Aaron P. Dworkin | Keynote Speaker
Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, a former member of the Obama National Arts Policy Committee and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron P. Dworkin is the Founder and President of the Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization that focuses on youth development and diversity in classical music.
Aimee Waeltz Director of Marketing and CommunicationsPittsburgh Ballet TheatreAimee joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as an intern before being hired as the School’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Aimee was promoted to the Marking & Media Manager, and then was appointed Director of Marketing & Communications in September of 2011.
Alice Vienneau Director, Dance Resource ProgramThe Actors FundAlice Vienneau is a licensed social worker and former professional dancer who is the director of the Dancers Resource program at The Actors Fund.
Alyce Finwall DirectorDance Council MovementAlyce’s work is a visceral exploration into surreal landscapes and time that expand upon her interest in perception and identity. She has produced over thirty-five original works in the company’s twelve-year history and has had the great pleasure of collaborating with many diverse artists on works for both stage and film.
Andrea Snyder Co-DirectorAmerican Dance AbroadAndrea Snyder, management & leadership strategist, is currently co-director of American Dance Abroad, a new pilot initiative to encourage the export of American dance. Previously, Snyder joined Dance/USA as president and executive director in February 2000.
Andrew Edmonson Director of Marketing and Public RelationsHouston BalletAndrew Edmonson has served as director of marketing and public relations for Houston Ballet since June 2000. In December 2007, he achieved the highest single ticket sales in the 35-year history of Houston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, and under his leadership, Houston Ballet’s subscription base has grown by over 44 percent.
Austin Forbord Executive Artistic DirectorRapt ProductionsAustin Forbord is a video artist, filmmaker, choreographer, and Founder/Director of Rapt Productions. He established Rapt Performance Group in 1997, a dance theater company that performed until 2005; and Rapt Productions in 1999, a video production company with the mission to empower Bay Area arts organizations to best document, archive, enhance, and promote their work.
Bruce Thibodeau PresidentArts Consulting Group, Inc.Bruce Thibodeau founded the Arts Consulting Group in 1997 and has extensive experience in the business of the arts and culture sector. He has worked with hundreds of clients in guiding effective leadership transitions, increasing earned and contributed revenue, achieving organizational efficiency, developing vibrant institutional messages and brands, in strategic visioning, and revitalizing governance practices.
Carolelinda Dickey Co-DirectorAmerican Dance AbroadCarolelinda Dickey has worked both as a producer and an arts presenter. She was the founding Executive Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and also the company manager for the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Meredith Monk/The House.
Catherine Tully Editor/Owner4dancers.orgCatherine L. Tully is the owner, editor and webmaster of 4dancers.org, a blog for dancers, dance teachers and others who love dance. She is also the Outside Europe Representative for the National Dance Teachers Association in the UK, and has been involved with dance for over 38 years as an educator, writer, performer, photographer, choreographer and classroom instructor.
Celine Schein Executive DirectorChitresh Das Dance Company & Chhandam School of KathakCeline Schein is the Executive Director of the Chitresh Das Dance Company (CDDC) a leading Indian classical dance company under the artistic direction of renowned Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das, and Chhandam School of Kathak, one of the world’s largest Indian classical dance institutions with affiliated branches in Boston and Mumbai and Kolkata, India.
Christine Bonansea WERK ChoreographerChristine Bonansea is a French dancer, choreographer and filmmaker living and performing in the USA for 4 years. She studied in French Literature at the University La Sorbonne, pursued her training in a National Dance School where she got the national modern dance graduation.
- Cody “Koi” Carlson first gathered his love for dance while watching music videos. He started recreating them in his bedroom for fun and practice. As he got older he learned about hip hop and became an avid breakdancer learning from a teacher at his elementary school.
Colleen Hooper DirectorColleen Hooper Performance ProjectsColleen Hooper is a dancer, choreographer, and writer and she directs Colleen Hooper Performance Projects. Her choreography has been presented since 2002 and venues include Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks series, Danspace Project, Dance New Amsterdam, DanceNow/NYC Festival, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
Deborah Cullinan Executive DirectorIntersection for the ArtsDeborah Cullinan has been the Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts since 1996. In that time, Intersection has received numerous awards including the prestigious 2000 Cyril Award for Non-Profit Excellence from the San Francisco Business Arts Council/Chamber of Commerce, The Will Glickman Award, The Bay Guardian’s GOLDIE Award, and the 2011 Philanthropedia Award for Highest Impact Arts Non-Profit in San Francisco.
Diane Frank Acting Director, Lecturer, Dance Division of the Department of Drama Organization Stanford UniversityCurrently Acting Director of the Dance Division, Diane Frank has been teaching as a Lecturer at Stanford University since 1988. Prior to Stanford, she lived and worked in NYC, dancing for Douglas Dunn & Dancers for 11 years. She trained with Merce Cunningham and was invited to join the teaching staff of the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio where she taught for eight years.
