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LFP Cohort III (Jun 2017 - Jan 2019)


Ken Foster APAP
Ken Foster
Ken Foster is Associate Professor of Practice in the Thornton School of Music and Director of Arts Leadership at the University of Southern California. Before joining the faculty of USC, he was executive director of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) for ten years. The organization thrived under his leadership, benefitting from his dedication to nurturing long-term relationships with artists, growing YBCA's audience and establishing the Center as an international leader in the contemporary arts. Foster has more than 30 years of experience as an arts administrator, curator, educator, and performing arts presenter at Millikin University, Penn State University and the University of Arizona in addition to YBCA. He has served as a board member for national arts organizations like the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Dance USA, and Chamber Music America, is a Founding Member of the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium and consults regularly with arts organizations around the world on issues of relevance to the arts and the contemporary world.
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Krista Bradly APAP Cohort
Krista R. Bradley
Krista R. Bradley is the director of programs and resources at APAP. She most recently led BlackRock Center for the Arts, a $1.5M nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center in Germantown, Maryland. As Executive and Artistic Director, she was responsible for programming the performing arts season and overseeing the day-to-day execution of fundraising, marketing, education, gallery programming, and operations of the organization. During her tenure, BlackRock expanded and refreshed its programming, increased and diversified audiences, and secured its first NEA grants. Prior to BlackRock, Krista served for six years as Program Officer of Performing Arts for Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, where she managed performing arts touring and funding programs for a nine-state region. She brings more than twenty years of experience working in the nonprofit, performing arts, and philanthropy sectors as a funder, curator, arts administrator and consultant. Over her career she has worked for and with such organizations as the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Walker Arts Center, Washington Performing Arts, Houston Grand Opera, OPERA America and the Wallace Funds. She serves on the board of the Maryland Citizens for the Arts. Krista holds a B.A. degree in Literature and Society from Brown University and has been a choral and a cappella singer for most of her life. She currently makes music as an alto member of The Thomas Circle Singers, a DC- based chamber choral ensemble.
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Group Leaders: Cohort III

Dan Froot
Dan Froot is a Bessie Award-winning performance artist who has collaborated with such artists as Yoshiko Chuma, Ping Chong, Dan Hurlin, Ralph Lemon, Guy Klucevsek, and Victoria Marks. He and choreographer David Dorfman, created “Live Sax Acts,” a series of interdisciplinary duets they have performed on five continents. His current project, “Pang!,” is a triptych of short radio plays based on oral histories of families living with hunger in Miami, Cedar Rapids and Los Angeles. He is a Knight Foundation Artist In Residence at Miami Light Project, and teaches creative process and business of the arts at UCLA.
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Stephanie McKee
Stephanie McKee is a performer, choreographer, educator, facilitator and cultural organizer based in New Orleans, LA. She is the Artistic Director for Junebug Productions Inc., the organizational successor to the Free Southern Theater (FST), which was formed in 1963 to be a cultural arm of the Civil Rights Movement and was a major influence in the Black Theater Movement. Ms McKee is a member of AlternateROOTS , a New Voices emerging leaders alumnus and has been a faculty member and facilitator for the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute for over 10 years. As an artist, Stephanie believes art is for everyone and is deeply committed to creating art that substantively reflects disparate conditions, as a powerful tool for change.
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Andre Perry

