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NPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY

NPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL MEETING IN DALLAS ATTENDEES KAMILAH FORBES Hip-Hop Theater Festival Artistic Director 442-D LORIMER STREET #195, Brooklyn, NY 11206 718-497-4282 fax 718.360.1930 kamilah@hhtf.org JANE FORDE New England Foundation for the Arts Manager, National Dance Project 145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02111 617 951 0010 x 512 fax 617 951 0016 jforde@nefa.org SHAWNA FORNEY DiverseWorks Artspace Public Relations & Marketing Manager 1117 East Freeway, Houston, TX 77002 713.223.8346 fax 713.223.4608 shawna@diverseworks.org VELETTA FORSYTHE LILL Dallas Arts District Executive Director 2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 4600E, Dallas, TX 75201 (214) 744-6643 fax 214-744-1987 lill@downtowndallas.org SYLVIE FORTIN ART PAPERS Editor-in-Chief PO Box 5748, Atlanta, GA 31107 4045881837 x 20 fax 4045881836 editor@artpapers.org JOSÉ FRANCOS ELIA ARCE Technical Director Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission Street, San Francico, CA 94103 415-321-1326 fax 415-978-2787 jfrancos@ybca.org DAMON FRAZIER South Dallas Cultural Center Resident artist 3400 S. Fitzhugh Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210 405-513-4152 fax 214/670-8118 rithm5@yahoo.com BRIAN FREEMAN Pomo Afro Homos Director 76 Santa Marina Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 213-712-1045 brian.freeman@mac.com Jamaican naturalized citizen and graduate of the British-American Drama Academy at Oxford University in England; Kamilah Forbes is a director, producer, playwright, actor, activist, and the artistic director of Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Since 2000, she has curated the Hip-Hop Theater Festival presented annually in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC and the San Francisco Bay Area. With an eclectic and worldly mix of works, Forbes provides a stage and artistic home to artists often marginalized in theater world. She has received a Tony Award as well as the The Mayor‟s Arts Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist, was featured as one of the Top 100 Juiciest People by Vibe magazine, and was nominated for the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress. Shawna Forney is the Public Relations & Marketing Manager of DiverseWorks ArtSpace. In January 2009 Veletta Forsythe Lill accepted a newly created position - Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District– an organization “dedicated to stimulating the economic and cultural life of the region through the development and promotion of the district.” The organization acts as chief advocate and steward of the 68-acre arts-centric neighborhood. Ms. Lill, a long time advocate for the arts, served on the Dallas City Council from 1997-2005. Her work as Chair of the Arts, Education and Libraries Committee of the Council led to the passage of almost $100 million in bonds for arts and library facilities, the creation of a nationally recognized arts-ineducation program, and completion of a Cultural Facilities Master Plan for the city. Sylvie Fortin is Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning non-profit contemporary art magazine ART PAPERS, published in Atlanta and distributed in over 80 countries. José María Francos, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been a lighting designer, producer and arts administrator for over 28 years. He has collaborated with the Oakland Opera and Ballet, Wall Flower Order, June Watanabe In Dance, Ellen Bromberg Ensemble, Joanna Haigood‟s Zaccho Dance Theater, Robert Moses KIN and Navarre +Kajiyama Dance Theater and Elia Arce. He is currently the Technical Director at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Damon Frazier is an African percussionist raised in Dallas, Texas. His talent led him to work with the famous Chuck Davis African Ensemble based in Durham NC for several years before relocating back to the Southwest. Damon Frazier has traveled the United States, Africa and Europe sharing the knowledge he received with children and adults. He is currently a percussion instructor at University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK and a resident artist at the South Dallas Cultural Center where he teaches African Diaspora Percussion. Attendees • Page 12 of 42

NPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL MEETING IN DALLAS ATTENDEES DAN FROOT Artist 11405 Biona Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066 310.766.4942 fax 310.636.2757 danfroot@me.com JANE GABRIELS Pepatian Director 1001 Grand Concourse 10F, Bronx, NY 10452 917 903 7651 fax n/a gabriels_j@yahoo.com VALLEJO GANTNER Performance Space 122 Artistic Director 150 First Avenue, New York, NY 10009 (212) 477-5829 fax (212) 535-1315 vallejo@ps122.org KUMANI GANTT Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas Executive Director PO Box 22824, Seattle, WA 98122 206-323-4032 fax 206-323-4036 kumanig@cdforum.org OLGA GARAY City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs Executive Director 201 North Figueroa Street, Suite 1400, Los angeles, CA 90012 213-202-5522 fax 213-202-5513 olga.garay@lacity.org LEO GARCIA Highways Performance Space and Gallery Executive Director / Artistic Director 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 453-1755 fax (310) 453-4347 leogarcia@highwaysperformance.org ALEJANDRO GARCÍA-LEMOS 1830 Henderson St., Columbia, SC 29201 803 397 7686 fax 803 400 1179 alegar78@gmail.com MARIA TERESA GARCIA-PEDROCHE Dallas Museum of Art Head of Family & Community Programs 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201 214-922-1253 mpedroche@dallasmuseumofart.org Dan Froot is a Los Angeles-based writer, producer, composer and performer. Along with NY-based puppet artist Dan Hurlin and Seattle-based composer Amy Denio, he is creating "Who's Hungry," an ongoing series of short toy theater plays based on the lives of homeless and hungry folks in Los Angeles. His dance, music and theater work has toured nationally and internationally since 1983, including "Live Sax Acts," a series of collaborative duets with choreographer David Dorfman. Dan is recipient of a 1991 Bessie Award for creation, as well as numerous grants and fellowships. He teaches at UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures, and at colleges and universities around the country. Jane Gabriels is Director of Pepatian, a South Bronx-based arts organization (www.pepatian.org). She is also Project Coordinator for The Young Roots Performance Series at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, funded by Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund 2011-12, and co-author of the proposal. She was Project Manager for a collaborative art and community project between The Bronx Museum of the Arts and The Point CDC (2004-06) and was a teaching artist through the Community Word Project for one year at M.S. 279 in the Bronx. She is a performer, poet, events producer and artist manager (www.janegabriels.com). Jane is working towards her doctorate on the performing arts scene of the South Bronx at Concordia University, Montreal Canada. Vallejo Gantner has been Artistic Director of Performance Space 122 since 2005. P.S. 122 is New York‟s leading multi-disciplinary presenter of innovative performing arts. Prior he was Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2002 – 2004, and Artistic Associate of the Melbourne Festival 2000/01. Originally from Melbourne, Gantner worked in a range of capacities throughout the arts in the US, Asia and Australia - director, writer, performer, agent, producer and programmer. He was also the co-producer of Spiegelworld from 2006-2008, a commercial producer of contemporary circus, cabaret, music and entertainment across the US. He is a partner in a brewery - Mountain Goat Beer and in Melbourne bars Double Happiness, New Gold Mountain, Bosisto‟s Liquor Bar and Lily Blacks. Kumani Gantt joined the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas in July 2009 as Executive Director. Before working at the CD Forum, she was the Executive and Artistic Director at The Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village). Kumani has conducted writing workshops at the State Correctional Institute at Graterford, the Baltimore Women‟s Detention Center, Power Inside, and the Baltimore City School System. Her plays and performance pieces include meditations/from the ash; Three Stories to the Ground, Communion, and Testament. Her poetry collection, conjuring the dead, was awarded the Maryland Emerging Writers Award in 2003. She received a MFA in Theatre from Towson University and has attended Hedgebrook, Norcroft and Caldera writing retreats. Leo Garcia is an award-winning playwright, actor, filmmaker, producer, teacher, and activist and has served as Highways' Artistic Director since 2003 where he has developed and presented over 500 performance works. His works have been presented by numerous nationally-established companies and presenters, including Theater for the New City, The Public, The Jewish Repertory Theater, International Arts Relations Theater (INTAR), L.A. Theater Center, South Coast Rep, Tiffany Theaters, and Santa Fe Stages, among others. Garcia has been awarded by The National Endowment for the Arts, TCG, NY Foundation for the Arts, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, The National Hispanic Media Coalition, the HARC Foundation, OUT, and MCA/Universal. He is the recipient of an MFA from the Asolo Conservatory. Alejandro García is a Colombian-American visual and installation artist living between Columbia, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University in Miami and a BA in Graphic Design from the School of Arts at the National University in Bogotá, Colombia. His work focuses on complex social issues, mostly on aspects of immigration, biculturalism, religion and social justice. His work has been shown extensively in the South East and featured in El Aviso and ALAA´s newsletter. Also his installation ¨Migration Letters in Spanglish" was selected for the ongoing cover of an International publication based in London, England. Alejandro is an alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute and the founder of Palmetto & LUNA. Attendees • Page 13 of 42

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