Current and Past Fellows
Callie Holley and Gerardo Navarro 2021 Fellows
Callie Holley is a Senior Musical Theatre and Producing for Film and Television student at New York University. As a singer, actress, writer, and producer, Callie seeks to create and be a part of work that illuminates truth and inspires communal connection.
Her favorite previous credits include The Visitation: A Sound Walk (Destiny) Encantamiento: Music of Daniel Catán (Young Antonieta), Sonnets and Soul (Diana), Ain't Misbehavin' (Nell), Hair (Dionne), and Measure for Measure (Lucio). Callie can also be seen in the recently premiered Netflix film Giving Voice. This upcoming semester she will participate in award-winning actress, writer and producer Bryce Dallas Howard's Nine Muses Lab for multidisciplinary filmmakers, writing, producing and directing her first original short film.
Gerardo Navarro is currently a junior attending Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama. He enjoys spending time with the people he loves, going on adventures, and sharing a great meal.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Navarro aspires to write, perform, and continue sharing stories that uplift those of underrepresented communities. He was just seen as Miguel in "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano'' at the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh, which also made its UK Premiere at the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Njaimeh Njie 2019 Fellow
Njaimeh Njie is a Pittsburgh based photographer, filmmaker and multimedia producer. Her practice centers on everyday people, narratives, and landscapes, with a particular focus on how black people perceive themselves and their experiences in the cities they call home.
Njie is the creator of the public art project, "Homecoming: Hill District, USA," and was named the 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, among other awards, grants and fellowships.
Her work has been featured in CityLab, Belt Magazine,The Huffington Post and the Carnegie Museum of Art's Storyboard blog. A Pittsburgh native, Njie earned a B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.
Natasha Trethewey 2018 Fellow
In Fall 2018, at a special ground-blessing ceremony at the August Wilson House, Natasha Trethewey was announced as the inaugural Duquesne University/August Wilson House Fellow.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014).
Trethewey is the author of five collections of poetry: Monument (2018), Thrall (2012), Native Guard (2006), Bellocq's Ophelia (2002), and Domestic Work (2000). She is also the author of a book of creative non-fiction: Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010).
Among her many honors, Trethewey is the recipient of a 2017 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category, as well as the 2016 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. Trethewey has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Northwestern University she is a Board of Trustees Professor of English in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
In her second term as United States Poet Laureate, Trethewey's signature project was a PBS NewsHour Poetry Series, "Where Poetry Lives," which explored societal issues such as Alzheimer's, domestic abuse, the civil rights movement and incarcerated teenagers-all through the prism of poetry, literature and Trethewey's own personal experiences.
In addition to being United States Poet Laureate, she held the position of State Poet Laureate of Mississippi from 2012-2016.