KEN MALDONADO Born and raised in New Mexico, Maldonado relocated to the East Coast to attend the University of Rochester (NY). He started his career in non-profit administration while in Rochester, serving as a development officer with Neighborhood Housing Services, Hillside Children’s Center and Community Health Network. In 1992, Maldonado came to NYC to work with community and HIV/AIDS advocacy groups in fundraising and special event production. It was during the planning of a benefit that incorporated dance that he met a choreographer and was introduced to dance. After this meeting of fate, Maldonado turned his full focus to working with choreographers and dance companies. After brief stints with Circum-Arts and The Parsons Dance Company, he founded Zia Artists, a management and booking agency for dance artists. The roster is home to some of the finest visions in modern dance.
ANN TUOMEY-DEPIRO Ann Tuomey-DePiro, was born into a family that encouraged both artistic achievement and community service. This has instilled in her a commitment to the arts through not-for-profit service. Currently she is the Director of Studio Operations for New York City Center, Manhattan’s first institution for the performing arts. Over her seven years at New York City Center, she has managed the daily operations of the rehearsal studios as well as established and developed educational programs that expose smaller dance companies to new audiences through master classes, lecture demonstrations and showcases in the studios. She is herself a painter, and received her training from The Art Students League. Tuomey-DePiro possesses a strong devotion to the dance arts, and currently serves on the boards of Danspace Project and Gotham Arts Exchange.
SYDNEY SKYBETTER Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer, curator, and management consultant for performing arts organizations. After completing studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Columbia and New York Universities, he danced with Christopher Williams, the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, and the Anna Sokolow Foundation. Sydney consults for DancenOw/NYC, David Dorfman Dance, and the New York University Tisch Dance Department, among others, and has served on curatorial panels for Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, and Dance New Amsterdam. He is a Graduate Assistant in Dance History and Masters Candidate at NYU, and proudly resides in Brooklyn. www.skybetter.org
DARRAH CARR Darrah Carr is the artistic director Darrah Carr Dance. She holds an MFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University. Named one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans of the Year” by Irish America Magazine. Carr has been active for over a decade in both the Irish and modern dance communities as a choreographer, dancer, educator, and writer. Carr served as the assistant choreographer to Sean Curran for the Tony award winning Broadway musical “James Joyce’s The Dead” and has set original works on Trinity Irish Dance’s Junior Company, Nassau Dance Theatre, Mise Eire Irish Dancers, and Hofstra University’s Dance Majors. Carr has choreographed scenes for the Lite Theater Company’s production of “King Stag” and has coached actors at The Producer’s Club. She and her Dublin born Irish step dance partner, Niall O’Leary, have performed their duet act across the U.S. and Japan. Carr has performed with Banshee, an Irish Women’s Arts Collective, and with many renowned musicians including: Mick Moloney, Natalie MacMaster, and Arlo Guthrie and the Vanaver Caravan. Carr is an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University and teaches at her studio: ModERIN. She is associated with the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, and frequently conducts Arts in Education programs through Darrah Carr Dance, The School for Education in Dance, Vanaver Caravan, and Toledo Ballet School. Carr is a respected scholar of Irish dance and has twice presented her research findings at conferences of the Congress on Research in Dance. She has lectured at NYU’s Ireland House, Wesleyan University, Hofstra University, Eastern Connecticut State University, St. John’s University, and Kingsborough Community College. Carr is a frequent contributor to Dance Magazine, Young Dancer, and Dancer, and is the North American Editor of The Dance Insider. www.darrahcarrdance.com
JENNIFER WINDUS JOHN Jennifer Windus John specializes in creating innovative engagement programs that connect communities of learners through interdisciplinary education. She is currently the Senior Director of Programs for Literacy Inc. and is redirecting the strategic scope of the agency. As Regional Manager for the Bose Corporation, she launched the company’s interdisciplinary music outreach program, In Harmony With Education, in New York City. Prior to that, she served as Senior Manager of Education for New York City Center developing dance and theater curriculum for the stage’s premier artists. She received her Master of Arts in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and her B.A. from Texas State University.
CHAD HERZOG Chad Herzog has served as the director of the performing arts at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, since October 2006 and curator of the College’s performance series since 2002. Under his vision and leadership, responsibilities include managing and overseeing the College guest artist series, distinguished lectureship series, conferences and events office, and the operations of the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. Since taking over the program, participation in the arts at Juniata has increased by over 600%. Chad serves as the immediate past president of Pennsylvania Presenters and is on the board of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents), and on the executive board of Penn State Public Broadcasting. He has served on the boards of Big Brother Big Sisters Huntingdon County, Huntingdon Arts Festival, and the Huntingdon County Arts Council. When not seeking out the latest technology trends, his passion is to investigate and implement audience development techniques through curation in the arts. Chad has a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and most recently Chad created and developed articulture, a community supported arts program (www.articulture.us).