Jim Nicola has been the artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) since 1988. Under his guidance, NYTW has remained steadfast to its founding commitment of nurturing both established and emerging theater artists, promoting collaboration and bold experimentation with theatrical forms. Nicola initiated an extensive series of workshop opportunities including summer residencies and minority theater artist fellowships, and has forged a unique community of theater artists, the Usual Suspects, who form the core of NYTW’s artist development activities. As Artistic Director, Mr. Nicola has been instrumental in the development of many NYTW world premieres and has mentored Elevator Repair Service and Noor Theater as companies-in-residence, inviting these smaller theater companies to receive support and resources from NYTW in order to further their growth and development.
Before joining NYTW, Nicola spent nine years at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., first as a National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellow and later as a producing associate. From 1975–80, Mr. Nicola was a casting coordinator for the New York Shakespeare Festival. He was a Center management panelist in 2010.
Andrew McIntyre visited the Center in summer 2012 for a day of workshops on visitor behavior and new approaches to engaging arts audiences in the 21st century.
Regina R. Smith has served as a program officer on the Arts & Culture team at the Kresge Foundation since 2008.
Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Center-funded School for Advanced Performance Training was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is widely known for giving artists exhibitions at critical points in their careers.
Cathy Stanton is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Tufts University and an active public historian. She served as a 2015 LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.
InterAct Theatre Company is committed to producing socially and politically relevant work for theater.
In the first segment of a three-part conversation between Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon and Center Executive Director Paula Marincola, they discuss Gordon’s role as a conduit between the Center and its grantees.
Brenda Dixon Gottschild completed research and writing for her book, which tells the story of Joan Myers Brown and the previously unwritten 20th-century dance history of black Philadelphia.
Tomah uses traditional folk songs of compassion, trust, and reconciliation to generate collective strength and foster dialogue about critical issues facing Liberian immigrant communities.
Sarah Lutman has worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the past 35 years, and she is currently an independent consultant and entrepreneur.
The concluding performance of Jamillah James’ AUX Curatorial Fellowship includes new dance performances by New York-based choreographer and dancer niv Acosta, and Philadelphia-based choreographer and dancer Jumatatu Poe.
Settlement Music School will develop programs that are responsive to the needs of nearby residents by studying neighborhood demographics and working with “community advocates.”