Artist Tim Miller, once dubbed the â€œpatron saint of the gay performance worldâ€ by the Los Angeles Times, said he was scheduled to lead the five-day workshop for students in April but the university abruptly scrapped it on Sunday. He said his workshops focus on personal narrative and the students guide the direction they take but topics often include issues such as faith, sexuality, self and truth.
Miller said he thinks his being gay played into Villanovaâ€™s decision to cancel.
â€œThe thing that they worry about, I think, is that I am a gay person,â€ he said. â€œBeing a gay person with political opinions.â€
Miller said on Tuesday he has done similar workshops at Chicagoâ€™s DePaul University, the nationâ€™s largest Catholic university, and other schools. He said Villanova, a Catholic private university with about 10,000 students just outside Philadelphia, did not tell him why it was canceling his workshop.
â€œThis is not my first time at the dance,â€ Miller said, noting the cancellation came after blog postings that were critical about him. â€œItâ€™s clearly homophobia and panic.â€ [more]