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NPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY

NPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL MEETING IN DALLAS ATTENDEES ASHLEY CLEMMER HOFFMAN Project Row Houses Public Arts Manager P. O. Box 1011, Houston, TX 77251-1011 (713) 526-7662 fax (713) 526-1623 ashley@projectrowhouses.org SARA COFFEY Vermont Performance Lab Director 561 Fitch Rd., Guilford, VT 05301 802-579-3766 sara@vermontperformancelab.com LAURA COLBY Elsie Management Director 55 Washington St, suite 327, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718-797-4577 fax 718 797 4576 laurac@elsieman.org ALVAN COLON-LESPIER Pregones Theater Associate Artistic Director 571-575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (718) 585-1202 fax (718) 585-1608 acolonlespier@pregones.org JANE COMFORT Jane Comfort and Company Director 55 N. Moore St., New York, NY 10013 (212) 226-5109 fax 212 226.5109 jjcomfort@earthlink.net ERNESTO CONTENTI Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh Director and Member, Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh 440 East Burgess Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214 412-377-5850 econtenti@aol.com CHRIS COWDEN Women & Their Work Executive Director 1710 Lavaca St., Austin, TX 78701 (512) 477-1064 fax (512) 447-1090 cowden@womenandtheirwork.org TISHA CREAR Office of Cultural Affairs Cultural Programs Coordinator 1925 Elm Street 4th Floor, Dallas, TX 75201 214/670-4081 fax 214/670-4114 tisha.crear@dallascityhall.com Ashley Clemmer Hoffman has worked at Project Row Houses since December 2006. As the Public Art Manager, she is responsible for curating and organizing all of the artists projects, residencies and public programs. She also oversees marketing/communication and tours. Ashley earned her M.A in Community Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2006 and her B.A. in Visual Arts from Roanoke College (Salem, Va) in 2003. Sara has been working in the performing arts field as a manager, programmer, producer and fundraiser for nearly 20 years. After working in New York City for more than 13 years, she relocated to Southern Vermont in 2004 with her family. In the summer of 2006 she launched Vermont Performance Lab, an enterprise that focuses on providing creative residencies to artists working in contemporary music, dance and performance. VPL's Lab Program provides artists with space, time and support to develop new work and engage with the local community as part of the research and development process. Ms. Coffey holds a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from New York University and a BA in Anthropology and International Studies from Marlboro College and the School for International Training. Laura Colby established Elsie Management in 1995: an artist management company representing a global roster of dance, theater, world music, and outdoor spectacle. She is the Immediate Past President of NAPAMA, served on the board of Dance/USA, and was the founding Chair of Dance/USA‟s Agents Council. Since forming Elsie, Colby has represented over twenty-five performing arts touring companies from five continents, coordinating tours to over two hundred global venues. A frequently invited speaker for panels, workshops, and educational sessions, began her arts administration career as a manager for several independent contemporary choreographers. She graduated The Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance. Alvan Colon Lespier is Associate Artistic Director of Pregones Theater. As such he is in charge of operations of the comapny's 130 seat theater and is curator of the company's annual music series. Together with Pregones Artistic Director, Rosalba Rolon and Associate Artistic Director, Jorge B. Merced he is part of the Artistic Team that leads the ensemble's artistic engagement. Jane Comfort is a choreographer, writer, and director whose multi-disciplinary works have been presented throughout the United States, in Europe, and Latin America. Her work explores the intersection of movement and text, and has long mixed high and low arts to make social and political commentary. She is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, and received a BESSIE Award for Underground River. She choreographed Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical Passion, and Michel Legrand's Amour as well as Shakespeare in the Park's Much Ado About Nothing and Lyric Opera of Chicago's Salome. Recent commissions include NPN, Ballet Memphis, Stanford University, Rhode Island College, Headwaters Dance, Columbia College, and Jeanne Ruddy. Ernesto Contenti is a director and past president of Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he has resided in USA for many years and serves professionally as vice president of Document Translations and Graphic Design for DT Interpreting based in Pittsburgh. He has a diverse background in marketing, graphic design, language interpretation and music and has performed as a singer and accordionist with various Latin American music groups. He earned distinction as a celebrated musician and recording artist during early years in Argentina. Chris Cowden has served as the Executive Director of Women & Their Work since 1986 and has overseen the work of more than 1,475 visual and performing artists. She directs all programming and is responsible for planning, implementation, and evaluation as well as fiscal management. Cowden has a B.A and M.A. in English Literature and completed all course work for a PhD. During her tenure, W&TW has tripled in size and the organization maintains a national presence. W&TW became a member of NPN in 1985 and in 2008 became a founding member of the Visual Artists Network Tisha Crear is a Dallas based artist who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts with an African Studies minor. She is on the artist team at the South Dallas Cultural Center. Tisha Crear is former co-founder and owner of Reciprocity in Oak Cliff, Texas, a spoken word venue. She is currently CEO of Reciprocity Records and Executive Producer of the poetry/music compilation project, NOMMO. Tisha is co-founder of the new non-profit organization Seed Money Foundation, Inc. that offers arts and health initiatives to the African American community. She worked as Education & Outreach Coordinator for South Dallas Cultural Center. Currently, Ms. Crear is the Cultural Programs Coordinator for the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Attendees • Page 8 of 42

