Do I Have To Choose Between Creative Process and Community Engagement?


Thursday, June 8 | 3:45pm-5pm


Christy Bolingbroke (Moderator)

As the Founding Executive/Artistic Director for the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (NCCAkron), Bolingbroke is responsible for setting the curatorial vision and sustainable business model to foster research and development in dance. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director for Advancement at ODC in San Francisco, overseeing curation and performance programming as well as marketing and development organization-wide. ODC programming was recognized for. Bolingbroke’s curatorial choices showcasing quality and aesthetic diversity from the emerging to mid-career artists with a variety of entry points for audiences. A key aspect of her position included managing a unique three-year artist in residence program for dance artists; guiding and advising them in all aspects of creative development and administration.

Prior to ODC, she was the Director of Marketing at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn where her achievements included increasing ticket sales in tour markets worldwide and activating Access/MMDG events in such major hub cities as Seattle, Houston, Boston, New York, and Berkeley.

Bolingbroke earned a B.A. in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, is a graduate of the Arts Management Fellowship program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a certificate holder from the Institute of Curatorial Practice in Performance, and a current Masters candidate at Wesleyan University. She is a former Board President of the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles, a founding member of Emerging Leaders for New York Arts, a retired board member of California Presenters, and a consulting advisor for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation Management initiative.



Sara Nash (Speaker)

Sara C. Nash is the Program Director for Dance at the New England Foundation for the Arts. Prior to joining NEFA in 2011, Sara managed the USArtists International grant program at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and worked as Senior Producer at Dance Theater Workshop (New York Live Arts), where she oversaw the international program The Suitcase Fund and developed residency programs for commissioned artists. Sara has worked at Tanec Praha, an international contemporary dance festival in Prague, and at the British Council in London. She has served as a moderator, speaker, and panelist for a variety of organizations and conferences including the Alliance of Artists Communities, The Boston Foundation, The Japan Foundation, MANCC, and the National Performance Network, among others.



Indira Goodwine (Speaker)

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Indira Goodwine is an arts administrator committed to using art as a form of activism to educate, inspire and service diverse communities. Her professional career in arts administration began at Harlem Stage where she worked in both programming and general management. During that time, she also served as the Company Manager for Camille A. Brown & Dancers and in August 2016 transitioned into the role of Managing Director. Indira is a 2016 NYCT Fellow and has participated in other notable programs such as the American Express Leadership Academy and Dance/USA’s DILT Program. She has also been a speaker for Next Generation National Arts Network and Dance/USA’s Annual Conference. As a performer, Indira has had the opportunity to perform works by Camille A. Brown, Earl Mosley, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Millicent Johnnie, Toni Renee Johnson, Shani Collins-Achille, Shouze Ma, Tamara LaDonna Williams, and Troy Powell, among others. Indira received her M.A. in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from The Florida State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.



Ariana Brawley (Speaker)

Ariana Brawley is the Associate Producer of Jacob’s Pillow Dance and over the course of her 6 year tenure at the Pillow has worked in many facets. Currently, Ariana supports all Pillow programming as a producer, serves on the creative team, curates the Inside/Out Performance Series. Brawley graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with Bachelors of Fine Art in Dance and a Bachelors of Art in Communication; where she received the Virginia Robison Award for Excellence in Dance and Academics.



Rodrigo Garcia (Speaker)

Rodrigo García is the Artistic Director for Teatro Visión, a Chicanx/Latinx theater company based in San José, California with over three decades using participatory theater to engage communities in the artistic process. He graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City with a major in modern dance and theater. He is also the founder of “Teatro Alebrijes” the only LGBTQ Spanish-speaking theater ensemble in the West Coast. Rodrigo is a Theater Communications Group (TCG) fellow, a graduate of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI), and member of the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).