Matthew Goulish co-founded Goat Island in 1987, and Every house has a door in 2008. His books include 39 Microlectures - in proximity of performance (Routledge, 2000), The Brightest Thing in the World - 3 lectures from The Institute of Failure (Green Lantern Press, 2012), and Work from Memory, a collaboration with the poet Dan Beachy- Quick (Ahsahta, 2012). He was awarded a Lannan Foundation Writers Residency in 2004. In 2007 he received an honorary Ph.D. from Dartington College of Arts, University of Plymouth, and he shared the United States Artists Ziporyn Fellowship in 2009 with Lin Hixson. He teaches in the MFA and BFA Writing Programs of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lin Hixson is co-founder and director of Every house has a door, and was the director of the performance group Goat Island. She is Full Professor of Performance at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received an honorary doctorate from Dartington College of Arts, University of Plymouth, in 2007. She was awarded the United States Artists Ziporyn Fellowship in 2009. Her writing on directing, choreography, and performance has been published in the journals Poetry, The Drama Review, Frakcija, Performance Research, and Women and Performance; and included in the anthologies Small Acts of Repair - Performance, Ecology, and Goat Island; Live - Art and Performance; and Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History.

Mark Jeffery is a Chicago based performance/installation artist, curator and Assistant Professor in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 1993 Mark Jeffery has developed unconventional collaborations with visual artists, scholars, video artists, sound artists, new media and code artists, dancers, choreographers, curators, and writers. His works often involve public participation. He is curator of the IN>TIME performance series hosted by multiple venues here as well as several other curatorial projects around Chicago. Mark Jeffery was a former member of the internationally renowned Goat Island Performance Group from 1996 - 2009. He collaborated and performed in 5 of Goat Island's works, touring and teaching extensively across North America and Europe.

2022 Visiting Lectures
To Be Announced


Alan Read, Professor of Theatre in the Department of English, School of Arts and Humanities at King's College, London
John Mullarkey, Professor of Film and Television Studies at Kingston University, London
Laura Cull, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies and Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Arts, University of Surrey
Daniel Sack, Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow 2010-2013; English, Amherst College and University of Massachusetts
Rebecca Schneider, Brown University. Associate Professor. Chair, Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Dr. Paul Clarke, GWR Fellow, Performing the Archive: The Future of the Past Bristol University, UK
Dr. Jane Blocker, Writer and Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Art History Department, University of Minnesota
Augusto Corrieri, performance artist and writer
Judith Leemann, Professor Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Kenneth Bailey, Design Studio for Social Intervention, Sector Organizing and Strategy Lead
Branislav Jakovljevic , Professor and Department Chair, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University
Jorge Lucero, Artist and Associate Professor of Art Education in the School of Art + Design at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Kélina Gotman, Writer and Associate Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies at King’s College London
Cortney Lederer, CNL Projects, ART-IN-PLACE with Terrain Exhibitions