Diane Wondisford, Producing Director of Music-Theatre Group
Music-Theatre Group (Brooklyn (Dumbo), NY) is a pioneering nonprofit company specializing in the commissioning, development, and production of new works of music theater. Career highlights include: Martha Clarke and Richard Peaslee's Garden of Earthly Delights and Vienna:Lusthaus; Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal's Juan Darien, nominated for 5 Tonys including Best Musical; Eve Ensler’s Extraordinary Measures; Diedre Murray and Cornelius Eady's Running Man, finalist1999 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, directed by Diane Paulus; Tan Dun and Paul Griffith's Marco Polo, winner of the Grawemeyer Award, directed by Martha Clarke; Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma, directed by Robin Guarino; Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam’s Dark Sisters, directed by Rebecca Taichman. During her tenure at MTG, Ms. Wondisford has overseen international touring to 14 countries. She has served as an officer and member of the Boards of Directors of The American Arts Alliance, Opera America, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/NY, and as a chair and panelist for the Opera/Musical Theater and Theater programs of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, respectively. She was the architect and co-director for the New School’s School of Drama’s Summer Music Theater Immersion Experience, an immersive program for aspiring undergraduate and graduate performers taught by a faculty of acclaimed Broadway directors, choreographers, performers, and voice teachers who provided individual instruction, taught acting and dance class, and conducted a series of master classes. Currently, Diane serves on the Board of Corona Youth Music Project (Nucleo Corona), part of the El Sistemo global movement of music for social change located in Corona (Queens, NY). She is the programming consultant for the New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division.
James Yeh, Founding Editior of Gigantic
James was born in 1982 in Anderson, South Carolina. He is a founding editor of the literary and arts magazine Gigantic. His stories have appeared in NOON, BOMB Magazine, Tin House, Tank Magazine, VICE, Fence, PEN America, the anthology 30 Under 30, and elsewhere. His essays, interviews, and other writing have appeared in VICE, The Organist, The Rumpus, ’SUP Magazine, The Morning News, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, where he graduated in 2009 with an MFA in fiction. In 2011, he was named a Center for Fiction New York City Emerging Writers Fellow. His story “9/16/10” was selected as a notable story in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. He lives in Brooklyn, where he is at work on a novel. He can be found online at jamesyeh.com or on Twitter.
Louky Keijsers Koning, Curator, Art Historian and Owner/Director LMAK Projects
Louky Keijsers Koning is a New York based curator, art historian and owner/director of LMAKprojects. She founded LMAKprojects in 2005, and in 2009 was joined by Bart Keijsers Koning, her husband. Through the gallery program Keijsers Koning is able to extend her interest and commitment to the artist's process and introduce collectors to new horizons through visuals, sound or concept. Her curatorial practices vary from video and film programs, performances and exhibitions. Besides running the program at her gallery she has organized exhibitions such as Towing the Line, drawing space: 40 artists from the Netherlands at White Box, Engaging the Speculum at Bannister Gallery, Salad Days at Artists Space and the Art Basel program at the Sagamore in 2006 honoring Yoko Ono. Her video and film programs were shown at venues like Art in General, Longwood Arts and Thomas Erben Gallery. One of her latest endeavors is LMAKseries, a life audiovisual performance event that she co-curates with Richard Garet. She holds two MA's one in Art History and onebin Cultural Studies (Art Management) from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Andrew Bourne, Associate Editor of Cabinet and Online Literature Editor of BOMB
Andrew works for two Brooklyn-based magazines. He is associate editor of Cabinet and online literature editor of BOMB. He has taught fiction and poetry at Brown University and continues to work closely with writers from many different disciplines.
Judith Page, Artist, Curator, Writer and Educator
Judith is a nationally recognized artist, curator, writer and educator living in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past twenty-five years, Page has mentored hundreds of artists beginning with her tenure as Director of the Art Galleries at Valencia College in Florida; subsequently as Founding Program Director of Aljira Emerge in Newark, NJ; and through her teaching at Maryland Institute College of Arts and currently in the MFA Fine Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In addition, she has given numerous lectures and workshops aimed at helping artists develop their careers, receive grants and fellowships, and exhibit their art. She has organized over 200 exhibitions, and written articles, essays and criticism for publications such as Sculpture magazine and for individuals. An essay on Annette Messager is included in A Sculpture Reader: Contemporary Sculpture since 1980. Page is the new Director of Programs for Tree of Life foundation, which will launch its website and grant program for visual artists in 2014.
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