Performing Arts Fellowships are $3,000 unrestricted awards of merit that are given in honor of excellence in the artist’s field. They are juried by noted professionals in the field based on appropriate media samples and artist statements. The Wyoming Arts Council is now accepting applications for the Performing Arts Fellowships. Applications are currently not being accepted. The next round of Fellowship applications will open in spring 2022.
Aaron Wood | Casper, WY | Theatre & Dance
Aaron M. Wood is a choreographer, educator, dancer, and mixed-media designer. From 2007-2014, he danced with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre, where he had the pleasure of performing an array of works by dance icons such as Merce Cunningham, Zvi Gotheiner, Doris Humphrey, Michio Ito, José Limón, Murray Louis, Daniel Nagrin, Yvonne Rainer, Anna Sokolow, Tandy Beal, William (Bill) Evans, Shapiro & Smith, Susan Hadley, and Andrea Miller. As a freelance dancer, he’s performed the works of Alwin Nikolais with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. Aaron’s choreography has been performed internationally and nationally from Salt Lake City, UT to Beijing, China. Aaron is the Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer for Wyoming Dance Arts and is currently serving as a Tenured Instructor of Dance/Choreographer for Casper College.
Andrew Munz | Jackson, WY | Theatre & Dance
Andrew Munz grew up in Jackson Hole and continues to be a prominent member of the local theatre and writing communities. His original theatrical series “I Can Ski Forever” sold thousands of tickets over the course of its four shows, and is now preserved in a bestselling book of the same name. He is also the first independent local artist to sell out the both the Pink Garter Theatre and the Center for the Arts in Jackson with his one man show “I Don’t Ski.” He is the mind behind the satirical Instagram character @YourGirlCatherine, who has amassed a loyal local following since “her” first appearance during the pandemic. Andrew’s next original production, “Homecoming Queen” will premiere in October at the Center. He can be found on Instagram at @munzofsteel.
Andrew Wheelock | Laramie, WY | Music
Born in Traverse City Michigan, Andrew Wheelock began his professional performance career at the age of twelve. By the time he had graduated high school, he had begun working to develop his craft and his place in the music scene. He went on to study percussion and music education at Central Michigan University where he learned from Michigan greats like Billy Hart, Keith Hall, Andrew Spencer, and Rob Smith. He then went on to earn both a Master’s and D.M.A. in Jazz studies from the University of Illinois where he served as the Jazz drum Graduate Assistant. While at UofI, Wheelock studied with Joel Spencer, Larry Gray, Chip Stephens, Chip McNeil, Jim Pugh, Tito Carrillo, William Moersch, and Ricardo Flores. At UofI, Wheelock’s passion and understanding of Jazz flourished alongside of his love for Afro-Cuban and popular music within the African Diaspora. Wheelock has performed with such greats as Ernie Watts, Bobby Shew, and Chuchito Valdes. Wheelock accepted the Percussion Area Coordinator position at the University of Wyoming in 2018. Since starting at UWYO, Wheelock has greatly expanded percussion in the department as well as the state through outreach and interdisciplinary projects, including hosting the annual Wyoming Day of Percussion. Under Wheelock’s direction, the UWYO Percussion studio is developing into a nationally recognized studio that focuses on developing musicians and educators that are bullet proof in their fundamentals, innovative in their musical approach, and well versed in the styles and technologies required of tomorrows artists.
Tris Munsick | Sheridan, WY | Music
Tris Munsick was born to a family of musicians and raised on a ranch in Sheridan County, WY. The eldest son of regionally esteemed musician/cowboy Dave Munsick, Tris has grown up with country music running through his veins. Tris, along his family and his band The Innocents, has opened for or performed alongside the likes of Big and Rich, Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers Band, Lyle Lovett, Blackhawk, and many more. They currently tour the western states sharing their brand of cowboy music to audiences throughout the region. Their most recent release “Washakie Wind” dropped in 2020 and has helped the band continue to gain a strong following in the Western US and beyond.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Francesca Romo of Jackson and Gina Patterson of Jackson in the Theatre & Dance category. David Shaul of Cheyenne and Bunny Sings Wolf of Devils Tower received honorable mentions in the music category.
1990 Beth McIntosh (musician); Lisa Morgan (choreographer); Ron Steger (scenic design); Eugene Zenzen (musician)
1991 Jewel Dirks (composer); Gary Smart (musician); Britton Theurer (musician); Patricia Tate (choreographer)
1992 Chris Kennedy (musician); Randy Milligan (actor); Margaret Stalder (choreographer); Lucy Woodman (composer)
1993 David Dundas (scenic designer); Pamela Glasser (musician); The Grizzlies (musicians); Terry Yazzolino (storyteller)
1994 Tom Empey (theatre director); Kevin S. Hart (musician); Larry Hazlett (light design); Ann Panalsek (choreographer)
1995 Rebecca Hilliker (theatre director); Gary Smart (composer); Theodore Lapina (musician)
1996 Janet Griffith (musician); Jewel Dirks (composer); Patrick Brien (theatre director)
2002 Music Composition: Dave Brinkman (composer), Laramie; Jeff Troxel (composer), Powell
2003 Theatre & Dance Performance: Bob Berky (theatrical clown/mime), Jackson; General McArthur Hambrick (dancer), Laramie
2004 Music Performance: Judd Grossman (singer/guitarist), Jackson; Scott Turpen (saxophonist), Laramie
2005 Theatre Direction, Choreography & Stage Design: Barbara “Babs” Case (choreography), Jackson; Ken George (set design), Casper; Marsha Knight (choreography), Laramie
2006 Music Composition: Christian Erickson (composer), Gillette; Anne Guzzo (composer), Laramie
2007 Theatre & Dance Performance: Kema Jamal (dancer), Cheyenne; Jodeen Tebay (dancer), Jackson
2008 Awards on one-year hiatus
2009 Music Performance: Anne Sibley (singer/musician), Jackson; Theresa Bogard (pianist), Laramie
2010 Theatre Direction, Dance Choroeography and Stage Design: Larry Hazlett (lighting designer), Laramie; Carrie Noel Richer (film director & choreographer), Jackson; Babs Case (choreographer), Jackson
2011 Music Composition: Anne Marie Guzzo (composer), Laramie; Jeff Troxel (singer/songwriter), Powell
2013 Theatre & Dance Performance: Lawrence Jackson (dancer), Laramie; Natalia Duncan (actor), Jackson. Interview with Natalia Duncan.
2014 Music Performance: Madelaine German, Jackson; Miss “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle, Thermopolis
2017 Music Composition: Ron Coulter, Casper; Theatre & Dance Performance: Rachel Holmes, Jackson;
2018 Music Composition: Ben Markley, Laramie; Leif Routman, Jackson; Beth Vanderborgh, Laramie; Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman, Sheridan
2019 Music: Michael Gould, Cody, WY; Nicole Lamartine, Laramie, WY Theatre & Dance: Marsha Knight, Laramie, WY; Kathleen Vreeland Cheyenne, WY
2020 Music – Aaron Davis, Jackson; Abby Webster, Wilson; Theatre and Dance – Anne Mason, Laramie; Luke Dakota Zender, Jackson