Andre Perry lives in Iowa City where he serves as the Executive Director of The Englert Theatre, a 104-year-old performing arts space in the heart of downtown. He is also the co-founder and director of the Mission Creek Festival, a week-long exploration of performance, literature, andcommunity events. Perry also created Witching Hour, a two-day fall festival that explores the unknown, discusses creative process, and presents new work across a variety of disciplines. He currently serves on the boards of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and FilmScene, Iowa City's nonprofit art-house cinema.
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Beatrice Thomas
Beatrice Thomas is a multidisciplinary artist, artist coach & consultant. For more than 20 years, Thomas has worked in philanthropic, curatorial, and administrative roles with the San Francisco's Arts Commission's Cultural Equity Grants, City of Austin – Cultural Arts Department, the George Washington Carver Museum & Flatbed Press Gallery. She has presented workshops on grants, queer arts & cultural equity for the Center for Cultural Innovation, the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, & the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. As a consultant, Thomas works nationally, promoting the work of queer & POC artists & cultivating diverse audiences. She is an inaugural fellow of the APAP Leadership Fellows Program.
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Cathy Zimmerman
Cathy Zimmerman is an independent producer, curator and creative consultant working for more than 25 years with U.S. and international performing artists and arts organizations in capacities including producing, curating, project development and management, public relations and fundraising. Zimmerman was co-founder and Executive Producer for MAPP International Productions, a producer of performing arts projects that raise critical consciousness and spark social change. She was producing director for Bebe Miller Company, artistic director of Soho Booking and dance curator for Central Park SummerStage. She is a founding member and general manager of The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium. She has led workshops, organized international gatherings and participated on panels for state and regional arts organizations, Dance USA and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, among others.
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Linsey Bostwick
Linsey Bostwick joined the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi after years of producing works in NYC and internationally. Prior to joining the Arts Center, Bostwick worked at Pomegranate Arts with artists such as Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Lucinda Childs, Robert Wilson and Taylor Mac. She was a collaborator with Big Art Group, Cynthia Hopkins and Nina Winthrop among others. Bostwick has been published in the Yale Theatre Journal and the International Journal of Performance Arts. Bostwick holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Washington in Theatre and a MFA from Brooklyn College in Performance and Interactive Media Arts.
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Andre Bouchard
Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai descent) grew up on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. He is the founder of Walrus Arts Management and Consulting, LLC, a booking and consulting agency representing Indigenous Performing Artist from across the US. In the past, he has served as Program Officer for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and Senior Researcher at the AMT Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. He is Chair of Western Arts Alliance’s Indigenous Committee and a member of their board. He earned a BFA in Dance from the University of Montana and a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Ben Cohen
Ben Cohen serves as Senior Agent for Cadenza Artists, a Los Angeles-based full-service talent agency, where he oversees the booking and development of national tours across the domestic United States. In addition to tour development, Ben serves as agent and manager for dozens of artists both in the US and abroad, representing genres that have spanned Classical, Jazz, World music, Americana, Dance, and Contemporary Performing Arts. He is thrilled to be participating in Cohort III of the Leadership Fellows Program. Ben received a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College in 2011 with a degree in Music Performance and Political Science.
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Brett Elliott
Brett Elliott serves as the Executive Director of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (the Kate) assuming responsibility for talent booking, budgeting, fundraising, and all aspects of operations. Brett earned his MFA in Arts Leadership from DePaul University, a joint program pairing full-time employment with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Brett previously worked with Broadway in Chicago, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Australia’s ‘One Step at a Time Like This.’ Holding a BA in Theater from Saginaw Valley State, Brett is a very proud product of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival, an organization that truly gave him his start.
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Liza Green
Liza Green is Associate Director of NC State LIVE in Raleigh, NC. She recently moved from Brooklyn to a small family farm in Hillsborough with her husband and daughter. Liza has worked as an artist and non-profit arts manager with positions including: Grants and Services Manager at LMCC and Artist Services and Development Manager at The Field. She co-directs The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure, a collective that creates site-specific performance works in collaboration with communities. Liza holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from LIU’s Friends World Program and an M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from CUNY Brooklyn College.
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Leslie Hanlon
Leslie Hanlon has been the director of fundraising & marketing for the Fine Arts Series at the College of SaintBenedict/Saint John’s University since 2006. She is currently transitioning to a new role as director of community engagement. She provides strategic leadership in establishing programmatic, outreach, marketing & fundraising priorities. She works closely with campus/community partners to identify collaborations and innovative residency work. She serves on the boards of both the Central MN Arts Board and MN Presenters Network and has been a regular panelist for regional grant panels.
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Mary Jennings
Mary Jennings is an arts presenter and advocate, currently serving as the Director of Programming and Developmentfor the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University. Mary studied classical ballet at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, and is finishing her M.B.A. at Michigan Tech. At the Rozsa Center, Mary oversees all programmatic, engagement, and development initiatives. She serves on the advisory committee for the Upper Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance, working to make the arts more visible, valued, and sustainable in her region.
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Chanon Judson
Chanon Judson is a native of Buffalo NY, cum laude graduate from University at Buffalo. She began her relationship with the critically acclaimed Urban Bush Women in 2001 serving the company in a number of capacities including performing member, rehearsal director, Summer Leadership Institute Faculty and Director for UB2 –Urban Bush Women’s performing apprentice ensemble (2009). Chanon now deepens her work with as Associate Artistic Director and BOLD Coordinator (Builders, Organizers, and Leaders, through Dance). Additionally, Chanon has employed the methodologies of UBW to create Family Arts Movement and Nurturing the Nurturer, living room forums for parenting artists.
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Joshua Kane

