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Vanguard Award & Residency.

The Vanguard Award & Residency is an award and yearlong residency that celebrates the career of a singular artist who has contributed to American life and pop culture and is a part of the Joe’s Pub family of artists. This artist also sustains and leads their own artistic community while creating a body of work that stands apart from their peers. Additionally, the award answers to the music industry’s widening gaps in funding. 

Laurie Anderson is the current recipient of The Joe’s Pub Vanguard Award & Residency. Her tenure, which began in 2020, was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and has been extended through summer 2022. The writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist is honored for her prolific career as a creative pioneer inspiring audiences with her groundbreaking works – daring multi-media presentations and innovative use of technology across the worlds of art, theater and experimental music.

Laurie Anderson's 2020 Curated Performance Series:  
To The Moon
  by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang | Presented as part of the 2020 Under the Radar Festival | January 8 - January 19, 2020
The 2020 Joe's Pub Vanguard Gala | Honoring Laurie Anderson | February 3, 2020
Maya Hawke | March 8, 2020
Cosmo (Instrumental Project by Jesse Harris) ft. Jesse Harris, CJ Camerieri, Jeremy Gustin, Will Graefe, Michael Boschen, and Benjamin Lazar Davis | March 8, 2020
Ruckus featuring Samora Pinderhughes, Shaina Taub, The Illustrious Blacks and The Resistance Revival Chorus | September 26, 2020

Laurie Anderson's 2021 - 2022 Curated Performance Series:  
featuring Anne Carson, Arto Lindsay, Rubin KodheliLafcadio Cass, and Beauty Pill | October 12-16, 2021
yMusic | February 13, 2022
Rubin Kodheli Trio with Trevor Dunn & Brian Chase / Abbie from Mars | March 13, 2022
Kaoru Watanabe & LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs | April 10, 2022

The 2018 Vanguard Award and Residency was awarded to Nona Hendryx. In 2019 the Vanguard Award & Residency was awarded to Judy Collins.

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Judy Collins

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 55-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. Collins is the 2019 recipient of the Joe's Pub Vanguard Award & Residency.

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Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology.  As writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist, she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Anderson has published seven books and her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world. She is the 2020 recipient of the Joe's Pub Vanguard Award & Residency.

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Nona Hendryx

Grammy Award-nominated funk, art rock and new wave pioneer Nona Hendryx was the inaugural recipient of the Joe’s Pub Vanguard Residency. Joe’s Pub honored her career as a performer, producer, writer, curator, innovator and mentor, with a year of monthly programming in 2018.  From January through December, Hendryx curated and/or performed in shows that featured not only her body of work, but those of the many multidisciplinary artists who she has influenced (and who continue to influence her).

New York Voices.

New York Voices  is Joe’s Pub at The Public’s artist commissioning program. As part of The Public Theater’s long history of cultivating the country’s most celebrated artists, this program supports the creation of new works by critically-acclaimed musicians and performers. New York Voices encourages artists to explore their storytelling, narratives and songwriting processes, and includes a variety of developmental and practical resources. Each commission culminates with a run of live shows on the Joe’s Pub stage. 

The program successfully connects artists with their contemporaries and significantly expands their ability to reach wider audiences. Many of the commissioned works have toured nationally and internationally.  

"New York Voices
 has become an indispensable addition to The Public’s programs for developing new work." 

-Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater 
Our 2021/2022 commissions are by: Alicia Hall Moran, Bahia Watson & Liza Paul, Haig Papazian, Sunny Jain, and Yacine Boulares.

New York Voices is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Bahia Watson & Liza Paul

Bahia Watson & Liza Paul: MASHUP 

Bahia + Liza continue to explore the absurdities of life through an afro-caribbean feminist lens with their bashment* circus variety show, MASHUP. *bashment (n): jamaican vernacular for a really good party

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Sunny Jain

Sunny Jain's Love Force is a musical theatre piece drawing parallels between the Indian caste system and hierarchies of America. The Punjabi dhol drum is the heartbeat of the show, bringing into conversation faith and compassion.

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Yacine Boulares

Yacine Boulares and Meera Dugal will present Habibi Festival: a performance showcase and community gathering that will amplify traditional and contemporary music from the Middle East and North Africa.

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Joe's Pub Working Group.

JOE'S PUB WORKING GROUP(JPWG) aims to enrich the sustainability and growth of New York-based emerging and established artists’ careers by providing administrative resources, physical space and curatorial services, further cultivating a community atmosphere wherein those artists can create and sustain new and developing work.

The program was conceived to address the rapidly shifting state of the performing arts and help artists at a critical point in their careers. “Being an independent performing artist comes with a lot of responsibilities and needs beyond purely making art. This program is a way for us to address and decipher those things for artists in a space that is accessible and inclusive,” said Alex Knowlton, Director of Joe's Pub.

The current JPWG cohort, formed in 2020 and extended through summer 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is comprised of: Salty Brine, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Jaime Lozano, Roopa Mahadevan, and Kirsten Maxwell.

