Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator
Community Arts Practices
Billy Yalowitz, EdD
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 215-432-6366
- Office: Tyler B87
Billy Yalowitz is a playwright, director and community arts practitioner whose interdisciplinary performance works draw from public history and chronicle grassroots movements for self-determination. As the founder and co-director of Tyler’s Community Arts Practices program, he has collaborated with neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia to create a body of performances and media installations that have helped to organize communities around a range of social justice initiatives.
Yalowitz’s critically-acclaimed performances have been presented off-Broadway, toured Israel and performed at regional theaters. He was named “Best Unclassifiable Theater Artist” by Philadelphia’s City Paper, Best Choreographer by the Philadelphia Inquirer and was nominated for a Barrymore Award for movement direction. Yalowitz was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2017 to create a performance-festival, The Fathering Circle.
Yalowitz’s work has been featured in The New York Times; Jerusalem Post; San Francisco Chronicle; the Philadelphia Inquirer and on National Public Radio. He has been awarded grants from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Rockefeller Foundation; Woodrow Wilson Foundation; Nathan Cummings Foundation; Surdna Foundation; Puffin Foundation; William Penn Foundation and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.
EdD, Temple University, 1997
MFA, Temple University, 1993
MEd, University of Massachusetts, 1987
BA, Wesleyan University, 1980
Yalowitz, B., Novella, K., & Malandra, K. (2015). Building Trust, Sharing Power, Crossing Borders: The
Art Sanctuary—Temple/Tyler Partnership. In K. Novella, Engaging in Social Partnerships:
Democratic Practices for Campus-Community Partnerships (pp. 161-189). New York, NY: Routledge.
Yalowitz, B. (2011). The Black Bottom: Making Community-Based Performance in West Philadelphia. In
B. Adair, B. Filene, & L. Koloski (Eds.), Letting Go?: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-generated
World (pp. 156-173). Philadelphia, PA: Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.
Yalowitz, B. (2010). Telling Our Stories: Liberation Work for Jewish Men. In H. Brod, & S. Zevit (Eds.),
Brother Keepers: New Perspectives On Jewish Masculinity. Harriman, TN: The Men’s Studies Press.
Thompson, C. (2003). Interview with Billy Yalowitz. White Men Challenging Racism. Durham, NC: Duke
Krondorfer, B. (1992). Performance profile of Billy Yalowitz. Body and Bible. Philadelphia, PA: Trinity