NPN 25TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL MEETING IN DALLAS ATTENDEES SAGE CRUMP South Arts Performing Arts Exchange Director 1800 Peachtree Street, NW Suite 808, Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 874-7244 fax (404) 873-2148 scrump@southarts.org BRAULIO CRUZ-ORTIZ 525 W. Westchester PKWY. Apt. # 1031, Grand Prairie, TX 75052 972 207 7381 braulio.cruzortiz@mavs.uta.edu SHOSHONA CURRIER Every house has a door 1144 North Hoyne, Chicago, IL 60622 917-292-5738 shoni.currier@gmail.com MATTHEW CUSICK 1202 Newport Ave, Dallas, TX 75224 718-344-5957 matt@mattcusick.com LANE CZAPLINSKI On the Boards Artistic Director 100 West Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98119 (206) 217-9886 fax 206-217-9887 lane@ontheboards.org RONALD DAVISON Journeyman Ink, LLC Percussionist / Artist / Poet 2557 Talco Dr., Dallas, TX 75241 214.372.4796 ronald1862@yahoo.com MARIA DE LEON National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Executive Director 1208 Buena Vista, San Antonio, TX 78207 210-432-3982 fax 210-432-3934 maria@nalac.org ALEC DE LEON National Performance Network Program Specialist- Visual Artists Network P.O. Box 56698, New Orleans, LA 70156 504.595.8008 x209 fax 504-595-8006 alec@npnweb.org Shoshona Currier is a New York based theater artist, currently serving as the Director of International Programs for Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas. She also produces the Chicago-based performance company Every house has a door as well as the Berlin-based Lewis Forever. She is the Artistic Director for NYC-based performance company The Shalimar whose work has been seen at Performance Space 122, 59e59 Theater, The Edinburgh Fringe (Stage Award for Best Ensemble), and many other venues in New York and abroad. She is a staff director at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Member: Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Soho Rep Writer/Directors Lab. Lane Czaplinski is the Artistic Director of On the Boards – one of the leading centers for contemporary performance in the Western United States. Prior to moving to Seattle in 2002, Czaplinski worked as the Program Manager at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In January 2010, Czaplinski helped launch OntheBoards.tv, an online, pay-per-view platform for contemporary performance videos. He has worked with many organizations as a panelist/advisor including the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, Japan Foundation, National Performance Network, Creative Capital, Herb Alpert Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, Pew Charitable Trusts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, USArtists, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, American College Dance Festival and the Bessie Committee. Journeyman Ink transcends cultures, creeds and races by awakening the creative soul and developing emotional literacy through the power of shared life experiences on stage and in the classroom. We pursue speaking and performance opportunities unique for their use of original spoken word and melody memory methods (stimulating oral/aural responses through the recitation of songs and mantras). We offer diversity education, character development, and professional consultation that touches on human emotions and empowers each participant to discover his/her own voice. We tailor commission work, multi-disciplinary workshops and presentations for any need while inspiring others to talk to the page, write to be heard, and courageously find inner strength and common ground. Maria Lopez De Leon is the Executive Director and board member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC). Ms. De Leon has been with NALAC for twelve years and has served as Executive Director for eight years. Under Ms. De Leon‟s leadership, NALAC launched the NALAC Fund for the Arts, a grant program for Latino artists and organizations, completed production of a documentary series on Latino art and culture for PBS, has developed and directed the Transnational Cultural Remittances program, a grant program for artists and organizations in the U.S., Mexico and Central America; has directed the convening of four national arts and cultural conferences and has lead the continued development of ten editions of the renowned annual Leadership Institute. Alec De León is the Program Specialist for the Visual Artists Network and National Programs. He is also an artist and musician. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University. Previous experience includes serving as Director of Alex Beard Gallery in New Orleans and as an Adjunct Professor at Towson University in Towson, MD. His paintings have been exhibited in New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Florida. As a member of the psychedelic rock band the Heatbunnies, De León and his musical collaborator, Chris Cassidy, have released their first album, “Plasmic Organic,” on iTunes and are currently working on their second album. Attendees • Page 9 of 42

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