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The Scholars in Residence program is for emerging artists, writers and curators. This one to two-year residency as a teaching fellow is for post-graduate artists and scholars either in the School of Art, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre & Dance, Creative Writing Program or Blaffer Art Museum. This program provides experience and connections to launch artistic and academic careers to the next level. Calls are annual or bi-annual and are posted on the Human Resources careers page under “Faculty & Librarian Employment.” If available, it will be listed as “Scholar in Residence, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center.”  

2022-23 Season

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Josie Mitchell

Josie Mitchell is a Mitchell Center Scholar in Residence in the Creative Writing Program. She also teaches with Inprint, Grackle & Grackle and WITS. Her work can be found in Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Boneshaker, Vancouver Contemporary Museum and elsewhere. She was a recipient of the Houston Arts Alliance Support for Artists and Creative Individuals 2020 grant. Mitchell is from San Diego, California and is at work on a novel-in-stories set there.

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Key'Aira Lockett

Key’Aira Lockett is a Mitchell Center Scholar in Residence in the Dance Program in the School of Theatre & Dance. She received her M.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from Hollins University in Frankfurt, Germany. During her theoretical thesis process at Hollins, she investigated classical dance culture through a racial lens, using identity politics and queer theory as means to confront, critique and discover new ways of showing up in the world as a “Black Dancing Body." 

Lockett has choreographed for numerous companies and institutions and taught contemporary dance and interdisciplinary studies at Up Academy Holland, The Boston Conservatory, Fenway High School, and Berklee College of Music. She is now a bi-city freelance artist working mostly out of Boston, MA, where she is also a Dance Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art and a consultant for Black Market Nubian. In 2021, Lockett was awarded “The Emerging Filmmakers Award” at the Roxbury International Film Festival for her directorial debut for “Roxbury Love Story.”