Joshua Kane is a NYC Artist with a history of activism that includes serving the State of CT as a Master Teaching Artist, leading workshops in multicultural environments and performing nationwide. A solo theatre artist, Kane is self represented and specializes in partnering with presenters to further their brand through community and artistic engagement. Best known for his shows Gothic at Midnight, Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Terror and Borders of the Mind. Kane’s voice has been featured on WNYC’s Radio Lab and national commercial campaigns for clients including the CIA, Major League Baseball, Little Caesar’s and Pillsbury.
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Leah Keith

Leah Keith is a performing arts professional with over 15 years of experience. Her career has spanned many areas of the field, including performance, marketing/fundraising, outreach, and artist/tour management. Currently she is a booking agent and artists manager at Columbia Artists, representing the agency’s roster of artists and attractions with performing arts centers, symphony orchestras, concert halls and promoters. Leah began her career as a flamenco dancer in Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and serves on WAA’s Conexiones committee. She is an adjunct professor for Brooklyn College’s MFA in Performing Arts program, of which she is also an alumna.
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Damia Khanboubi

Damia Khanboubi was born in Casablanca, Morocco and raised in New Orleans, she has always found herself immersed in the transformative power of culture. Her introduction to her passion work of supporting African & African American art & culture began over 7 years ago at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, a 19 year-old organization based in Central City in New Orleans, as Executive Assistant to Executive Director & Co-Founder Carol Bebelle. She continues her passion work as Program Associate & Project Manager of the Homecoming Project at Junebug Productions, a 37 year-old theater production company with roots in the Civil Rights movement.
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Michael Liu

Michael Liu is a performing artist and arts advocate with international experience across multiple disciplines. Currently Michael serves as Director of Chinese Community Initiatives at Flushing Town Hall. Trained and experienced as a stage director, actor, and singer, Michael performed for national audiences in Taiwan before transforming his career to administration. Previously, Liu spearheaded several projects at Theatre 80 in NYC, National Performing Arts Center in Taiwan, and at Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education. He holds an M.A. in Arts Politics, an MFA in Theater Acting, and a BA in Diplomacy. He teaches Chinese Culture at the CUNY.
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Sam Livingston

Sam Livingston is Director of Operations for the Weill Music Institute (WMI) at Carnegie Hall in New York City. As the education and social impact arm of Carnegie Hall, WMI produces a wide range of programs that invite people into music-making in NYC, across the country, and around the globe. Sam leads the production, administrative, and communications elements of these programs. Prior to Carnegie Hall, he worked at the John F. Kennedy Center and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Sam is a percussionist, holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, and is a native of Madison, WI.
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Miro Magloire

Miro Magloire was lauded as "refreshingly original" by Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times, and is the founder and artistic director of New Chamber Ballet, for which he has created over 80 ballets in his signature, sculpturesque style. Trained as a composer as well as a choreographer, he is known for his ground-breaking collaborations with musicians and a special affinity for cutting-edge contemporary music, as well as for the no-frills, unaffected aesthetic he has pioneered with New Chamber Ballet. Recent outside commissions include works for the American Academy in Rome, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Sarasota Opera, CelloPointe, and Periapsis Music and Dance.
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Stephen Manuszak

Stephen Manuszak is program director for international initiatives at Arts Midwest, a regional organization that primarily serves the Upper Midwest. Stephen brings global performers for residencies in small U.S. communities, sends U.S. artists on cultural exchanges abroad, and develops domestic and international partnerships. These programs build understanding through interactive exchange and share authentic cultural voices in areas where international tours do not often reach. Stephen was a fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, sailed around the world with Semester at Sea, and holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. from New York University.
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Emily Marks

Emily Marks is committed as an artist, curator and producer to reinvigorating work for youth in compelling, adventurous, and meaningful ways. She is completing her studies at Wesleyan University's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance and growing her company, Lionheart Youth theatre. Upcoming projects include developing a docu-performance with Memphis teenagers tracing the legacy of Stax Records, a three-city launch of "Malibu Stacy" which explores gender and identity through re-purposing of 3000 Barbie dolls, and the upcoming national tour of "Petra and The Wolf" featuring puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre set to a live original score by Mother Falcon.
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Jack McLarnan

