Image of performance artist Alison Clancy.
April 2019 Rothrock Resident Alison Clancy is a NYC-based multidisciplinary artist working across the time based mediums of dance, music, and visual media. 

The Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, established in 2011, supports opportunities that broaden the scope of Middlebury students’ experience in the performing arts.

The Rothrock Residencies assist the series in its goal of creating a greater connection between Middlebury students and our visiting artists.

The fund supports series residencies as well as the Student Supported Rothrock Residency program, in which students can propose an artist residency themselves.

Our sincerest thanks to the Rothrock Family for making these activities possible. To learn more, contact Allison at

Student-Supported Rothrock Residencies

Do you have an artist or group that you’ve always wanted to work with? A Dancer, musician, filmmaker, actor, choreographer, playwright, arts administrator or technician, to name a few examples?

Do you want to be part of a larger conversation about the arts at Middlebury and expose your peers to someone amazing?

Now is your chance to bring artists to campus!

For the 2021-2022 academic year, we’ll only be accepting Student Rothrock Residency proposals for online/virtual residencies.

Application deadlines and updated forms coming soon!

Students participate in a Rothrock Residency.

The Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts provides a pool of dollars for students to bring one artist/ensemble/company to campus for student-oriented residency activities.

Student-Supported Rothrock Residency (SSRR) proposals are due in mid-November (to present the artist the same academic year), and any Middlebury student may apply.

  • Any Middlebury student can apply
  • Up to $7000 in funding
  • Proposals due mid-November
  • Winner selected by PASS scholars
  • Winner announced in late November

Past Rothrock Residencies

  • The Mammals, indie-roots trailblazers whose campus show included selections from newest album Sunshiner, highlighting issues surrounding climate change.
  • NYC-based multidisciplinary artist Alison Clancy, who works across the time based mediums of dance, music, and visual media.  
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw.
  • Actor and playwright Roger Guenveur Smith lead a theatre class for Prof. Alex Draper’s “Voice of the Actor” course, attended the weekly theatre dept. lunch, and hosted a brunch discussion following his two performances of “Rodney King”
  • The Belcea Quartet lead a lecture/demonstration of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet for Professor Peter Hamlin’s Diatonic theory class.
  • Pianist Gloria Chien—of Sophie Shao and Friends—gave a master class to pianists Gloria Breck ’17 and Gareth Cordery ’20.

This opportunity is made possible through the generosity of the Rothrock Family–whose son Nathaniel ’12, was active in Theatre and Music–to ensure students have access to the visiting artists who bring their talents to our campus through the Performing Arts Series and our various arts programs. 

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