Mellon Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists


Laura Attridge is a dynamic young maker of opera and theatre, and Artistic Director of And So Forth. As a writer, Laura has had poetry published in prestigious magazines and zines including The Rialto and Mslexia, and is featured in the new anthology Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets. Her song cycles have been premiered at Glyndebourne, the Royal College of Music (RCM), the National Gallery and Bard College (New York). Her works for the stage include Now (2014, RCM and Tête-à-Tête Festival), Damsel/Wife/Witch (2015, And So Forth), P.U.C.K.(2016, RCM), First Date (2017, Sound Festival), Belongings (2017, Glyndebourne), and Then to the elements (2018, Scottish Opera). Laura is based in London. For more information, visit










Shailesh Bahoran is a versatile hiphop dancer and choreographer who distinguishes himself through his phenomenal technique, originality and expression. He has firm roots in the hiphop culture but is certainly not afraid to think outside the box. “In the end it’s all dance” according to Bahoran.

At the end of the nineties the breakdance virus took hold of him. He mastered various styles: bboying, locking and popping and made a name for himself and for his crew Illusionary Rockaz in the battle circuit. In 2002, Shailesh and the Rockaz created the first Dutch hip-hop dance performance Age of Chaos. Since then he has become a much sought-after dancer, coach, and choreographer in the theater scene. He has worked with companies and groups such as The Dutch National Ballet, Don’t Hit Mama, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, and the Amsterdam Academy for the Arts. Since 2011, Shailesh is connected with the crossover dance company ISH as a dancer and choreographer.

In 2013 he received the New Makers subsidy from the Fonds Podiumkunsten. In the productions to be made during this development program, Bahoran will use his Hindustani background as a source of inspiration. These productions are produced by Spin Off and Korzo production in collaboration with Ish. His first solo, Heritage, which he created in this course for the India Dance Festival, was nominated for the Danspublieksprijs 2014.






Neo Muyanga is a composer, musician and librettist. Born in Soweto, he studied madrigal singing in Trieste, Italy. In 1996 he co-founded (with Masauko Chipembere) the aoustic pop duo, Blk Sonshine, and in 2008, co-founded (with Ntone Edjabe) the Pan African Space Station, a platform that hosts cutting-edge Pan African music and sound art on the internet. His recorded albums include: Blk Sonshine (1999), the listening room (2003), fire famine plague and earthquake (2007), good life (2009), Dipalo (2011), Second-hand reading (2016) and toro tse sekete (2015). His other published works include the music plays, memory of how it feels (2010), the flower of shembe (2012) and the opera, heart of redness (2015). An alumnus of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (2016), he was also named Composer-in-residence at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (2017) and the National Arts Festival of South Africa (2017). He tours widely both as a solo performer, bandleader, choir conductor. Neo has collaborated with activists working to make a fairer world including, Sonke Gender Justice, Equal Education, The Community Development Resource Association and as a research affiliate at the University of Cape Town’s Drama School and the Centre for African Studies, the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California in Irvine and is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Institute.












The goal of the Artist in Residence Program is to integrate the arts throughout the liberal arts curriculum, to help foster and develop strong alliances and partnerships between those individual and institutions devoted to the practice of art (e.g., Davis Museum, Music and Art departments, CAMS and Theatre Studies programs) and the rest of the College.


Majel Connery is a vocalist, composer, producer and musicologist. She served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Berkeley 2013-15, and is currently Mohr Visiting Artist 2016-17 at Stanford University as part of a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw and the Saint Lawrence String Quartet. This year, her composer collective, Oracle Hysterical, releases its first album, "Passionate Pilgrim," on Vision into Art/NAXOS, and debuts a commission from Grammy-nominated ensemble A Far Cry at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Recent honors include a USA Artist Fellowship nomination, and a New Music USA Award (with Oracle Hysterical). Connery is co-founder and Executive & Artistic Director of avant-garde opera company Opera Cabal, and has commissioned, produced and performed in projects with the company including works by Caroline Shaw, G.F. Haas and Lewis Nielson. Connery graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in music composition and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in ethnomusicology and musicology. She is honored to be a Mellon Visiting Artist at the Newhouse Center.










Thomas Tsang was born in Borneo, Malaysia. Trained in architecture, Tsang works as an artist and curator based in Hong Kong, and is founder of DEHOW PROJECTS. His work integrates artistic practice with architecture in installations and exhibitions. Tsang’s curatorial projects include Cloud of Unknowing: A City with Seven Streets (2014) at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (with Roan Ching-yueh); Grand Opening Projects (2013–2015) at Miniature Museum, Beijing; and Mobile Biennale (2018). Publications include On the Edge: Ten Architects from China (2007). He also recently served as the moderator for a MoMA symposium on the publication Open City: An Existential Approach (2015). Tsang is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Shinkenchiku-sha Prize, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. He is the first architect to receive the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Tsang is current Mellon Visiting Artist at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. He studied at Cooper Union and China Academy of Art, and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong.




A recipient of the Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize, Ken Ueno is a composer, extended vocalist, and cross-disciplinary artist, who is currently an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Kim Kashkashian, BMOP, the Del Sol String Quartet, Steve Schick and the SFCMP, Alarm Will Sound, and Frances-Marie Uitti have championed his music. Ueno’s work has been performed at such venues and festivals as MaerzMusik, Ars Musica, Warsaw Autumn, MusikTriennale Köln Festival, the Muziekgebouw, Spoleto USA, and Lincoln Center. The Hilliard Ensemble featured his Shiroi Ishi in their repertoire for over a decade. Eighth Blackbird toured nationally with his Pharmakon during their 2001-2003 seasons. Ueno has performed as soloist in his vocal concerto with orchestras in Boston, New York, Poland, Lithuania, Thailand, California, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina. His installations have shown at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the MUAC in Mexico City, the Inside-Out Museum, Art Basel, and at Wolfsburg Castle. Ueno holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and his bio appears in The Grove Dictionary of American Music.