Jack McLarnan is a performing arts organizer, currently managing Seattle Theatre Group’s annual season of fine-arts programs in music, dance, and contemporary theatre. He worked previously in public programming at the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Jack has served as a grant panelist for The National Endowment for the Arts, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, and Links Hall. He holds a BFA in Studio Art with minor studies in music performance, from the University of Montana. He goes to to omany shows and should probably sleep a little more.
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Heena Patel

Heena Patel, a South Asian programming consultant, producer, booking agent, artist manager, and advocate for diversity in the performing arts on and off stage, is the founder and CEO of MELA Arts Connect - a cultural resource and specialist in South Asian performing arts. A sanitation engineer turned tabla player and performing arts entrepreneur, she started off in the arts as a dancer and choreographer of Indian dance. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Heena now splits her time between North America and India. Through MELA, Heena seeks to foster partnerships to create meaningful cross-cultural experiences and help artists build sustainable careers.
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Ronee Penoi

Ronee Penoi is Associate Producer for Octopus Theatricals, a company dedicated to producing and consulting in the performing arts. Ronee is also Creative Producer for the Welders Playwrights' Collective, and a TCG 2016 Rising Leader of Color. Previously, Ronee founded Theatre from the Districtto support generative DC theater artists. She was the NNPN Producer-in-Residence at Woolly Mammoth, a Senior New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage, and was Assistant Stage Manager for Anna Deavere Smith's national tour of Let Me Down Easy. Ronee has a BA in Music with Certificates in Theater and Vocal Performance from Princeton University.
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Theresa Remick

Theresa Remick is the managing director of the Performance Center at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, where she is responsible for the annual Page Series as well as the presentation of Saint Mary's Arts and rental events. Her experience includes roles at George Washington University, National Arts Strategies, Washington National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. She serves as Vice Chair of the Winona Fine Arts Commission and on the board of the Minnesota Presenters Network. Remick earned her bachelor's degree from Eastman School of Music and a master's in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.
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Sarah B. Rodriguez

Sarah B. Rodriguez is the Associate Director of Institutional Giving at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. She has been at the Apollo for two years, and has worked in Development for more than 10 years at leading cultural institutions, including: The Public Theater, Miami City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Sarah is a member of the New York Junior League, and was nominated a “Woman to Watch” in 2015. She received both her Undergraduate Degree and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Miami (FL).
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Bonnie Schock

Bonnie Schock is a lifelong arts worker. She holds an MFA in Stage Directing from University of Minnesota. She served 5 years as Artistic Director for 3 Legged Race, where she produced and/or directed 75+ developing performance works. She was on faculty and served as academic program director in Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, taught Theatre, Dance Production, and Arts and Cultural Leadership courses at graduate and undergraduate levels at University of Minnesota. Her leadership roles include Executive positions, organizational consulting, Program Officer at a State Arts agency, and her current position as Executive Director at the historic Sheldon Theatre.
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Alexandra Rachelle Siclait
Alexandra Rachelle Siclait is a cultural diplomacy enthusiast from Haiti who had the unique opportunity to intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C and South Arts in Atlanta, GA. Formerly, she served as the Program Manager for the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. Siclait received her MS in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and her MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Siclait is currently a Board Member at BURNAWAY, an Atlanta-based nonprofit arts organization that promotes contemporary visual art in Atlanta and the South.
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Daniel Singh
Daniel Singh is the Artistic Director of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. Working from a broad palette of styles such as Bharata Natyam, Modern Dance, and Social dance forms, he creates vibrant dances that mirror the communities that inspire him. Daniel draws on a diverse educational base with an MBA from Georgetown University, an MFA in Dance and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Laban Movement Analyst Certificate from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. His current focus is on creating sustainable dance programs that support dancers both artistically and financially.
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Dexter Story
Dexter Story is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, music director and producer based in Los Angeles. Story has worked in multiple facets of the music industry (from marketing director at Priority and Def Jam Records to talent buyer at the legendary LA club Temple Bar). Story released his soul jazz album “Seasons” in 2013 and his East African-inspired “Wondem” in 2015. He music-directed 2015’s stellar Wattstax Revisited and 2016’s Soy Africano concerts at Grand Performances, and recently produced Brownswood Recording artist Daymé Arocena’s Cubafonia album. Story also works as Artivist in Residence / event producer at Community Coalition of South LA.
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