TWO-YEAR APPOINTMENT: Singer/songwriter/storyteller Kamara Thomas has been selected along with choreographer and disability advocate Christopher “Unpezverde” Nunez as a Princeton Arts Fellow for 2022-24. (Photo by Derrick Beasley)
Choreographer, educator and disability advocate Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez and singer-songwriter Kamara Thomas have been named Princeton University Arts Fellows for 2022-2024 by the Lewis Center for the Arts, and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration in September.
The Lewis Center Arts Fellows Program provides support to early-career artists who have demonstrated both extraordinary promise and a record of achievement in their fields with the opportunity to continue their work while teaching in a liberal arts context. Scholars are selected for a two-year residency to teach a course each semester or, instead of a course, to undertake an artistic assignment that deeply engages undergraduate students, such as directing a play, directing a musical ensemble or choreograph a dance piece. Scholars are expected to be active members of the University’s intellectual and artistic community during their residency, and in return they receive the resources and spaces necessary for their work.
Both artists were selected by faculty at the Lewis Center for the Arts and Princeton’s music department from a large, diverse and versatile pool of more than 700 applicants in dance, music, creative writing, theater and visual arts.
“We had our largest pool of applicants this year, across all disciplines,” notes Stacy Wolf, scholarship director, theater teacher and director of the musical theater program. “Christopher and Kamara will be phenomenal additions to our community as artists and teachers, and we are thrilled to support their work over the next two years.”
Born in Costa Rica, Núñez is a New York-based visually impaired choreographer, educator and accessibility consultant. His performances have been presented at the Brooklyn Museum for The Immigrant Artist Biennale, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theatre, Danspace Project, Movement Research at The Judson Church, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Battery Dance Festival, Performance Mix Festival and Dixon. Location, among others. As a performer, his most recent collaborations include Dress for civil rights by William Pope L, presented at the Museum of Modern Art.
Thomas is a multidisciplinary singer, songwriter, storyteller and, as she puts it, “a spelling and mythology fanatic” based in Durham, NC. ritual and visual elements, including films, masks, archival documents and photographs. Working with Denver-based theater company Band of Toughs, Thomas is currently developing ‘Tularosa: An American Dreamtime,’ a story based on his 2022 album of the same name, which explores the American psyche through western mythology. American. She has created commissioned works for Cassilhaus, Duke University and the University of North Carolina.