Summer Forum 2015

New York, New York
Monday, July 06, 2015

Jed Bernstein, President of Lincoln Center
Wednesday, July 8

Since joining Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as its ninth President in January of 2014, Jed Bernstein has overseen the launch and expansion of key initiatives central to his vision for Lincoln Center, including new community outreach and engagement programs, new digital strategies, a new focus on cross-campus collaboration, and continued excellence in programming. Under his administration, Lincoln Center has developed and launched new pilot programs with the New York community in mind (Family-Linc, Boro-Linc and LC Kids), expanded the Lincoln Center Local program to all five boroughs, increased the number of free performances at the David Rubenstein Atrium, and announced plans to develop Lincoln Center’s first-ever Hall of Fame, to honor and celebrate the legacy of the great artists that have graced Lincoln Center’s iconic stages.

Prior to assuming the Lincoln Center presidency he served for seven years as president of Above the Title Entertainment, a theater/television production company and marketing consultancy. As an independent Broadway producer, Bernstein received a Tony Award® for the revival of Hair, and most recently produced Driving Miss Daisy which had successful runs on Broadway, London’s West End, and in Australia. From 2011 through 2013, he simultaneously played a central role in the financial and creative restructuring and renovation of the iconic Bucks County Playhouse, where he served as producing director. For 11 years, as president of Broadway League, Bernstein headed up Broadway’s national trade association. His work on digital initiatives included the launches of the Internet Broadway Database, the number-one theatrical industry data resource, and the official website of the Tony Awards®. In addition to fundraising for many theatrical productions, Bernstein led successful fundraising campaigns for the Broadway League and the Bucks County Playhouse. During his 15 years in the marketing and advertising industry, Bernstein led creative teams and worked closely with corporate clients such as IBM, American Express, and Seagrams on some of the most noteworthy, effective campaigns of recent times. Bernstein has a longstanding commitment to arts education, and taught and lectured for more than 20 years at the Yale School of Drama, NYU and Savannah College of Art and Design, and also served as executive director of the Commercial Theater Institute. Bernstein is a graduate of the Yale School of Management where he received an MBA, and the University of Pennsylvania where he led the student drama group, the Penn Players.

Russell Granet, Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education
Mondays, July 6, 13, and 20

Russell Granet is internationally known for his work in arts education. Mr. Granet joined Lincoln Center after running his own international consulting practice, Arts Education Resource (AER).  Prior to founding AER, Mr. Granet held leadership positions as Director of Professional Development at The Center for Arts Education—The NYC Annenberg Challenge; Director of Education at The American Place Theatre; and senior teaching artist at the Creative Arts Team. Since 1995 he has been on the faculty at New York University, where he developed and teaches the course Drama with Special Populations.  Since his appointment in September 2012, he has spearheaded Lincoln Center Education's highly successful fundraising efforts, its renovation, and the rebranding initiative that simultaneously confirms Lincoln Center’s educational mission and its message of dedication to bringing the arts to all schoolchildren.

Eric BoothInternational Arts Learning Consultant
Wednesday, July 15

As an actor, he performed in many plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway and around the country, playing over 23 Shakespearean roles, directing and producing in New York, and winning acting awards on both coasts.  As a businessman, he started a small company, Alert Publishing, that in seven years became the largest of its kind in the U.S. analyzing research on trends in American lifestyles. He was a frequent public spokesperson on trends with three books and regular appearances on CNN, NBC and in major print media. As an author, he has had five books published. The Everyday Work of Art won three awards and was a Book of the Month Club selection, and The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible, was published by Oxford University Press.  He has written dozens of magazine articles, for seven years wrote the education column in Chamber Music magazine, and was the Founding Editor of the quarterly Teaching Artist Journal. In arts learning, he has been on the faculty of Juilliard (13 years), and has taught at Stanford University, NYU, The Kennedy Center (15 years), Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (for 25 years), and he has given classes for every level from kindergarten through graduate school; he has given workshops at over 30 universities, and 60 cultural institutions. He started the Art and Education as well as the Mentoring programs at Juilliard. He has designed and led over twenty research projects, and seven online courses and workshops. He was the Faculty Chair of the Empire State Partnership program for three years (the largest arts-in-education project in America), and held one of six chairs on The College Board’s Arts Advisory Committee for seven years. He serves as a consultant for many organizations, cities and states and businesses around the country, which has included seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras, and five national service organizations. Formerly the Founding Director of the Teacher Center of the Leonard Bernstein Center (now on the Board of Directors), he is a frequent keynote speaker on the arts to groups of all kinds. He is the Senior Advisor to the El Sistema movement in the U.S. He was asked to give the closing keynote address to UNESCO’s first ever worldwide arts education conference (Lisbon 2006), the keynote to the world’s first conference on orchestras and community engagement (Glasgow 2006), and he founded and led the world’s first international and second teaching artist conferences (Oslo 2012, Brisbane 2014).

