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Miller, Tim (b. 1958)  
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Critic Charles Isherwood called Miller "a frisky and charismatic performer" and found in Us "a sweet-spirited, honest, and seriously funny commentary on the power of popular art to shape people's moral, social, and sexual development."

Miller is fully cognizant of that power, and so he frequently gives workshops when he is on tour in order to help aspiring artists find their voices. He has also taught college courses at California State University-Los Angeles and UCLA, where he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Theater, Film and Television.

Miller won a 2006 Lambda Literary Award for 1001 Beds, a collection of performance scripts, essays, interviews, and journal entries. The collection illustrates vividly the way his performance pieces and his gay activism are inextricably linked.

In a 2002 interview Miller spoke of the relationship between him and his audience: "I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to be telling these tales of sex and love and loss and hope. While I hope my shows have emboldened and entertained my audience, the truth is the thousands and thousands of people who have seen my shows have also totally inspired me with their courage."

Linda Rapp

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Bacalzo, Dan. "Miller Time." Theater Mania (March 29, 2002).

Evans, Everett. "Miller's 'Shirts & Skin' Strips away Gay Inhibitions." Houston Chronicle (June 19, 1998): Houston, 3.

Harrigan, Patti. "Rebel Artist Tim Miller Confronts More Than NEA." Boston Globe (July 5, 1992): A17.

Hurwitt, Robert. "Love Not Enough to Keep Them Together--Well, Not in U.S." San Francisco Chronicle (February 19, 2005): E2.

Isherwood, Charles. "Upfront Political Artist Taps Inner Show Queen." New York Times (September 14, 2004): E5.

Kastor, Elizabeth. "Four Artists Sue Endowment; Grant Denial Triggers Lawsuit." Washington Post (September 28, 1990): B1.

Mann, William J. "A Blow by Blow Interview with Tim Miller." In Step 19.6 (March 21, 2002).

Masters, Kim. "Controversial Performance Artists Win NEA Grants; Hughes, Miller Had Sued over Rejections." Washington Post (November 6, 1991): B1.

"NEA Chronology." Christian Science Monitor (August 6, 1993): Arts, 13.

Pollack, Joe. "The NEA Four Are Winners in the Grant War." St. Louis Post-Dispatch (June 20, 1993): 7C.

Steele, Mike. "Tim Miller's 'My Queer Body' Is Electric." Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (May 18, 1992): 2E.

Winn, Steven. "An NEA 'Reject' Has Own Soapbox; Tim Miller's 'Stretch Marks' at Edge Fest." San Francisco Chronicle (November 17, 1990): C5.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Miller, Tim  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2005  
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