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.

2020 Visiting Lectures and Partners
Kélina Gotman is Reader (Associate Professor) in Theatre and Performance Studies at King's College London, and author of Choreomania: Dance and Disorder (Oxford Studies in Dance Theory, Oxford University Press, 2018), Essays on Theatre and Change: Towards a Poetics Of (Routledge, 2018), co-editor of Foucault's Theatres (Manchester University Press, 2019), and editor of the forthcoming three-volume Theories of Performance (Bloomsbury, 2021). She writes widely on the cultural and critical studies of science, disciplines and institutions, dance history and theory, performance, translation, critical cultures of writing, and interdisciplinary approaches to movement and the history of thought. She has collaborated widely on dance, theatre and post-opera productions across Europe and North America, and consults regularly for galleries and performance projects. In summer 2019, she was Friedrich Holderlin Guest Professor in Comparative Dramaturgy at the Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt, and has held visiting, honorary or guest positions among others at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, Bard College, the Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts at The New School, and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London. She is currently developing a body of work around practices of truthful speech.

Jorge Lucero is a Mexican-American artist who currently serves as Associate Professor of Art Education in the School of Art + Design at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jorge is the editor of the book Mere and Easy: Collage as a Critical Practice in Pedagogy and co-editor (with Laura Shaeffer) of The Compound Yellow Manual of Prompts, Provocations, Permissions & Parameters for Everyday Practice. He is the author of Teacher as Artist-in-Residence: The most radical form of expression to ever exist (published in partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and 33 teachers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia) and the forthcoming, STUDYCOLLECTION: Repository for conviviality. Currently, Jorge is the co-editor of the scholarly journal Visual Arts Research and previously served as the Instructional Resource Editor for the journal Art Education. He's an assistant editor for the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. His most recent project Conceptual Art & Teaching is a platform through which the intersections of contemporary art and education are examined - and generated from - for the sake of a more fully integrated teaching-as-art practice.

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.

The Co-Prosperity Sphere is an experimental cultural center located in the neighborhood of Bridgeport and home office of Public Media Institute. The space showcases work by artists, performers and cultural workers of all stripes and hosts between 30-40 events and exhibitions annually, serving over 20,000 individuals each year. Public Media Institute is a community based art & culture organization with a mission to create, incubate and sustain innovative and equitable cultural programming through the production of socially engaged projects, festivals, spaces, exhibitions, and media. The Institute publishes several periodicals like Lumpen Magazine, Materiel Magazine, and Mash Tun Journal. Abandoned Practices this year is collaborating with Co-Prosperity, Public Media Institute and Lumpen Radio for a special event.


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