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FAR Fellows

The Facility for Arts Research is encouraging collaborative relationships across the College of Fine Arts by awarding FAR Fellowships to six faculty representing the School of Dance, School of Theatre, Department of Art Education and Department of Art.

A FAR Fellowship offers selected artists and scholars an opportunity to engage in collaborative experiments, develop or test new ideas, and engage in vital public dialogue from a home base at the Facility for Arts Research. The objective is to create an academically diverse and vibrant community that focuses on collaborative research and methods across a variety of disciplines and media.

2018-2019 Recipients

Chari Arespacochaga is a director for theater, film, multimedia, special events and concerts; and Assistant Professor in Performance at the School of Theatre.

A Director for Creative Development for S.T.R.O.N.G. Edutainment, she is in the process of adapting a series of stories about a culturally diverse group of princesses/super-heroines called the Guardian Princesses into musicals for young audiences. These musicals are being developed as media espousing intersectional sustainability and arts-based community engagement while expanding the theater-for-young-audiences form to include theatrical devices and traditions from the different cultures represented in the stories.


Jeff Beekman is a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher. As an artist, materials and processes utilized are dependent upon the conceptual ideas being explored. Recurrent themes include a meditational approach toward a work’s creation, an appreciation for good craft, and in all cases an empathetic investigation of subjects investigated.

Beekman is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Foundations and BA Programs in the Department of Art.


Dr. Sukanya Chakrabarti, an artist-scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre, Florida State University, received her doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford.

Chakrabarti devised a performance piece ‘almost…home…’ (supported by the Spark! Grant from Stanford Arts Institute), which addresses questions of identity, place and belonging in a globalized world; and deals with personal narratives and political activism. She works on performance pieces that are multicultural and experimental in terms of combining different media; such as film and theater, visual art and performance, landscape and the live body, and site-specific and staged. This crossing over allows her to explore issues of hybridity, fragmentation and the effects of a globalized world in a performative context.


Joséphine A. Garibaldi is an interdisciplinary artist scholar dedicated to fostering collaborative art-making across communities, disciplines and cultures regionally, nationally and internationally through a dialogic practice of art-making and pedagogy.

From environmental and performance installations, movement and text based visual poetry, Garibaldi has collaboratively devised original performance, installation and digital works nationally and internationally for nearly 40 years. Garibaldi, co-artistic director of Callous Physical Theatre and Fulbright Scholar, is on faculty of the School of Dance at Florida State University.


Tiffany Rhynard is an artist, dancer, and filmmaker compelled to make work that examines the complexity of human behavior and addresses current social justice issues. Her dance films have screened at festivals nationwide including ScreenDance Miami where she was awarded the First Prize for Invisible Queens (2015) and the jury prize for Black Stains (2018). Rhynard’s award winning documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, was awarded the first ever Social Justice Film Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Forbidden received a 2018 Television Academy Honor for its airing on LogoTV in partnership by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). A cross-disciplinary artist, Rhynard has worked with esteemed collaborators including choreographer Christal Brown, internationally renowned composer Lei Liang, real-time digital media artist Marlon Barrios Solano, mezzo-soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone, and is she currently working with filmmaker and choreographer Millicent Johnnie on a new film.


Sara Scott Shields, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at The Florida State University. She currently serves as the teacher certification coordinator and the director of MS in Art Education program (teacher certification track).

Her research interests revolve around arts based approaches to both research and learning, with a specific focus on arts informed qualitative research methodologies, visual thinking in higher education curriculum and pedagogy, contemporary curriculum development in K-12 contexts, and teacher/researcher identity development. Her current arts based research practice is centered around the use of sketchbooks/visual journals in a range of educational contexts.