Ping Chong
, Artistic Director of Ping Chong + Company
Wednesday, July 8

Ping Chong is an internationally acclaimed theatre artist and pioneer in the use of media in the theater. Since 1972, he has created over 90 works for the stage which have been presented at major festivals and theatres worldwide. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Artist Fellowship, two BESSIE awards, two OBIE awards and the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. In 1992, he created the first work in the Undesirable Elements series of community-based oral history projects of which there have now been over 50 productions. His puppet theater work CATHAY: ThreeTales of China was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for its Festival of China in 2005 and was presented at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, New Victory Theatre, the Vienna Festival and the World Puppetry Festival in Chengdu, PRC. His adaptation of Kurosawa’s THRONE OF BLOOD, was presented at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 2010. Theatre Communications Group has published two volumes of his plays The East West Quartet and Undesirable Elements: Real People, Real Lives, Real Theater.  

Garry Hynes
, Artistic Director of Druid Theatre Company in Ireland
Tuesday, July 14

Garry Hynes founded Druid Theatre Company in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was ArĀ­tistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.  

Internationally, Garry has worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Court (UK), and with Second Stage, Signature Theater and Manhattan Theater Club in New York; with The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C and with the Spoleto Festival (USA). 

Awards include; a Tony Award for Direction for The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1998), the Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Direction for The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (2009), a Special Tribute Award for her conĀ­tribution to Irish Theatre (2005), and Best Director at UK Theatre Awards 2012. In December 2010, Garry was appointed Adjunct Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at her alma mater, NUI Galway.

Finegan Kruckemeyer, 
Australian Playwright
Thursday, July 16

Finegan has had 75 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into five languages. His work has enjoyed seasons in: over 70 international festivals; eight US national tours; six UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), New York’s New Victory Theater (three works), Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre, and at theatres throughout Germany (where he is represented by Rowohlt).  

Finegan and his work have received at least one award each year for the past nine, including the inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, and three Australian Writers Guild Awards for Best Australian Play for Children/Young Audiences. He was Keynote Speaker at the 2013 US One Theatre World conference, and has spoken at conferences in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden and the US, with essays published and his work studied at several international universities.
He lives in Tasmania with his wife Essie and son Moe.

Logan Smalley
, Director at TED-Ed at TED Conferences
Wednesday, July 22

Logan Smalley currently serves as the founding Director of TED-Ed, TED Conferences' award-wining educational initiative, which is shared with creating and optimizing TED content for classrooms around the world. The TED-Ed programming is accessed daily by millions of students and teachers internationally. Logan is also the founder of a unique online book discovery engine entitled "Call Me Ishmael." Based on the famous opening line of Moby Dick, Call Me Ishmael is a literacy project that allows bibliophiles of all ages to "call Ishmael" on a phone, and to leave him a message about a book that changed their life. Ishmael shares the most engaging voicemails with readers worldwide. Prior to working on these projects, Logan was the director, editor, and composer behind the award-winning film and nonprofit organization, Darius Goes West. Logan studied Special Education at the University of Georgia, and went on to earn an M.Ed. in Technology, Innovation and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Nilaja Sun, Playwright
Tuesday, July 21

Nilaja Sun is the solo performer and writer of the Off-Broadway smash No Child..., which had its initial run at the Barrow Street Theatre and was recently revived there in an extended run. For her creation and performance of No Child... and its subsequent national tour, Nilaja garnered 21 awards including: an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, and two Outer Critics Circle Awards including the John Gassner Playwriting Award for Outstanding New American Play. Theatre credits also include The Commons of Pensacola, Einstein's Gift, Time and The Conways, Huck and Holden, and The Cook.  Tv/Film credits include Madam Secretary, Louie, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Unforgettable, The International, and Rubicon. As a solo performer, her projects include the critically acclaimed Blues for a Gray Sun (INTAR), La Nubia Latina, Black and Blue, Insufficient Fare, Due to the Tragic Events of..., and Mixtures. Nilaja was awarded the soloNOVA Award for Artist of the Year by terraNOVA Collective. Sun was recently awarded a NYSCHA grant, through Epic, to create her newest solo piece, Pike St, which will have its world premiere at the Abrons Arts Center in November. A native of the Lower East Side, she is a Princess Grace Award winner and has worked as a teaching artist in New York City for over 15 years.

Tim Webb, Artistic Director of Oily Cart in London
Thursday, July 9

Tim Webb is one of the founders and the artistic director of Oily Cart which creates theatre for two main types of audiences: very young children, under 5 and sometimes under 2, and, in addition, for young people defined as having Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities or as being on the autism spectrum. Oily Cart started out in 1981 and each year creates between 2 and 3 new productions. They are a regularly funded organisation of the Arts Council in England.

Oily Cart productions are multi-sensory experiences, especially for young people with complex disabilities. It is theatre which is as much about smell, taste and touch as it is about seeing and hearing. It is also highly interactive, adapting to each individual audience member including those that are vision and hearing impaired. To engage the kinaesthetic senses, Oily Cart's work includes the use of trampolines, hydrotherapy pools and aerialists on their flying rigs. Oily Cart tours throughout the UK and, from time to time, Europe and North America. Oily Cart is exceptionally proud to be supporting Lincoln Center Education and Trusty Sidekick's Up and Away project.

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