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Jaime Lozano

Jaime Lozano, who was born in Monterrey, Mexico, is an accomplished musician, vocal coach, composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical producer, and musical theater director. He has been called the “next big thing” on Broadway by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Lozano has performed sold-out shows at Two River Theater, Joe’s Pub, and The Green Room 42 with his concert “Jaime Lozano and the Familia: Songs by an Immigrant,” which features an all-Latinx line up of Broadway stars. He is a teacher and activist for the NYC-based not-for-profit organization R.Evolución Latina.

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Kirsten Maxwell

Kirsten Maxwell is a New York-raised singer, songwriter, and artist. She was five years old when she made her stage debut. Born into a family of opera singers, Maxwell found her voice early. She performed a number of roles at the Amato Opera in NYC, including the First Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. With support and encouragement from her musical parents, Maxwell continued to develop her talents into high school where she embraced musical theater and took up the guitar. By college, Maxwell was writing songs and laying the foundation for an ever-expanding musical career.

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Roopa Mahadevan

Roopa Mahadevan is a leading Indian classical and crossover vocalist known for her powerful, emotive voice and distinctive re-imagination of the classical Carnatic art form. Seeking to celebrate yet push the boundaries of the Indian classical idiom, Mahadevan creates unique works with artists from classical, jazz, world music, and R&B/soul genres. Often complementing her versatile voice with multidisciplinary talents in dance and theater, she also brings critical cultural commentary, humor, and searing authenticity into her work.  

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Salty Brine

Salty Brine is a cabaret artist, playwright, and actor. He is the creative force behind The Living Record Collection, a series of cabaret performances, which weave together iconic, popular albums with cultural touchstones from classic literature to opera and beyond. As book writer, Brine is in collaboration with composer Alan Menken. Selected performance credits: The Elementary Spacetime Show (Ars Nova, FringeArts); Clown Bar (Pipeline Theater Company, The Box); Vera; or The Nihilists (HERE); The Poor Of New York (Connelly Theater); Straight Talk (Dixon Place); Taylor Mac’s The Lily's Revenge (HERE). 

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Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a vocalist and composer. Currently, Charles is a member of two performance/recording projects: Manner Effect and The Enoch Smith Jr. Trio. She is also the bandleader for her own group, the S.E.Charles Quartet – with Jesse Elder (piano), Burniss Earl Travis (bass), and John Davis (drums) – performing and recording her own compositions and arrangements. Charles’s music is wide ranging, touching on everything from uniquely crafted originals to contemporary arrangements of jazz standards and re-workings of Haitian folklore music. 


Previous Artist Development Programs.


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Abigail Washburn

2013 | Claw-hammer banjo player, composer and singer Abigail Washburn premiered Post-American Girl, a theatrical event exploring US-China relations through the lens of folk music.

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Alicia Hall Moran

2020-2021 | Musical traditions yearning for each other across race, class, and nation grace Alicia Hall Moran’s meditation on the classic Motown songbook — a cinematic, movement-based aria. the motown project reimagines Motor City poetics in a study of desire and infatuation only soul and opera embodied by one chanteuse could endure.

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Allen Toussaint

2012 | One of America’s greatest musical treasures, Allen Toussaint presented A Southern Night featuring songs from the album as well as songs that relate to the Toussaint Family.

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Angelique Kidjo

2012 | Angelique Kidjo and director Jo Bonney revisited the legends and tales of Angelique’s childhood, with a poignant perspective on the history of her native country.

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Alynda Segarra

2019 | Bronx native Alynda Segarra spreads a new kind of roots-conscious folk music across the country from her adopted hometown of New Orleans, often with her band Hurray for the Riff Raff.

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Bridget Everett

2013 | Rock Bottom was written by Bridget Everett with Tony-winning writing duo Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.

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Daniel Alexander Jones

2015 | Daniel Alexander Jones developed Black Light, an evening-length performance for Jones’s musician persona Jomama Jones. Black Light featured music composed by Jones with Bobby Halvorson, and arranged for performance with musical direction by Samora Pinderhughes.

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Daniel Breaker

2014 | Daniel Breaker has been seen on Broadway, in film, and on TV. He brings a soulful mix of tunes from all around the musical spectrum, and offers up refreshing new twists on classic soul, R&B, rock and more.

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Dawn Landes

2014 | Dawn Landes (music and lyrics) and director Daniel Goldstein (book) created a musical called ROW – the heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story of Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Erin Markey

2017 | Erin Markey's Little Surfer is a Beach Boys/Spice Girls-inspired energy concert written and created by Markey with music by Markey and Emily Bate.

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Ethan Lipton

2012 | In No Place to go, Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra an irreverent song cycle about the demise of a local workplace and the diminishing returns of the American dream. 

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Haig Papazian

2020-2021 | Haig Papazian's Space Time Tuning Machine (STTM) is a cross-disciplinary musical narrative exploring the multifaceted meanings of home.

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Helga Davis

2019 | Helga Davis' Cassandra was inspired by the Greek myth of cursed seer Cassandra. A semi-autobiographical work that merged Davis’s own experience of otherness in contemporary America with the iconic myth, this raw work crashed classical legend into the 21st century to weave a prescient and fiery account of our culture’s possible demise.

