Arts Management 2005-2006 Fellows
Now based in New York City, Christy is the Marketing Manager with the Mark Morris Dance Group and is responsible for creating and working on campaigns to promote MMDG performances, Morris’ ballet and opera commissions, and educational programming for the School at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. Originally from Texas, she completed the Fellowship Program after working as Company Manager for the award-winning Helios Dance Theater, aLos Angeles-based contemporary dance troupe. As a professional dancer, Christy performed all over theUnitedStatesand in Russia. She developed dance curriculum and taughtat bothhigh schools and colleges in Southern California. She also worked as a Customer Service Supervisor for the UCLA Central Ticket Office - managing over 300 performing arts and athletic events each season. Christy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Joanna Felder Naftali
Joanna Felder Naftali is the executive director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Prior to her current position, she was the director of marketing and communications for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago,where shewas responsible for institutional branding, public relations, earned revenue campaigns, cross-institutional collaborations, and patron loyalty programs. Immediately following the Kennedy Center fellowship, she consulted for the Silk Road Project in community partnerships and public relations during its participation in Silk Road Chicago. Before coming to the Kennedy Center, she served as artistic manager for the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and as publicity associate and Brandenburg Ensemble manager for Frank Salomon Associates in New York. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Indiana University, pursued professional studies at the Musik-Akademie Der Stadt Basel in Switzerland, and received a Master of Music degree from Yale University.
Missy (Globerman) Dawson
Missy (Globerman) Dawson is the Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Film Center, which exhibits 175 screenings of award-winning independent films for free each year in Utah. She was previously the Development Director at the SLC Film Center. She was also honored to serve as the Campaign Director for the Kids with Cameras Foundation, completing a $1.2 million capital campaign to build Hope House, the legacy project of the Academy Award-winning film Born into Brothels. After completing her Kennedy Center Fellowship, she was the Senior Manager of the San Francisco Symphony's Second Century Campaign. Prior to her fellowship, she served as the Company Manager, Development Manager, and Booking and Marketing Associate for Alonzo King's LINES Ballet in San Francisco. Before beginning her career in arts management, Missy worked in press/communication strategy for Cornell University and MIT, and was an Associated Press Award-winning newspaper reporter and freelance journalist. She received a BS from Cornell University.
Kimberly Gordon is the cultural arts director for the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City, California. Prior to her year at The Kennedy Center, she served as the management associate for Center Theatre Group (CTG) in Los Angeles, home to the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Previously, Ms. Gordon was the coordinator of long-form programming at USA Network where she aided in the development of television movies. She is a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University with a BSSP in Theatre.
Prior to becoming a Kennedy Center Fellow, Renée served as the Associate Director of Marketing at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Where s he implemented subscription and single ticket campaigns, and also developed and managed enrichment programs designed to build and sustain audiences. She received a degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master's in Arts Management from American University. Her thesis, A Case Study of Crossroads Theater: A Regional African-American Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey , focused on the sustainability of identity-based arts organizations.
Based in Vancouver and Toronto, Trish McGrath is Director, Development and Communications, for the Vancouver International Film Festival and Film Centre. Before joining VIFF, she completed a Senior Policy Advisor assignment with the Ontario Media Development Corporation, an agency of the Province of Ontario's Ministry of Culture, and a contract with Olympic Broadcasting Services for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Previously, Trish was part of the founding senior management team of the Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity in Toronto, and served as Vice-President, Director of Development for the first three festivals. In that capacity, she created Luminato's development department and raised $11 million annually from corporate sponsors, individual major donors, foundations and government, and oversaw all of Luminato's special events. Additional arts and not-for-profit management experience include roles as Director, Institutional Giving, for Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC), Executive Director of The Word On The Street (Toronto), and Treasurer/Board Director of Nightwood Theatre (Toronto). Trish holds a B.A. in Philosophy from McGill University (MontrÃ©al) and a Masters Certificate in Marketing Communications Leadership from Schulich School of Business Executive Education Centre, York University (Toronto).
Chris Recker has worked in company management for several Broadway and touring theatrical productions. While currently working with The Lion King on Broadway, he has also managed the Broadway and touring productions of Spring Awakening and the touring production of Movin' Out. Prior to his Kennedy Center Fellowship, Chris served as Director of Education for the Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County in Findlay, Ohio. Chris is a summa cum laude graduate of Defiance College with a degree in communication arts-public relations, and he received a master's in theatre studies from Bowling Green State University.
Rares Cristian Trifan
Chris Trifan is the Director-General of the Romanian National Opera of Cluj-Napoca, a permanent repertory company founded in 1919 that is the oldest lyrical-dramatic institution in Romania. He guides the artistic vision of programming and casting of more than 80 self-produced opera and ballet productions each season. Chris is also responsible for securing financial support for the organization and overseeing its marketing and fundraising campaigns. He has been with the company for the past 15 years and before his appointment as Director-General, he served as Stage Director and Associate Director. In addition he signed several opera productions (Le Nozze di Figaro, Turandot, Oedipe, The Flying Dutchman, Oreste/Oedipe, La Forza del Destino), and he is a member of the Romanian Association of Theater Artists (UNITER). Chris received a bachelor's degree in musical theater and opera stage direction from the University of Bucharest, a master's in music from the Music Academy of Cluj, Romania, and a master's in opera stage direction from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Lisa Ueki is currently assistant director, sponsorship and corporate relations at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In her current position, she manages the team that stewards benefit fulfillment for 40-50 companies, including corporate sponsors for annual programs as well as corporate donors to the capital campaign for the campus-wide redevelopment effort. Previously, she was the assistant to the managing director at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, providing support for board relations, special events, theater initiatives, administrative operations, the celebration of the company's 50th Anniversary season, and the preparations to move to a new semi-permanent performance space in 2005. Ms. Ueki received a BA in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Chan Woon Wai
Chan Woon Wai is an assistant manager at the Hong Kong Science Museum of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in Hong Kong. Among the accomplishments in his previous posts, he helped to bring the Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Cleveland Orchestra to Hong Kong. Previously, he was a reporter on visual arts and cultural policy for the Hong Kong Economic Journal. He is also the Board Chairman of Theatre du Pif. He received various certifications in performing arts criticism, stage and technical management, and arts and entertainment management. He received a BA in fine arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a master's in European cultural policy and administration from the University of Warwick in the UK.