Doug Mowbray President and CEOMoGoARTS MarketingPresident and CEO of MoGo Marketing & Media and MoGoARTS Marketing has over 20 years of experience developing cutting edge media solutions that target audiences mobilize patrons & audiences, and track conversions and revenue.
Douglas Sonntag Director of DanceNational Endowment for the ArtsDouglas C. Sonntag serves as the Director of Dance for the National Endowment for the Arts, a position he has held since 1997, and was recently appointed the Performing Arts Division Team Leader.
Eveline Chang Dance/NYC Junior CommitteeEveline Chang is the Program and Marketing Manager at the Center for Architecture Foundation. Formerly, she served as Director of Educational Programming at Pentacle and Special Projects Manager at Joffrey Ballet School.
Hollis Bartlett DANCENYC’s Junior CommitteeHollis Bartlett graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2010 and since graduation has been focused on bringing greater awareness to dance. He has been a member of DanceNYC’s Junior Committee for two years and has worked on projects including the Workforce Census, the Bessies, and a breakout session at DanceNYC’s Mid-Season Symposium for emerging artists.
Ian Garrett DirectorCenter for Sustainable Practice in the ArtsIan Garrett is a producer, lighting designer, and administrator dedicated to innovative arts infrastructure. Ian is the co-founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA), a leader in the conversation on sustainability and the arts. He is a trustee for DanceUSA, the national service organization for dance, where he serves on the Technology and Programs committees.
Jai Sen Digital Media StrategistSen AssociatesJai Sen is a digital media strategist who has worked in interactive media for over a decade and a half. He specializes in taking a holistic view of communications across media and technological platforms and has worked both with commercial entities and nonprofit organizations of all scales. Jai is a pioneer in using open source software to encourage content syndication and field engagement with research material.
James Brown National Director of Health ServicesThe Actors FundJames Brown is currently the National Director of Health Services at The Actors Fund where he oversees the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and supervises the operation of the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center and the AHIRC health care information website (www.ahirc.org).
Jennifer Edwards FounderJenEd ProductionsJennifer Edwards is a consultant specializing in messaging, organizational change, and stress management. She is also a writer and culture critic, writing for The Huffington Post on topics including innovation in dance, shifting culture, and the positive impact of technology.
Jenny Bilfield Artistic & Executive DirectorStanford Lively ArtsSince joining Stanford Lively Arts as Artistic & Executive Director in 2006 Jenny Bilfield has stewarded the organization’s transformation from university presenter to a campus-based arts producer. Hired during the early days of Stanford’s arts initiative, Bilfield has collaborated extensively with faculty and program partners to develop new pathways for immersive, high-impact arts experiences for students and arts-goers in Silicon Valley and wider Bay area.
Jessica Robinson Love Executive DirectorCounterPULSEJessica Robinson Love is the Execuitve and Artistic Director of CounterPULSE, a San Francisco organization that provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture.
Joanna Haigood Artistic DirectorZaccho Dance TheatreJoanna Haigood, Artistic Director, relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from New York in 1980 and co-founded ZACCHO Dance Theatre. Her creative work focuses on making dances that use natural, architectural and cultural environments as a point of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Haigood’s works involve in-depth research into the history and the character of sites and typically integrates aerial flight and suspension as a way of expanding the dancers’ spatial and dynamic range. Her work has been commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dancin…
Joe Landini DirectorThe GarageJoe Landini is a San Francisco Bay Area based choreographer/curator and received his BA in choreography from the University of California, Irvine and his MA in choreography from the Laban Centre (London, UK).
John Malashock Artistic DirectorMalashock DanceJohn Malashock brings 35 years of experience in dance, theater and film to his current endeavors as Artistic Director of Malashock Dance (based in San Diego). He has created over 70 choreographic works, dance/theater collaborations, theater and opera productions, and award-winning dance films.
Julie Begley Managing DirectorMoGoARTS MarketingJulie Begley is the Managing Director of MoGoARTS Marketing has over 20 years of strategic marketing, communications and sales experience with non-profit arts and education organizations, as well as the hospitality and travel industries.
Julie Mushet Executive DirectorWorld Arts WestJulie Mushet has more than 20 years of experience in the arts field, and has been the Executive Director of World Arts West since 2002. World Arts West is the nation’s leading presenter of American dancers sustaining world dance traditions and produces the annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, featuring thousands of dancers and musicians based in Northern California.
- Justin began dancing at age 14 when his cousin used to spin him on his back. After much of the dizziness from doing backspins he learned how to apply the technique and backspin on his own. He gained interest in breakdancing from the school dances where few people danced outside of the ordinary.
