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Eric Oberstein, 2009, North Carolina
Eric Oberstein is a GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning producer, arts administrator, musician, educator, and consultant. Eric currently serves as Associate Director of Duke Performances, the professional performing arts presenting organization at his alma mater, Duke University. Prior to returning to Duke, Eric served as Executive Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the New York-based non-profit that supports the GRAMMY-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), directed by Arturo O’Farrill. Eric produced O’Farrill and the ALJO’s 2014 release, The Offense of the Drum, which earned a GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album, and he produced O’Farrill and the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra’s 2013 album, Final Night at Birdland, which earned a Latin GRAMMY for Best Instrumental Album. He also produced the ALJO’s 2015 album, Cuba: The Conversation Continues, featuring Arturo O’Farrill’s “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite,” which earned a GRAMMY for Best Instrumental Composition. In addition, Eric authored a chapter on the topic of the Creative Campus and university arts engagement, which appears in the acclaimed anthology 20UNDER40: Re-Inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century. He holds Master’s degrees in Arts Administration and Arts in Education from Columbia University and Harvard University, respectively.
Priya Sircar, 2011, New York
Priya Sircar first took the stage at age three and has crafted a life in the arts ever since—as a producer, performer and administrator. As a senior consultant with Lord Cultural Resources, Priya has managed planning processes engaging cultural, business, education and civic leaders, as well as hundreds of everyday citizens, in developing plans that aim to achieve each community’s or organization’s cultural goals and potential. Priya has worked with the City of Chicago, Wyoming PBS, Houston’s Memorial Park, Boston Jewish Film Festival, Artpace/Linda Pace Foundation, New York Public Library/Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Fort Monroe, The Blanton Museum of Art/The University of Texas, and Brooklyn’s Billy & Company among others.
A dancer-choreographer, actor and former musician, Priya has founded dance troupes, performed around the U.S. and directed movement for the theatre in New York. Her speaking engagements include Zocalo Public Square, MuseumNext, World Architecture Day, the annual conferences of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and American Alliance of Museums (AAM). She also has produced narrative and documentary shorts that have screened around the country, including at SXSW. Previously, as a grantmaker at the global public health organization the Lance Armstrong Foundation (now LIVESTRONG), Priya managed the provision of community- and capacity-building funding and services to organizations throughout the U.S. Priya started there in development, liaising with donors, cultivating prospective donors and helping to establish the Founder’s Circle. Today Priya draws on this experience as an advisor and grant panelist for Asian American Arts Alliance. She is also a 2016 fellow in EmcArts's Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators adaptive leadership institute.
Priya hails from the Lone Star State and holds a B.A. in the interdisciplinary Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas.
Shagorica Basu, 2002, California
Shagorica is a result-oriented Non Profit Development Manager with National and International experience in Institutional Giving (Corporate, Foundations,and Government). Her strong grant writing skills and keen ability to provide strategic guidance helped her successfully raise funds for Sesame Workshop, National Center for the Performing Arts Mumbai, and Art India Magazine. She has also served on the board of The Field (an artist services organization) for six years in New York. She is passionate about preservation and conservation of traditional art forms while supporting edgy, contemporary, and thought provoking art. She recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Shagorica has a Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University and a M.A in Arts Administration from Columbia University.
Sarah Bolson Barnett, 2008, New York
Sarah joined The New York Botanical Garden in 2008 as the Manager of Foundation Relations. She was promoted to Associate Director of Foundation Relations in 2009 and to Associate Vice President for Foundation Relations in 2011. In her current position, Sarah oversees the Science Development and Foundations Relations Departments, which are responsible for raising more than $3 million each year in foundation and government support. Before joining the Garden, Sarah held several positions in the arts and cultural field, including for Martin Vinik Planning for the Arts LLC, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC Office of Parks and Recreation, and Playwrights Horizons. Sarah graduated Magne Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, and received an Masters of Arts in Arts Administration from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2009. She was the 2013 recipient of the Teachers College Early Career Award.
Carolyn Charpie Fagan, 2012, New York
Carolyn is the Education Programs Manager at The New Victory Theater, where she oversees the production of all in-school related content, long-term residencies and teacher professional development programs. Before coming to the New Vic, Carolyn worked administratively at the Center for Arts Education, Mannes College of Music at The New School, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston. She was inspired to enter the field of arts administration after working as a theater teacher in Boston's public and private schools. Like many arts administrators, Carolyn's primary background is as an artist. When she is not at New Vic or at home with her daughter, she is working on her career as an actor. Carolyn holds a BA in Theater and Philosophy from Boston College and an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University.
Daniel Gallant, 2004, New York
Daniel Gallant is the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, as well as a writer, producer, actor, and teacher. Daniel is the recipient of a 2016 Eisenhower Fellowship and an alumnus of National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program. He previously served as the Director of Theater and Talk Programming at the 92nd Street Y’s Makor and Tribeca centers, and has produced dozens of theater, music and charity events at venues including Summerstage, Town Hall, Brooklyn Museum, Joe's Pub, Abrons Arts Center, and the DR2 Theater. Daniel has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Crain’s New York, the Daily News, Time Out New York and Voice of America; and on MTV, NBC, NY1, CBS, NPR, Univision, the BBC and other networks. His writing has appeared in the New York Post, Howlround, Shotgun Honey, BK Nation and anthologies from TCG, Vintage Books and Applause.
Javier Iturralde De Bracamonte, 2010, New York
Javier is a global thought leader in international arts and culture whose work encompasses the fields of cultural strategy and planning, integrated marketing, and "cultural business development." He has over 12 years experience maximazing competitive opportunities, as well as developing organizational strengths and designing high-quality, cost-effective marketing programs for global arts organizations. Javier is founder of Articulaciones, a consulting firm and think tank that aims to contribute to the worldwide effort to strengthen the bridges between marketing, strategy, economy and the arts. Javier lectures extensively on marketing and strategic issues in the cultural sector, and has published, lectured, and organized several international summits, where some of the leading thinkers and doers in the arts field have been invited to share their ideas and experience. Javier is orginally from Madrid and has lived in Paris, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Montreal and Lima. He moved to New York City in 2008 for school and hasn't found another place he would rather live.
Alison Kaplan, 1992, New York
Alison Kaplan received her M.F.A in Arts Administration from Columbia's School of the Arts, her J.D. from Pace University, and her B.A. from Purchase College. She has over 20 years of non-profit strategic planning, board development, fundraising, and management experience for arts, education, government, and social service organizations. Before her current position as a Staff Attorney with the Vera Institute of Justice's Guardianship Project, she was a fundraising consultant to organizations in need of strategic and development planning. She offers the committee her knowledge of developing alumni programs which she gained from her work at Bank Street College's School for Children and as an Executive Alumni Committee member for Purchase College.
Amanda White Thietje, 2008, Minnesota
Amanda White is in her fourth season as Managing Director at Mixed Blood Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a Master's degree from Columbia University's Program in Arts Administration, she has served as a member of both the Strategy and Major Gifts teams at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in Play Development for Broadway producer The Araca Group, and as Associate Artistic Director at the William Inge Center for the Arts, where she was placed as the recipient of a Theatre Communications Group Future Leaders Fellowship. She holds an MFA in Performance from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and she is an alumna of The School at Steppenwolf Theater Company. She has worked as a producer, director and actor for theatre companies throughout the United States, and she is currently the co-Artistic Director and a founding member of DalekoArts, an ensemble theatre company in New Prague, Minnesota. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at St Mary's University, where she teaches in the Arts & Cultural Management program, she is also a member of the Board of Directors for Minneapolis' award-winning Walking Shadow Theatre Company.