EMCArts Innovation Team

In 2014, the UBW staff, company and a team of stakeholders began work through the EmcArts Innovation Lab for Performing Arts to explore the following question: "How can we catalyze a paradigmatic shift in how the dance field identifies and nurtures female choreographers of color?"  


Innovation Team members included:

  • Tammy Bormann, Chair of the UBW Board of Directors

  • Sandra Burton, Lipp Family Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in Dance, Willams College

  • Jennifer Calienes, National Arts Consultant and Former Founding Director, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

  • Gayle Fekete, Professor of New Dance and Cultures at California State Polytechnic University

  • Marjani Forté, Choreographer and Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator
  • James Frazier, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs, School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Anna Glass, Producer

  • Germaine Ingram, Choreographer

  • Sam Miller, President, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

  • Lai-Lin Robinson, UBW Associate Producer

  • Jonathan D. Secor, UBW Producing Partner

  • John Shibley, Process Facilitator, EmcArts

  • Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, UBW Founder/Visioning Partner

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