Friday, 29 October 2021
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Prelude Curators and New York Artistic Leaders
Join us for a panel with PRELUDE Curators and artistic leaders from the New York City theatre and performance scene. The panel will explore questions around the creation of a global New York Theatre and Performance Festival in the summer of 2023: How should such a festival look? Who would be and who should be the audience? How can existing New York stages be involved? What role can NYC parks play?
Frank Hentschker (he/him) executive director of The Segal Center, came to the Graduate Center in 2001 as program director for the Graduate Center’s Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and was appointed to the central doctoral faculty in theatre in 2009. He is the founder of the World Theatre Performance series, the annual fall PRELUDE Festival, and the PEN World Voices Playwrights Series. Apart from programming Segal Theatre Center events Frank teaches Theatre History at Columbia University and is currently working on a book about Robert Wilson’s play texts.
Elena Siyanko is Artistic & Executive Director of PS21, Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, a new state-of-the-art green-energy black-box and open-air pavilion theaters that sit above nineteenth century apple orchards at the apex of over 100 acres of beautiful Hudson Valley land, two hours north of New York City. In her two inaugural seasons as PS21’s first director, despite the cancellations necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, PS21 was able to present an ambitious program of live and livestreamed music, movement, international contemporary circus, multimedia, film, visual art, and panel discussions in the center’s open-air pavilion theater and in the adjacent wooded meadows and trails. While fostering creativity through residencies and encouraging collaborations between performers working across disciplines and genres, PS21 also serves the community via free and low-cost workshops, performances, and other programming.
Nile Harris is a performer, director, and curator of live works of art. His work has been presented at the Palais de Tokyo, Under the Radar Festival (Public Theater), The Watermill Center, and Volksbühne Berlin amongst many others. His work has been supported by Pepatián, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Abrons Arts Center, YoungArts, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. He is currently a resident of the Devised Theatre Working Group at the Public Theater/Under the Radar Festival under the leadership of Mark Russell.
Elizabeth Van Dyke
Elizabeth Van Dyke is an award-winning producer, actress, and director who has directed plays all over the country and received honors for her work. Elizabeth originated the roles of Fannie Mae Dove in FLYIN’ WEST by Pearl Cleage and Mattie in NO…N, NO JEWS, & NO DOGS by the late John Henry Redwood and Annie Talbot in THE DANCE ON WIDOW’S ROW BY Samm-Art Williams. She received an AUDELCO Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Zora Neale Hurston. Elizabeth is the Co-Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Going to the River, a program that develops & presents the work of women playwrights of color. Ms. Van Dyke has received the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in Theatre at Austin Peay State University, The Board of Directors Award from AUDELCO, The President’s Award from the Black Theatre Network, A Fox Foundation Grant, and a Rockefeller Grant to study the elements of Japanese Theatre.
Kristin Marting is the Founding Artistic Director of HERE (in co-leadership with Executive Director Kim Whitener) and a director of hybrid work based in NYC. At HERE, she cultivates artists and programs all events for two performance spaces for an annual audience of 30,000. Under her leadership, HERE has garnered 16 OBIE awards, 2 OBIE grants for artistic achievement, the 2015 Ellen Stewart Award from New York Innovative Theatre Awards, a 2006 Edwin Booth Award (“for Outstanding Contributions to NY Theatre”) from the CUNY Graduate Center, five Drama Desk nominations, two Berrilla Kerr Awards, four NY Innovative Theatre Awards, 1 Pulitzer Prize award and 2 nominations. She co-created and co-curates HARP, HERE’s Artist Residency Program. For 19 years, she curated The American Living Room, an annual summer festival featuring over 30 new works by emerging artists; and for 8 years, Queer@HERE, an annual festival of gay and lesbian work. She was recently named a nytheatre.com Person of the Decade for outstanding contribution, a Leader to Watch by Art Table and honored with a BAX10 Award for Arts Managers. Kristin is also co-Director of PROTOTYPE: opera theatre now, an annual festival of contemporary opera-theatre and music-theatre works, which she co-founded with Beth Morrison and Kim Whitener.
David Bruin is a dramaturg, producer, curator, and scholar of theater and performance. He currently serves as the executive artistic director of Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, Maine. He was a co-curator of the 2019 and 2020 Prelude Festivals. He is also a co-editor of A Moment on the Clock of the World (Haymarket Books, 2019). His current book project considers the role of abjection on the postwar American stage.
Prelude Curators and New York Artistic Leaders
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