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Jamie Leonheart

2015 | Jamie Leonhart’s Estuary: an artist/mother story, made in collaboration with critically acclaimed director Joanna Settle, is a musical exploration of the challenges and unanticipated realities of being an artist and a new parent.

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Jean Grae

2018 | Jean Grae's Jenius is a deep dive into the multi-hyphenate's many lives, talents, and propensity for complete public vulnerability. It explores the importance of claiming your life's credits, the beauty of self-challenge, the exhaustion of explaining who/what you are and why you won't be stopped, and the importance of standing all the way up.

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Joey Arias

2015 | Joey Arias and playwright and director José Manuel López Velarde, of Mexico City’s innovative theater La Teatreria, developed a children’s musical called A, B… Z. This work explored the fluidity of humanity, the space between light and darkness, and the limitlessness of an open mind.

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Kiki & Herb

2015 | Mx Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman returned as their iconic characters Kiki and Herb – the “perverse” and “transcendental” (The New York Times) septuagenarian, lounge-singing duo. The pair debuted Seeking Asylum!, a fully-formed show with new music, current events and aged favorites.

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Martha Redbone

2014 | In Bone Hill, Martha Redbone explored her Appalachian mining family's heritage and history in an epic piece that spans generations and a breadth of music genres. Redbone called on her Native American and African American roots to tell this unexpected family story that unveils a shadowy part of American history through breathtaking original music, humor and layers of dramatic revelation.

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Murray Hill

2018 | Renowned as a comic host around the world, Murray Hill: About to Break is a departure. It put Hill center stage in the first major dedicated solo show of his long, storied career. Musical direction is by Paul Leschen with original music by Hill with Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Kyle Forrester, Eric Kornfeld, Jesse Elder, and Leschen.

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Noche Flamenca

2013 | Noche Flamenca’s adaptation of the Sophocles classic Antigone (Antigona in Spanish) honors the Greek tradition of sung poetry and musical accompaniment. The score was created by Salva de María, Eugenio Iglesias, David ‘Chupete’ Rodriguez, Hamed Traore, and Martín Santangelo using both traditional flamenco styles, new compositions, and the poetry of Sophocles.

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Nona Hendryx

2018 | Refrigerated Dreams is a multimedia installation and concert inspired by Carrie Weems’s seminal The Kitchen Table Series. It was directed by Niegel Smith and featured choreography and performances by Francesca Harper, Josh Johnson and The Francesca Harper Project, with original music by Nona Hendryx.

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2012 | Rizo with director Niegel Smith: Ordained. Rizo was ordained by the Temple of Glitter. Aggressively feminine and possessing a distinct absence of inhibition, she led a night praising the power of song, giggles, madness and glamorous glances in this collaboration with director Niegel Smith.

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Samora Pinderhughes

2020 Venus Smiles Not in the House of Tears is a transformative concert event and intimate, radical experiment in multi-genre storytelling, written and produced by Samora Pinderhughes and Jack DeBoe.

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2016 | Dreaming Zenzile, a jazz opera based on the extraordinary life of the late South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, conceived, written and performed by East African vocalist and songwriter Somi, and directed by Liesl Tommy.

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Toshi Reagon

2012 Lines was a collaboration conceived by singer, musician, and composer Toshi Reagon in development with playwright Winter Miller, and director Lear deBesonnet. 

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The Illustrious Blacks

2019 | Traveling via intergalactic-astro-disco-space-punk velocity to deconstruct your mentality to a higher vibrational frequency, neo-afrofuturistic psychedelic surrealistic hippies, The Illustrious Blacks, invite you to Planet Ocsid to rejoice in their union…A Union Of Kings.


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Ali Grieb

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Bridget Barkan

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Danny Lipsitz

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Larry Krone

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Michael Mwenso


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Isaac Oliver

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Kaylyn Marie

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Stephanie McKay

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Trish Nelson


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Courtnee Roze

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Erin Markey

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Ike Ufomadu

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Julian Velard

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Shaina Taub


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Dan Fishback

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Dana Lyn

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Juliette Jones

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Samora Pinderhughes

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Tori Scott


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Becca Blackwell

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Migguel Anggelo

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Truth Bachman

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Treya Lam

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Yacine Boulares

An annual Philadelphia-based residency for musical storytellers. Artist-residents represented the breadth and diversity of the work performed on the Joe’s Pub stage, and were encouraged to produce work that resonates far beyond it. 

Ethan Lipton’s The Outer Space represents a wonderful example of the program’s success.  The New York Times Critic’s Pick was initially explored at Joe’s Pub Philadelphia in 2015.  In 2017 it was performed as part of The Public Theater’s season as a full production on the Joe’s Pub stage.

The 2019 cohort was focused on text, voice, music, and body, and how these elements are woven together into musical and theatrical storytelling.  Artists were challenged to transcend their rehearsal limitations and plumb the depths of long-form narrative, with strategic guidance from Joe's Pub, the Kimmel Center,, and Dael Orlandersmith (Mentor & Playwright in Residence), in addition to their mentor partners.  The residency culminated in excerpt performances at the Kimmel Center that were free for the public to attend.