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testperformancetest is a multi-year experiment founded by Julie Thornton that brings a curated mix of national and international performance work to Austin. Occasionally, the fund will commission new work performed in Austin.

Julie Thornton received her BFA in Ballet from the University of Akron. After dancing professionally and teaching for several years, she retired from dancing and now serves on the board of the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, ArtPace in San Antonio, and Performa in Manhattan. She is also on board of Arthouse, where she serves as the board chair and founder of the Arthouse Texas Prize, Texas’ only statewide contemporary art prize.



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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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