Deke Weaver

Performing Arts, 2009

Deke Weaver is a writer, performer and video and graphic artist whose interdisciplinary performances and videos have been presented in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Russia and the United States in experimental theater, film/video, dance and solo performance venues. His work, described as “explosive” (SF Weekly) and “brilliant” (The Village Voice) has “handcuffed a secure storytelling knack to a performance style that pushes the energy envelope toward hyperventilating madness” ( He also contributes film and video to dance and theater works in the U.S. and abroad. Weaver has been a resident artist at Yaddo and HERE, a two-time resident at Ucross, a four-time fellow at the MacDowell Colony and a three-time recipient of NEA regional film/video grants. From 1999–2005, Weaver was the Senior Animator for the Showtime Networks’ Broadcast Design Group. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design’s New Media Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The Unreliable Bestiary
Deke Weaver's Glorious Self Promotion

Awards and Accomplishments


Weaver is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art


Weaver's ELEPHANT is included in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival

2010: Weaver receives Ucross Foundation Residency, Wyoming

2010: The University of Illinois awards Weaver funding to support _The Unreliable Bestiary_ through the Center for Advanced Study, the Office of Public Engagement, the Scholars' Travel Fund and the Campus Research Board