Toni Shapiro-Phim is a cultural anthropologist with a specialization in the arts of Southeast Asia. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University, writing about the relationship between war, dance and music in Cambodia, and has held research and teaching positions focused on arts and social justice at the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University and, most recently, at Bryn Mawr College. Co-editor of Dance, Human Rights and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion (2008), her writing has also appeared in Annihilating Difference: the Anthropology of Genocide (2002), The Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre (2007), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (2001) and other books, magazines, and journals. She is currently program specialist at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, where she conducts research about urban expressive culture and coordinates an arts and social change education program.
Shapiro-Phim has contributed various articles to the Center website, including a profile of Robert and Helene Browning of the World Music Institute for the American Impresario series.
Thomas O. Kriegsmann is the Director of Programs at New York Live Arts and the founder of ArKtype, a management and production agency supporting emerging and established domestic and internationally based artists. In 2015, he served as an LOI panelist in Performance.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding director of Urban Bush Women, on why “wanting profound social change and being an artist [are] not contradictory or binary places.”
New Paradise Laboratories’ Center-funded production of Freedom Club received media attention after traveling to New York City.
Dancer and choreographer Amy Ginsburg is currently the director of dance at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
Internationally noted artist Michael Rakowitz will weave the stories of local Iraq War veterans and Iraqi refugees, cultural traditions, music, and found sound into a participatory performance at Independence Mall, combined with a ten-episode radio program for a national audience, providing an intimate, multifaceted, and sustained portrait of Iraq.
Lumi Tan is curator at The Kitchen in New York, where she organizes exhibitions and produces performances with artists across disciplines and generations.
Stephanie Smith joined the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, in 1999, and is now deputy director and chief curator.
Promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble seeks to represent the country’s culture through dance.
As part of the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center welcomes Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula.
Emily Brown is a visual artist and a 2000 Pew Fellow.
Janine Antoni creates work in performance art, sculpture, and photography.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents portrait of myself as my father, a dance work by Zimbabwean dancer Nora Chipaumire.