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DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center

Arts Management 2002-2003 Fellows

2002 - 2003 Fellows

Jeffrey Edwards

Jeff is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet where he collaborates with Artistic Director Septime Webre on the administration and management of the company . He has been a performer and dance educator for more than fifteen years. Jeff trained at the School of American Ballet and danced as a soloist with the New York City Ballet, the Zurich Ballet, and the Lyon Opera Ballet. After retiring from the stage, he attended Brown University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with an honors degree in Modern Culture and Media. Jeff has taught classes at the San Francisco Ballet, the Boston Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and Ballett Frankfurt, and he has been a guest professor and lecturer at Cornell University, the Juilliard School, and Yale University. Jeff has also worked as Director of Education of Twyla Tharp Dance, specializing on a project to make Tharp repertory accessible to universities and conservatories around the world.

Karen Farber

Karen is Director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, a new Center that offers interdisciplinary public events, artist residencies, and courses that explore the intersections between the literary, visual, and performing arts. Prior to December 2005, she served as Major Gifts Officer for Houston Grand Opera, also in Houston, TX. Previously, Karen has served as Director of Development for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, and has worked for several New York cultural organizations including the 92nd Street Y; the Eldridge Street Project, a museum on New York’s Lower East Side; and International Production Associates, a production and management company for the performing arts. Karen is a New York native, was raised in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with an M.A. in Performance Studies, and a B.F.A. in Experimental Theater.

Randal Fippinger

Randal is the Executive Director of the José Limón Dance Foundation in New York City. He joined the fellowship program from Goldman, Sachs & Co. in London where he was a Vice President in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. He managed the Infrastructure, Disaster Recovery, and co-headed administration for the division's European offices. Randal has 10 years professional stage-managing experience working with American Ballet Theatre, off-Broadway, regional and industrial productions. He is a member of A.E.A., A.G.M.A., and I.A.A. and received degrees in Philosophy and in Theater from the University of Rochester.

Monica Hamill

Monica is currently based in Barcelona, Spain where she works at El Palau De Las Artes Valencia. Monica is also the director of a company dedicated to the promotion and representation of dance artists and musicians. Prior to her fellowship, Monica was a marketing officer at the Royal Opera House in London where she was responsible for promoting the Linbury Studio Theatre, the Clore Studio Upstairs, and special events. Previously, she lived and worked in Spain, programming and promoting dance, as well as representing several major flamenco dance companies. Monica holds a M.A. degree from the University of Glasgow and a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Madrid.

Debra Harrison

After completing the fellowship program, Debra joined OPERA America as the Director of Finance and Operations. Debra has a long affiliation with OPERA America, and was invited to participate as Long Range Planning Council Member, Fellowship Advisor, and serves as Chair of the Technical/Production Committee. Previously she served as the Director of Program Planning and Budgets at the Washington National Opera in Washington, DC, and worked with the Vancouver Opera in British Columbia for over 20 years, most recently as the Director of Production. A frequent technical consultant for commercial shows and expositions, Debra has consulted for such opera companies as Connecticut Opera and the Modern Baroque Opera. She is also associated with the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology.

Howard Sid Lucas

Most recently Sid served as the Development Project Manager for the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC. He has over 25 years experience in the performing arts and arts in education fields. He participated in the development of Beyond Chapter Five: A Comprehensive K-12 Curriculum for the Arts in Pennsylvania, and taught teacher certification courses in Health, Physical Education and Dance at Lock Haven University. He served as special event coordinator for Mellon Bank Corporation, The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO), the Eleone Dance Theatre, and was Assistant Director of Purdue University's Black Cultural Center. Sid continues his arts management career serving as a consultant for non-profit organizations, enhancing the areas of development, marketing, public relations, strategic planning, programming, and theatre management. Sid earned his M.F.A. in Artistic Performance/Dance from Temple University, and received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Paul Lucas

Paul is based in New York City. Since completing the Fellowship Program, he has formed Paul Lucas Productions, which produces and presents theatre, and consults with several non-profit theatre companies in NYC. Paul has been in the performing arts for over 20 years as an actor, singer, stage manager, general manager, artist's representative, and producer. He has worked in general management on and off-Broadway, served as an international booking agent for major dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Universal Ballet of Korea, and produced critically acclaimed plays, readings, and workshops in New York City and abroad. He recently returned from his fifth season at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival where his latest productions received a Fringe First Award and a Herald Angel Award. Both productions are slated for London runs and UK tours in 2007.

Robert Mesko

Robert is the Deputy Director of WESTAF in Denver, CO. Born in Slovakia, and raised in the United States, he began his dance training in New York and continued performing as a dancer in Slovakia with the Gymnik Folk Dance Ensemble, and the Contemporary Dance Group. Prior to joining the fellowship program he worked as an English language lecturer and professor at the Dance Conservatory of Bratislava. He was the publisher of Slovakia's dance magazine, established the Steps Foundation, and founded Bratislava Dance Theater, Slovakia's first professional modern dance company. As a speaker and consultant, Robert has given presentations and workshops for conferences internationally, and has published numerous articles. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Political Science.

Martin Pechanec

After leaving the Kennedy Center, Martin returned to his position as the Head of Department of Musical Programs of Prague Castle Administration of the Office of the President of the Czech Republic. He is in charge of organization and production activities to provide musical programs and social events in the Prague Castle area. Originally a viola player (Conservatory of Music in Kromeriz), he founded the Czech Swing Harmony Orchestra, was a member of the Moravian Madrigalists, and later a member of the Symphony Orchestra of the Czechoslovakia Army. Martin served as producer for the 51st Prague Spring International Music Festival, and is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with a degree in Music Management.

Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez has an active career as a classical singer and arts adminstrator. Prior to joinging the Kennedy Center he had started his own Internet-based company VoxPage1.com, which helps promote classical musicians on the Web. He has a portfolio that includes over eigthy Websites for singers, directors, conductors and organizations. After completing the Fellowship, Alvaro was the 2003-2004 Executive Director of the Vocal Arts Society of Washington, DC. In 2004 he decided to complete his graduate degree in opera performance at Maryland University. Alvaro recently gave a lecture for the music division at that University on Web promotion and Website design.

Andres Siitan

After completing his fellowship year at the Kennedy Center, Andres returned to his position as Managing Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, where he was also the principal oboist. Andres was a member of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and participated in the Summer Academy of the International Centre for Culture and Management in Salzburg, and an exchange program with Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in Germany. He is a graduate of the Estonian Academy of Music, and attended the University of Tartu in Estonia.

Norbert Tan

Norbert Tan serves as the executive director for the Ventura College Foundation. He continues to provide pro-bono consulting services to non-profit arts organizations in Southern California. Following his Kennedy Center fellowship, Mr. Tan was hired as managing director of Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, California. He was recognized as one of 40 executive leaders under the age of 40 in the tri-county region by the Pacific Coast Business Times' “40-under-40” special edition. Prior to completing the fellowship program, he managed International Management Group's Arts & Entertainment Division in Hong Kong. He has also served on the Board of Directors for East West Players. Prior to working in the arts, Mr. Tan was a marketing and advertising professional in the Internet, legal, and advertising industries. He earned his MBA in arts management from the Anderson School at UCLA, and his BS in business administration from UC Berkeley. He is an accomplished jazz drummer and percussionist.