Savannah Knoop

Adjunct Instructor

Savannah Knoop is a NY-based artist, and writer. From 2009-2016 Knoop co-hosted the monthly queer audio-visual party WOAHMONE. They received their BA at CunyBa under the mentorship of Vito Acconci, and their MFA at Virginia CommonWealth University in Sculpture+Extended Media. They have shown and performed at the Whitney, MoMA, the ICA Philadelphia, the Leslie Lohman Museum, David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Nina Johnson Gallery in Miami, and Nicelle Beauchene in New York. 

In 2007, they published their memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy (Seven Stories Press) and adapted it into a screenplay, co-producing the resulting feature-length film JT Leroy (Universal Pictures, 2019) directed by Justin Kelly, and starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern. Alongside Brontez Purnell, Knoop is working to adapt his novel, Since I Laid My Burden Down, into a feature length film of the same title. Knoop has written essays for the LA Review of Books032CDazedBOMBCritical Correspondence, and Cultured Magazine

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