Two of the 50 recipients of grants awarded by USA Fellows are members of the Sarah Lawrence community: alumnus John Jasperse is the USA Brooks Hopkins Fellow and Writing faculty member Ann Hepperman is the USA Rockefeller Fellow. Grants of $50,000 each are awarded annually to 50 of America's finest performing, visual, media, and literary artists.
John Jasperse '85 is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of John Jasperse Company. His work has been presented in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, and throughout Europe. He has also choreographed work for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Bathsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, and the Lyon Opera Ballet, among others. Jasperse received a Bessie Award in 2001 for his choreographic work.
Hepperman is co-creator of Mapping Main Street, a collaborative media project that re-imagines the country through stories, songs, and videos documenting the nation's more than 10,000 Main Streets. A Peabody award-winning producer, she has also received Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow, and Third Coast International Audio Festival awards. A transmission artist with free103point9, a New York State-based nonprofit arts organization, her work has been exhibited at UnionDocs, Chicago Center for the Arts, and other venues. Currently, she is a Rosalynn Carter for Mental Health Journalism Fellow and will be making a multimedia documentary about pre-teen anorexia in partnership with Ms. Magazine and NPR.