This workshop/class/consulting time is for all you artists, students and teachers out there. From grants to budgets to filling in as a therapist, I'm setting up shop. Bring ideas, artist statements, resumes and hot topics to discuss. I will work with you one-on-one and we will have group discussions about relevant topics in the dance world. I'll bring along other superstar cultural warriors to tackle your questions and frame the discussion. BYOB.
*office hours is FREE and you are welcome to drop-in and roll out as you please*
Superstar Cultural Warriors whose talents are at your disposal for FREE (bios below):
Irfana Jetha currently serves as a Development Associate for Institutional Giving at New York Live Arts (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop Reimagined). She began her career in arts administration at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where she served as the Dance Programming Intern and the Assistant Company Manager of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. After completing her BA in International Relations and Dance and Movement Studies from Emory University, Irfana became the Kids in Step Coordinator at The Atlanta Ballet. Since moving to New York City in March 2008, she has worked as a Development Associate for Dance New Amsterdam and as Development Manager for David Dorfman Dance. Irfana also enjoys being an Advisor and teacher for CLASSCLASSCLASS (www.classclassclass.org) and is the Chair of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee (www.dancenyc.org/juniorcommittee). Irfana was a 2009 and 2010 Dance/USA Access Scholar. She also dances with friends and hopes to start making dances again.
Lacey Althouse is the Development/Program Associate at Dance/NYC and has been with the organization for the past 3 years. In February 2008, May 2010, and July-September 2010, she took on a leadership role in the brief absence of a director. Major accomplishments include key contributions to programs such as the Dancer Health Screens, Dancing Through College and Beyond, the first ever Mid-Season Symposium, the 2010 website upgrade project, and the NY Community Promotion Project. Lacey has also facilitated lectures on careers in arts administration and navigating the dance scene in New York on behalf of Dance/NYC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from DeSales University in Center Valley, PA.
Brittany Beyer has lived in New York for a decade, relocating from the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She has survived as a dancer, (Johannes Wieland, Equus Project) arts administrator, (Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company) waitress, (to pay the bills) volunteer, (Tisch East Alumni Council among many others) and student. (BFA in Dance; MA in Arts Politics both from NYU / Tisch) Brittany started HYPATIA Artist Services in 2010 to help artists find the resources and assistance that fit their budget. She loves "out of the box" projects which play with the models of production, having studied social entrepreneurship and hybred organizational structures while in graduate school. Current clients include The Dance Enthusiast, The Super Scientific Circus, and visual artist Wolfgang Ryan.
Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer, curator, and consultant for performing arts organizations. After studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Columbia, and New York University, Sydney performed with Christopher Williams and the Anna Sokolow Foundation. His choreography has been presented in New York at the Dance Theater Workshop, La MaMa, and the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, among many others. Sydney is a Founding Partner with Design Brooklyn, which provides web and online infrastructure solutions for the arts, and he writes about performance history and technology for the Ballet Review and The Huffington Post. He is a Producer with the Dance[NOW] NYC Festival, a teacher for the NYU Tisch Dance Department, a lecturer on Dance History for the LEAP Program at St. Mary’s College, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Gotham Arts Exchange / Zia Artists, the New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Awards Committee, and the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA. He received his Masters in Dance Performance and Choreography from New York University, where he was a Graduate Assistant in Dance History. (www.skybetter.org).
Sarah A.O. Rosner is the founder of A.O.3 (the A.O. Entity), a three-part platform uniting the A.O. Movement Collective, freelancing collective A.O. PRO(+ductions), and the Urgent Artist blog. A.O.3 represents a new model for downtown dancemaking by holistically supporting all involved – artists, audience, funders, and critics.
Rosner founded the A.O. Movement Collective in 2006, and has been at their helm creating Anti-Ephemeral PoMo Humanist discourse and works ever since, presenting work at the RAW festival, THROW, Open Perform, WAXworks, Green Space, AUNTS, Dance Place (DC), the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and most recently, Joyce SoHo.
In 2009 Rosner founded A.O. PRO(+ductions), a freelancing collective dedicated working with emerging artists to create innovative business and sustainable practices, and currently freelances in design, media, and consulting for a wide range of clients including Faye Drsicoll, Anneke Hansen, and Cori Olinghouse.
Outside of A.O.3, Rosner has performed with Ashley Byler and Enrico Wey, and was recently one of the researchers on Danspace Platform’s The Adventure, curated by Trajal Harrell. She currently works at Dance Theater Workshop as the Manager of Member Programs and Audience Engagement, and has served as a panelist for Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks auditions and the Field’s ERPA NxGn Project. She loves to yell about art.