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Guest Artist Programs

Inviting top talent in every artistic discipline to participate in the creative process at CSSSA is core to the program’s mission and educational approach. Exploring new ideas, pushing the boundaries of creativity and generating new work within the CSSSA community are essential to the development of young artists. With a curriculum that emphasizes “process over product,” CSSSA offers a unique opportunity to be immersed in a creative laboratory with professional musicians, actors, artists, writers and performers of national and international stature. CSSSA strives to provide broad exposure to innovative ways of thinking about and experiencing artistic creation. CSSSA supports the creation of new work that has the potential to achieve excellence, which can be defined as, “simply the bravest, most original, most innovative work of which people are capable—whether in the creation of art, its performance, its communication or its impact on audiences.”

2016 Guest Artists

Sonja Bruzauskas

Stefan Gruber, Colin Howard, Tim Kiefer, Tom Law, Jeff Liu, Sihanouk Mariona, Sanjay Patel, Bobby Podesta

Creative Writing
Zay Amsbury, Bree Barton, Francesca Lia Block, Mike Buckley, Alana Dietze, Brian Lewis, Ben Loory, Bill Posley

Gregory Dawson, Kirsten Lepore, Erwin Washington, Qi Zhang

Dorie Barton, David Fenster, Javier Fuentes Leon, Danny Plotnick

Mark Cally, Noah Harmon, Dan Rothmuller

Conrad Bishop, Cesar Cipriano, James Hildebrandt, Phinneas Kiyomura, Peter Kors, Roxie Perkins, Lucy Shelby, Kirsten Vangsness

Visual Arts
Juan Capistran, Ann Closs Farley, Debra Hampton, John Mahoney, Jennifer Moon, Pratik Motwani, Daniel Small, Clarissa Tossin


An outstanding group of funders supports CSSSA's annual Visiting Artist Program: