2014 Artists in Residence
2014 Harman-Eisner Artists in Residence
Lil Buck · Alfre Woodard
Charles “Lil Buck” Riley is a master of Memphis jookin. His 2011 collaboration on “The Swan,” with cellist Yo-Yo Ma went viral and has been viewed over 3 million times. Lil Buck has performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Colbert Report, The Late Show with Steven Colbert, and a #Ham4Ham concert. He danced in two world tours with Madonna, as well as during her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show, and appeared in the Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson: One. He has collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, Jared Grimes, and Mihai Marica. The Wall Street Journal named him in 2014 a Performing-Arts Innovator of the year.
Alfre Woodard‘s career spans more than three decades. The actor and activist has appeared in such films and television shows as Mandela, Scrooged, St. Elsewhere, Crooklyn, How to Make an American Quilt, Primal Fear, Desperate Housewives, True Blood, 12 Years a Slave, and Marvel’s Luke Cage. Her work has won her four Emmy awards, three SAG awards, and a Golden Globe. Outside of acting she works to raise awareness of global poverty and AIDS, is the co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa, and sits on the National Film Preservation Board. In 2009 she was named to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.