Kadidia V. Doumbia Teacher and ChoreographerIndependentKadidia V. Doumbia is a dance teacher and choreographer living in northern Georgia. She is a certified Dance Teacher .Ms. Doumbia is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Dance Council – UNESCO and a member of Dance-USA.
Kang Kiang Principal ArchitectMark Cavagnero AssociatesKang Kiang is a registered architect with over two decades of experience working with nonprofit clients to design public and performance oriented facilities.
Ken Foster Executive DirectorYerba Buena Center for ArtsKen Foster is the Executive Director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), a multi-disciplinary, contemporary arts center in San Francisco.
Ken Tabachnick DeanSchool of the ArtsKen Tabachnick, Dean of the School of the Arts at Purchase College, has extensive experience in all areas of the entertainment business. Previously, Ken was the general manager for the New York City Ballet (NYCB), where he was responsible for all administrative aspects of this largest American dance organization.
Lauren Warnecke M.S. Adjunct FacultyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoLauren Warnecke is a Chicago-based dance artist, educator, and writer. She trained at Judith Svalander School of Ballet and Barat Conservatory of Dance before earning a BA in Dance at Columbia College Chicago. In 2009, Lauren completed her MS in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Lela J. Sewell-Williams Professor and Dance ArchivistHoward University Dance DepartmentSewell-Williams is currently serving as an adjunct professor/dance archivist within the Dance Major program at Howard University as well as the liaison to the Black Regional Dance Archive within the Moorland Spingarn Research Center (Howard University).
Libby Smigel Executive DirectorDance Heritage CoalitionLibby Smigel was confirmed as Executive Director of the Dance Heritage Coalition in November 2009, after stepping in as Acting Executive Director in July 2009. Smigel served as the DHC’sProject Director, during which time she led a project to define best practices of applying the Copyright Act’s fair use doctrine in essential preservation work, programs, and services of dance archives, libraries, and museums.
Lily Kharrazi Living Cultures Grants Program ManagerAlliance for California Traditional ArtsLily Kharrazi earned an M.A. in Dance Ethnology, studying at UCLA with Allegra Fuller Snyder, a pioneer in the field of dance and culture. Kharrazi served as the Program Director of World Arts West, the producers of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival for 9 seasons, during which time through extensive outreach efforts, new and little known cultural dance had the opportunity to be presented.
Malinda LaVelle WERK ChoreographerMalinda has performed with Alex Ketley’s The Foundry, Alyce Finwall Dance Theater, and Manuelito Biag’s Shift Physical Theater. Her own company, Project Thrust was established in early 2010 and their work has been shown in Ben Levy’s Salon, at The Garage as part of their Resident Artist Workshop (RAW) Program, in the Fall 2010 Dance Maker’s Forum Series at SFCD, in the 2011 Women on the Way Festival, and in the SF Conservatory of Dance’s 2011 Summer Dance Series at Z Space.
Marc Kirschner Founder and General ManagerTendu TVMarc Kirschner is the founder and General Manager of TenduTV. He oversees TenduTV’s content acquisition efforts and distribution partnerships, and works closely with industry leaders to ensure the protection of dance in the digital age. Kirschner created the concept of digital licensing for choreography and executed the first such licensing deals in the dance industry.
Maria Hanley Early Childhood Dance EducatorMaria is the founder of Maria’s Movers, a program that offers dance, movement and yoga classes to boys and girls in their early years. She also authors the blog Move. Create. Educate. (www.mariasmovers.com), where she shares her creative ideas about teaching young dancers.
Mary Beth Smith Director of Marketing and CommunicationsSan Francisco BalletMary Beth Smith, director of marketing and communications at San Francisco Ballet, is a non-profit arts executive with more than eighteen years of experience in marketing, communications, digital strategy, publications, sales and customer experience design for large and mid-sized cultural organizations.
Michelle Fletcher WERK ChoreographerFletcher lives in San Francisco, participating fully in the SF art community as a choreographer, director, mentor and writer. Fletcher works with multi-discipline artists as a coach/director and teaches at The Garage in San Francisco – home to cutting edge artists. Fletcher founded Here Now Dance Collective in 2008 and consistently creates new work with the company.
Minna Harri WERK ChoreographerMinna Harri is choreographer, performer and dance dramaturge with a passion for making, receiving and talking art. She lives and works in San Francisco since 2008 under the banner of Minna Harri Experience Set.
Moriah Ulinskas Preservation Program DirectorBay Area Video Coalition – BAVCMoriah provides leadership, vision, and direct management of BAVC’s Preservation program, one of the only non-profit audio/video preservation programs in the United States.
