Frank Sinatra Artists-in-Residence

Frank Sinatra Chair

The Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts was established in 1980 with initial funds from the proceeds of the 14th Annual Golden Circle Theatre Party, of which Frank Sinatra was the headliner. This year we are hosting an Artist-in-Residence who will be on campus to work with our students and perform throughout the year.

2018-19 Artist

Taye Diggs

The groundbreaking actor and singer from film and stage will start his residency at Santa Clara University this fall.

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs has a new role to add to his résumé: the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts at Santa Clara University. The actor, singer, and children’s book author, best known for his groundbreaking role in the Tony Award-winning musical RENT and is currently starting in the Netflix comedy Set It UP, was announced as the artist-in-residence for the Center for the Arts and Humanities at SCU during the upcoming school year.

The multi-talented performer will start his residency on campus this fall, where he’ll be sharing his wit, wisdom, and experience with SCU’s students, faculty, and community through classes and projects.

Diggs is known for originating the 1996 Broadway role of Benny, the landlord in Rent. The play won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was later made into a 2005 film, in which he repeated his standout performance. He has also appeared in the films How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Brown Sugar, and the television series Private Practice.

But Diggs’ résumé goes even deeper: he’s the co-artistic director of the dance company, Dre.dance, and author of three children’s books including I Love You More Than... (September 2018) with collaborator and illustrator Shane W. Evans. That followed their 2015 collaboration on two other children’s books, Mixed Me! and Chocolate Me. He’s also a two-time recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Actor.