Director of Strategic Partnerships, The Laundromat Project
Ayesha Williams is an art professional with over a decade of experience working with visual artists, presenting programs, and generating funding for both commercial galleries and nonprofit institutions. From 2010-2016, Ayesha managed Visual Arts at Lincoln Center, a comprehensive program that provides visual art offerings and experiences to Lincoln Center’s audiences and supporters. Prior to joining Lincoln Center, Ayesha was the Director of Kent Gallery. In addition to her professional experience, Ayesha is on the board of The Possibility Project and also serves as a Steering Committee member of the UN Women’s Conference 2016. Ayesha received her Master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She is Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Laundromat Project.
ELENA ROSE LIGHT
Independent Dance Artist & Writer, and Programs Manager at Gibney Dance
Elena Rose Light is a Brooklyn-based writer, and dance/performance artist, with interests lying at the intersection of historical research, visual culture, and feminism. She has presented work at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center (Work Up), Triskelion Arts (Summer ShakeUp), Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Green Space, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among other venues. This spring, she will present work through Movement Research at Judson Church and as part of the New Voices in Live Performance festival at the Center for Performance Research; she is also co-producing a new performance series, Fête, that will debut in early summer. Elena was an artist in residence at E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency in February 2016 and at The School of Making Thinking in July 2015. She is also a collaborator/performer in Bruno Isaković’s Disclosures, “interweav[ing] thoughts on the female nude in art with memories of growing into her voluptuous physique.” (The New York Times)
Elena holds a BA in French and the History of Art with honors from Yale University, where she was awarded the Jonathan Edwards College Arts Award. Her "day job" is working as Programs Manager at Gibney Dance, where she produces live performances and manages a visual art space. She also write thoughts on performance via her blog, Dance and Circumstance, as well as Culturebot.
Writer at Culturebot / Hyperallergic
Tara Sheena is originally from Detroit, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and BA in English in 2011. She is a dancer, writer, sometimes-podcast host and all-the-time arts advocate. Currently, she is collaborating on dance work with Nadia Tykulsker/Spark(edIt) Arts, Laurel Snyder and Kirsten Schnittker. Tara is excited to be a new member of the DanceNYC Junior Committee; hosts a podcast project titled "No Pressure;" co-organizes Community of Practice, a program for early-career dance practitioners; and contributes writing to Culturebot and Hyperallergic, among others. She has a day job at the Whitney Museum.
Associate Artistic Director of Gibney Dance
Amy Miller is a NYC-based dancer, choreographer, educator and advocate. Interested in finding ways to foster both artistic excellence and social engagement in all of her work, Miller strives to prioritize both components in equal measure. The associate artistic director of Gibney Dance, she also spearheads the development of the organization's Community Action into domestic violence shelters both locally and abroad. From facilitating movement workshops with survivors of trauma, to conducting trainings for artists interested in engaging in social action, Miller is devoted to raising awareness about intimate partner violence, as well as the role that movement and creativity have in both prevention and the recovery process. A former principal dancer with the Ohio Ballet, she was a founding member and artistic associate of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater for over a decade. Her ongoing partnership with Oberlin Conservatory of Music professor Peter Swendsen has created numerous works for GroundWorks, as well as an upcoming premiere for Gibney Dance Company in May 2015. In addition to numerous university residencies throughout the US, her solo work has been seen at venues throughout NYC. Miller holds a BFA in Dance and is also the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her choreography.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR AT DANCE MAGAZINE
A Twin Cities native, Kristin graduated cum laude from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance and journalism. As a dancer, she has performed works by a range of choreographers, from George Balanchine to Helen Pickett to Andrea Miller. Most recently, she was with Summation Dance. Kristin is an associate editor at Dance Magazine. Read Kristin's writings on Dance Magazine and on her blog.
Julie is an independent curator with strong interest in new media and digital art. She completed her MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute in London focusing her research on Experience Design and Performance in Tino Sehgal’s Situations. Her current work investigates new technologies, collaborative and interactive practices. She has worked at MoMA, The Jewish Museum, ICA (London), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), The Museum of Everything (London), and is an advisor for The Moving Museum. She is a contributor for ArtForum.
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