Arts Management 2010-2011 Fellows
Prior to joining The Kennedy Center as a fellow, Lizzet Alvarez managed Community Bridges, an audience development and outreach program at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood California. She produced family performances, developed a theater series for artists of color, and developed J.A.M. Sessions, the Ford Amphitheatre's participatory arts series. Ms. Alvarez graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Theater and minor in Business. She worked at Plaza de la Raza, a visual and performing arts school whose leadership founded the Latino Arts Network of California. She has also worked with underserved urban youth at Sea Laboratory, a hands-on coastal science education center.
Adam Balas graduated with Honors from the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland where he continued his work as an assistant and lecturer from 1995 to 2005. As a violinist, he helped to form the string ensemble “Kameralisci Krakowscy,” which was formed in 1991 and later transformed into the professional orchestra Sinfonietta Cracovia in 1994. He was one of the leaders and member of the artistic council of the orchestra and in 1997 assumed the post of Manager of the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra. During a 13-year management tenure with the group, he organized several hundred artistic projects within and beyond the borders of Poland. His duties with the ensemble included handling contracts, creating the orchestra’s image, strategy, planning and administration leadership.
Andrew Bradford comes to the Kennedy Center from the Aspen Music Festival, where he served as orchestra manager of the Aspen Chamber Symphony. Prior to his time in Aspen, he was a management intern with the Houston Symphony and a full scholarship post-graduate student at Rice University. Having received formal training as a cellist, he has concertized extensively across the United States, Europe and the Far East. He spent two summers as a member of Japan’s Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, where he served as principal cellist and performed under the baton of National Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Christoph Eschenbach. He was an orchestral fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and, in 2009, made his European recital debut in Paris under the auspices of the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Mr. Bradford holds a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music and completed graduate studies in music and management at the University of Michigan, where he received a University graduate fellowship.
Adrienne Bryant spent the past four years as the Company Manager for the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), touring more than 25 cities in the United States and abroad. Prior to MMDG, she interned at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival where she managed the Inside/Out performance series, which featured 30 dance companies over the course of a 10-week festival. Ms. Bryant has also interned at DANCE Magazine and The Field, a New York City-based artist service organization. For two years she served on Dance/NYC’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), and she continues to work as a consultant for independent choreographers. With AFS Intercultural Programs, an international non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities, Ms. Bryant is developing a cultural immersion program for American high school students, which focuses on intensive instruction in native dance traditions. Originally from Alabama, Ms. Bryant graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a major in French and minors in Dance and Philosophy.
Originally from San Jose, California, Sunshine Deffner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from California State University, Fullerton. She served as Director of Production with Opera San Jose, a regional opera company devoted to discovering and developing a resident ensemble of emerging young opera singers. While there, she managed and developed increasing budgets to meet the requirements of a move to a renovated $80 million vaudeville house, oversaw the acquisition and renovation of a new 20,000-square-foot scene shop, and maintained the continued artistic and fiscal oversight of the regular opera season. As production director she was responsible for hiring the artistic design team, along with contracting and union negotiations. Ms. Deffner has volunteered time in community and educational outreach events for the opera and has worked with The Kennedy Center as Company Manager.
Eibhlín Gleeson comes to the Kennedy Center from Dublin where she holds the position of Chief Executive Officer with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland. In her current post, she is responsible for strategic and financial planning, building artistic and financial opportunities, and managing a full program of artistic work. She has led the choir through an extensive re-structuring and re-branding process and built a significant international touring schedule. Previously, she has served as Head of Marketing for the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and Marketing and Education Officer with Festival City Theatres Trust (King’s and Festival Theatres, Edinburgh). She has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the School of Music at University, University College Cork, Ireland and a Higher Diploma in Arts Administration from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is the Founder and Executive Producing Director at The Philadiction Movement (formerly Kosoko Performance Group), an interdisciplinary company that offers cultural programming, consulting, internet marketing, and design services. For three years, Kosoko worked as a senior member Program Associate at Dance/USA Philadelphia where he created the organization's logo brand Dance/UP and co-produced major events throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region. These events included projects for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, new Festival, and the 2009-10 Philadelphia Dance Showcase. He holds a B.A. in Literature and Performance Studies from Bennington College, VT.
Nilas Martins was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He enrolled in the Royal Danish Ballet School at the age of eight, where he performed in ballets as well as operas and plays at the Royal Theater of Copenhagen. He moved to New York City in 1984 to study at School of American Ballet and joined New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1986. Mr. Martins became a soloist in 1991 and was promoted to the rank of principal two years later. As a performing artist for the last 24 years, Mr. Martins has performed extensively both in the United States and abroad. In 2004, he worked as associate director of production for the First Beijing International Dance Festival, in collaboration with the National Ballet of China. In 2003, Mr. Martins founded the Nilas Martins Dance Company, which danced both nationally and internationally. In 2004, Mr. Martins added his own foundation to the company. He retired from the NYCB in the summer of 2010.
Maria Elisa Moorwood
Maria Elisa Moorwood graduated from Cambridge University with a First Class Joint Honors degree in Modern Languages. Ms. Moorwood has worked at the United Nations in Rome, as well as Theater and Literature Festivals around the world, where she was responsible for editing and writing for arts publications, aiding with programming, and acting as translator and presenter. Most recently Ms. Moorwood worked as Cultural Director of an arts organization in Colombia. There, she was responsible for international cultural programming, outreach, marketing and development.
Marte Siebenhar comes to Washington from Carnegie Hall, where she was manager of elementary school programs. There, she initiated and developed music education concerts, curriculum, professional development, audiovisual, and online resources serving approximately 60,000 children and educators annually in New York City and across the United States. Ms. Siebenhar served as project manager and primary liaison between Carnegie Hall and international partner Suntory Hall for the CarnegieKids program, traveling to Japan to implement the program in 2008 and 2010. Before her time at Carnegie Hall, she worked at Midori & Friends, a music education organization founded by violinist Midori, where she spearheaded school partnerships and parent initiatives. Originally from Oxford, Ohio, Ms. Siebenhar received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in oboe and orchestral performance from Manhattan School of Music.