Maria Bauman

Maria Bauman. Photo courtesy of Urban Bush Women.

Maria Bauman is the founder and artistic director of MBDance, which has received Harlem Stage Fund for New Work awards through the Jerome Foundation, among other honors. She was awarded a 2015 CUNY Dance Initiative residency, and is now Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University. Bauman’s work has been showcased at numerous venues in New York and elsewhere in the region. She facilitates learning for students in venues including Gibney Dance, the American Dance Festival, and on behalf of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She previously served as Associate Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women and is former arts coordinator of El Puente (NY). Bauman works closely with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. She is a WOW Café Theatre collective member and is on the Laundromat Project’s Artists + Community Council in New York City. Bauman served on the Center’s Performance panel in 2014 and 2015.


The finale concert of the Mann Center’s Philadelphia Freedom Festival, “Gospel Meets Symphony,” has received widespread media attention.

Historical musicologist David Gutkin reflects on workshopped performances of works by Robert Ashley and Cornelius Cardew.

“There is a hunger for a conversation about process,” says dancer and choreographer Tania Isaac, when asked about changes in audience expectations.

How might a world-famous art collection inform a new piece of music? MacArthur award-winning saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark shares his thoughts.

The William Way LGBT Community Center presents OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will highlight intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.

In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Opera Philadelphia’s transformation as a “haven for new opera.”

Grants & Grantees

Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy by Aeschylus included original music by sound designer Daniel Kluger.

Grants & Grantees

This large-scale performance, inspired and informed by the immigration process, will premiere in June 2015. The second performance will be simulcast live for a public audience at Independence Mall.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Nami Yamamoto’s cut-paper installations reflect the hundreds of natural and man-made objects she consistently collects, serving as visual resources and inspirations for her practice.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Philip Bither has been the Walker Art Center’s senior curator of performing arts since 1997.

Collaborators & Colleagues

James Fei is an active composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics and an associate professor of electronic arts at Mills College in Oakland, where he has taught since 2006. He served as a Center music panelist in 2013, and an LOI panelist for Performance in 2015.

Jazz Bridge presents a concert featuring sets by jazz guitarist Pat Martino and jazz pianist and Pew Fellow Uri Caine.