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.

2021 Visiting Lectures
Anthony Romero is a Boston-based artist, writer, and organizer committed to documenting and supporting artists and communities of color. Recent projects and performances have been featured at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha), the Blue Star Contemporary (San Antonio), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston) and the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Biennial (Calgary, Canada). Publications include The Social Practice That Is Race, coauthored with Dan S. Wang, and the exhibition catalogue Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements, of which he was the editor. He is a 2019-2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the City of Boston.

Andrea Rexilius is the author of the poetry collections: Sister Urn (Sidebrow Books, Spring 2019), New Organism: Essais (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine Editions, 2012), and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011), as well as the chapbooks, Afterworld (above/ground press, 2020), Sèance (Coconut Books, 2014), and To Be Human (Horseless Press, 2010). She earned a B.A. in English from Sonoma State University (2002), an M.F.A. in Poetry from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005), and a Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Denver (2010). Andrea is Program Director for the Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University. She also teaches in the Poetry Collective at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.

Cortney Lederer is an arts consultant, project manager and educator. From 2011-14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs: BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. As of June 2014, Cortney launched CNL Projects (CNL) to provide project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in curating, project management, program design and development. Cortney launched the initiative PROMPT, an artist dinner series intended to create space to build community, share stories, resources and skills. CNL recently partnered with Terrain Exhibitions to launch, ART-IN-PLACE inviting artists to exhibit an original work of art outside their home or from a window visible to the public between May 20- June 20, 2020. This collective action provides artists and community members in Chicagoland neighborhoods (and beyond) with a sense of hope and connectivity through the experience of public art during an unprecedented moment of isolation. Cortney is faculty in the Arts Administration and Policy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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