Bones Jugs. From 2016-2017, Ryan was a Fulbright Fellow researching gamelan selonding in Bali, Indonesia. He currently teaches percussion at Utah Valley University.

Joshua Strauther - Joshy Soul

Artists Website
Juror Statement

Joshua, “Joshy Soul”, Strauther was born in Long Beach, California, and now has been resident in Salt Lake City for 9 years. I am a singer, songwriter, pianist, and performer. I started teaching myself piano at 18 and then 4 years later, became professional playing and writing for other artists. My music is inspired by my travels to different countries, activism, and paying respects to different songwriters of the pass. 

2020 Juror

Juror Statement about Fellowship Applicants 
Our 2020 juror was very impressed with the applications and wanted to share his thoughts to all applicants.

Brian Wagner

Brian Wagner is a lifelong participant in, and advocate for, the arts. He served as Community Arts Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) from 2007 to 2019. He managed a variety of grants and programs. His portfolio included operating support grants for Oregon’s largest music institution and the nationally recognized Arts Build Communities. Prior to joining the OAC he was Executive Director of the Durango Arts Center in Southwest Colorado and oversaw the successful purchase, capitol fund drive, renovation and operation of a 17,000 sq.ft. facility in an historic downtown district. The Center includes multiple galleries, a theater, teaching studio space, and an art sales shop. While in Durango he founded and taught in the classical guitar studies program at Fort Lewis College. Brian also served as the Chair of the Marylhurst University Music Department where he was also a teaching faculty member. Brian was named a Livingston Fellow by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, was a board member of Arts For Colorado, was appointed by Governors Bill Ritter and Bill Owens to serve on the Colorado Education and Cultural Facilities Authority and was a Peer Assistance Network provider for the Colorado Council on the Arts. Throughout his professional career he concurrently taught and performed on the Classical guitar. Wagner earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music from Lewis and Clark College and participated in postgraduate studies at Stanford University.


Jason Bowcutt
Performing Arts