Arts Management 2001-2002 Fellows
Tauras serves as an artistic assistant to the famous Lithuanian director, Eimuntas Nekroðius at his theater studio "Meno Fortas." He was also a producer and tour manager for Nekroðius. Tauras studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music where he now lectures on theater management. Prior to the fellowship, he was director of the Lithuanian International Theatre Festival LIFE, the first international theater event in all the Baltic States. Originally an actor, Tauras has played more than 40 roles in Lithuanian theaters and more than 20 roles in Lithuanian, Russian, and American film and television productions.
After completing the Fellowship Program Kathryn returned to her position as managing director for Dad’s Garage Theatre, a small professional theater in Atlanta, Georgia where she oversaw administrative and financial changes as the operating budget increased three-fold and the full-time staff more than doubled. In January of 2005, she joined the staff of the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech as the Business Manager. Kathryn is a member of “Women in the Arts,” on the board of Dad’s Garage Theatre, and a panelist for the Fulton County Arts Council.
Rachel Fine currently serves as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A professional and passionate classical musician, as well as a well-rounded and imaginative administrator, Rachel Fine's career has been distinguished by her rare commitment to classical music as an art form, an important educational tool and a catalyst for positive change. Prior to joining the LA Chamber Orchestra, she served as Executive Director of Los Angeles Children's Chorus, was named recently one of "50 Women of Influence" by Pasadena's THE Magazine, and was honored to participate in the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's prestigious 2008-09 Arts Leadership Initiative (ALI). She served previously as Director of Development for the renowned San Francisco-based period ensemble Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and held leadership positions at the Juilliard School, Santa Fe Opera, and the Aspen Music Festival. An accomplished pianist, Rachel spent her undergraduate years at the Eastman School of Music and the University of California, Irvine, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in music. She pursued graduate studies in musicology at Yale University.
Kadija George is the publisher of SABLE LitMag, an international literary publication, and the founder of Sable LitFest. She is a literary consultant, project manager, and editor, with a background in community relations, and press for the arts. Ms. George has written for major publications and magazines globally and has edited several critically acclaimed anthologies. She created the Writers HotSpot in which groups of writers of color visit diasporic communities to address their cultural heritage in aspects of their work. She is general secretary of the African Writers Abroad Centre (PEN), the Chair of International PEN Women Writer's Committee (IPWWC), a fellow of the George Bell Institute, and is a graduate of Birmingham University with a major in West African studies.
Dan Hagerty is the director of individual campaigns for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is responsible for managing a fundraising team of more than 20 who raise $25 million+ in annual contributions from individual donors. He joined the Center in 2001 as a fellow in the Kennedy Center’s Arts Management Institute. During that time, he worked as the company manager for the Sondheim Celebration, a festival of six new repertory productions. Before coming to the Kennedy Center, he was a producer and fundraiser for WETA-TV, the Washington, DC PBS affiliate. He is a graduate of Boston University.
Ramien is now the Administrator for the Education Department at the Kennedy Center. Previously, he was executive director of the Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) where he oversaw its dance school, outreach programs, capital campaign, new facility construction project, and the launch of Washington Reflections Dance Company—DIW's professional modern dance company. Prior to becoming a Fellow, Ramien served as a consultant for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, as part of his work with Projects in Active Cultural Engagement (PACE). PACE researches the intersection between the cultural arts/cultural arts education and civic and intellectual development.
Fiona is Marketing Director at The Old Vic, one of London's oldest and best-loved theatres. She joined the company in 2004 when a new producing company was launched, with Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director. She started her career in book publishing, spending time at both Pan Macmillan and Faber & Faber, before moving to the National Theatre. After completing the Fellowship Program, she returned to the National as Public Affairs Planning Manager to co-ordinate branding, marketing and communications strategies to support the vision of new Artistic Director, Nicholas Hytner.
Jeanne (Ryan) Dimmick
After completing her fellowship year, Jeanne (Ryan) Dimmick served as the assistant manager for annual giving at the Kennedy Center through 2005, after which she has worked in part-time events management while raising a family. Prior to her fellowship year, she served as assistant to the president at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. She had previously assisted the senior producers at the Lincoln Center Festival. As a vocalist, she starred in regional musical theater productions, sang lead with a professional party band, and recorded her own original solo and choral compositions before transitioning to full-time arts management. She studied in Chile, received a federal Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in the Humanities to attend graduate school, and subsequently received a Master of Arts degree in musicology/ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan.
After completing the Fellowship Program in 2002, Bruce returned to the UK on a 1-year contract as Rambert Dance Company's Head of Development following which he worked for two years on a variety of projects as an independent arts advisor. In January 2006 he was appointed Director of Central School of Ballet, based in Central London. CSB trains 105 students and offers a two-year Foundation Degree and a further one-year BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance & Performance. Bruce overseas all of the School’s operations, artistic and administrative, including a junior ballet company, Ballet Central, that has toured the UK for the last 21 years.
Miriam is currently theDirector of Operations at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. Before returning to the Washington, DC area, she was the Managing Coordinator for Yale Opera, where she coordinated their productions as well the administrative needs of the academic program. She came to the Fellowship Program from Glimmerglass Opera, where she served as Music Administrator and worked with their Young American Artist Program. Previous positions include coordinating summer programs at Strathmore, shows with Montgomery College's Summer Dinner Theatre,and being the Instrumental Music Fellow at Amherst College, where she managed the orchestra and taught sections. Growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, she studied with Truman Harris of the National Symphony Orchestra. She holds a dual degree in Music History/Analysis and Comparative Religion from Amherst College.
Pan is now working at the National Grand Theater of China. Prior to the fellowship he was a program officer for the Bureau of External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, the highest administration in China responsible for cultural exchanges between China and some European countries. He has worked with festivals in London, organized major exhibitions of cultural relics in Denmark and Finland, and worked with the National Company of Beijing Opera. Pan was enrolled in the Nanjing Foreign Languages School, and continued his study of foreign languages and culture at the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages.
Most recently, Boris served as the Director of Development and Marketing at Synetic Theater in Washington, DC. Previously, he was the Director of Development at the Stanislavsky Theatre Studio also in Washington. Before joining the fellowship program, he spent eight years working with amateur and professional performing groups in the Omsk performing arts community, and was the Arts Coordinator Manager for the Konversia Charity Foundation. Boris also served as artistic manager of the ethnic folk dance company, "The Dream." He performs English translation for business and art, and is interested in drums and percussion.