Learning from Performers

About the Learning from Performers Program

The mission at the heart of the Learning from Performers (LFP) program is that creativity and discovery are nurtured by engagement. To that end, the LFP team -- associate director for programming Alicia Anstead, program associate Deena Anderson and student assistant Memie Osuga '20, in conjunction with OFA director Jack Megan and many student co-producers -- works to develop immersive programs that put students and professional artists in the room together in creative, exciting, intellectual exchanges.
Established in 1975 by the OFA and fostered for many years by the former manager Tom Lee, LFP hosts 15 to 20 artists and artist ensembles annually in music, dance, theater, film/television, visual arts and inter-disciplinary arts. These artists lead workshops, master classes, seminars and informal discussions, and also engage in longer-term residencies that sometimes culminate in performances, exhibitions and new works. In recent years, LFP programs have increasingly and more deeply involved students, faculty and FAS curricular courses and other Harvard departments such as the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, JFK School of Government, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Department of Music, the Graduate School of Education, the Harvard College Women's Center, the Office for BGLTQ Student Life, the Harvard Ed Portal, Harvard iLabs, Harvard Business School and more.
Highlights from the 2018-2019 season include: a beatboxing workshop with Chesney Snow, a writing workshop with playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, a mural project with Paul Deo, a master class with music industry talent recruiter Sickamore, a musical theater master class with Kaitlin Hopkins and Paige Price, a jazz clinic with drummer Jeff Watts, an arts activism conversation with singer/songwriter Angélique Kidjo, playwright Ifeoma Fafunwa and humanitarian Aubrey Doyle, a conversation with Harvard Arts Medal recipient and novelist Colson Whitehead '91, a performance, and conversation with harpist Charles Overton and a concert with legendary pianist André Watts and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.  

All artist residencies are planned in close consultation with the artist and most are open to the general public. We encourage student participation, suggestions and partnerships. For more information, contact Alicia Anstead at anstead@fas.harvard.edu