Muriel Maffre LecturerDance Division, Stanford UniversityMuriel Maffre’s extensive career in the performing arts brought her to dance with Hamburg Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and San Francisco Ballet where she was Principal for 17 years.
Nichelle Strzepek Dance Writer and FounderDanceAdvantage.netAfter spending more than 15 years teaching dance in a variety of settings: from private studios, to college campuses, and recreation centers, Nichelle began writing the kind of resource for students, teachers, and parents she had hoped to (but could not yet) find online.
Patience Young Curator for EducationCantor Arts CenterPatience Young is Curator for Education at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, where she is responsible for coordinating the educational endeavors of the Center, serving both the university and the wider community.
Phillip West Managing DirectorBallet MemphisPhillip West joined Ballet Memphis in 2007 with over twenty years in performing arts management. He works in partnership with the Artistic Director/CEO to support the vision and mission of the organization and provides the hands-on leadership, management and oversight of all audience development and administrative operations of Ballet Memphis, including its School, Pilates program, performances and other events.
Rory MacPherson PrincipalTrudel | MacPhersonRory MacPherson brings nearly twenty-five years of experience in the nonprofit arts field to Trudel | MacPherson. Complementing Rory’s broad knowledge of diverse arts disciplines is his in-depth expertise in planning, developing and assessing strategies for building participation in the arts.
Ruby Lockhart Executive DirectorGarth Fagan DanceRuby Lockhart is the executive director of Garth Fagan Dance, the Rochester, NY-based modern dance company founded by Tony and Bessie Award-winner Garth Fagan, the company’s artistic director and president. Previously, Lockhart co-owned the cultural institution All Day Sunday for 33 years, and spent 23 years as a Labor Relations Specialist with New York State United Teachers handling contract negotiations, arbitrations, organizing presentations and workshop development on sexual harassment, diversity, workplace discrimination, state, and federal laws affecting employees including Fair Labor St…
Samantha Giron Professor and Artistic DirectorSamantha Giron Dance Project / De Anza CollegeSamantha Giron is a choreographer, dance professor / educator, and dance events producer. After earning her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and working as a choreographer in LA, Giron returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. Shortly after, she was a featured director in ODC’s audition series and assembled a cast of collaborators.
San San Wong Program Director, Cultural Equity GrantsSan Francisco Arts CommissionSan San Wong has over 25 years of working in the arts. Since joining the Arts Commission in 2007, she has worked to expand the reach and complexity of strategies to embrace cultural equity.
Sarah Curran Programming DirectorStanford Institute for Creativity and the ArtsSarah Curran is the Programming Director for the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa), where she creates multidisciplinary arts programs to align with the teaching and research of Stanford University.
Tanya Bello DirectorProject B.In May 2010, Tanya Bello started her own dance company, Project. B. and has been awarded a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation for her work Moveable Feast. Project. B. has also been awarded a residency for the Down and Dirty Series and has been a resident artist of the Garage since May 2010.
Thomas Cott Director of MarketingAlvin Ailey American Dance TheaterOver the last 30 years, Thomas Cott has worked for some of America’s leading arts companies in a wide variety of roles, including artistic director, event producer, management consultant, fundraiser, and marketer. As a marketer, Thomas has worked on over 100 shows in Broadway and Off-Broadway venues as well as several dozen productions at The Metropolitan Opera and NY City Opera.
Tiffany Kadani Braniff Performing Artist; CreatorDancing BranflakesTiffany Kadani Braniff is a graduate of Brigham Young University where she majored in dance with a composite emphasis in ballet and modern. While at BYU she had the opportunity of dancing with bothTheater Ballet and Dancensemble and premiered three of her choreographic works in concert. At BYU she studied under certified movement specialists and was heavily exposed to Irmgard Bartenieff’s technique.
- Way Chen took on dancing as a hobby in 2008, and it soon became a lifestyle. Ever since he discovered the art of dance Way Chen has grown to become a devoted artist in his passion. Specializing in hip-hop dance styles Way has experimented with popping, locking, urban choreography, and many other styles.
Wayne Hazzard Executive DirectorDancers’ GroupWayne Hazzard, executive director and co-founder of Dancers’ Group. Before his manifold career in arts management, Hazzard had a distinguished 20-year career performing with many notable choreographers and companies including the Joe Goode Performance Group; Margaret Jenkins Dance Company; Ed Mock & Co and more.
Zachary Whittenburg Dance Writer and Critictrailerpilot.comZachary Whittenburg entered the dance scene as a performer, joining Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1998. His dancing career later brought him to North Carolina Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and BJM Danse Montréal. More recently he has freelanced, taught ballet and improvisation for professional dancers, and has presented choreography in Chicago, Canada and for the camera.