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Featured Speakers

Save the date! APAP|NYC 2015 is January 9-13.
This webpage is about last year's conference and should be used for informational purposes only.

Diane Paulus

Diane Paulus
Opening plenary speaker, 5 p.m., Friday, January 10

Diane Paulus is the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. A.R.T.'s 2013 revival of Pippin won the Tony Award for best musical revival and Ms. Paulus won her first Tony for direction. She directed A.R.T.'s 2012 Tony Award-winning revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and The Public Theater's 2009 Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR. Shows at A.R.T. include: The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream; Prometheus Bound, written by Tony Award-winner Steven Sater; and Tod Machover's Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera, finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Her other recent work includes Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil's newest creation. Diane is a professor of the practice in theater in Harvard University's English department and was one of Boston Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Bostonians in 2012. She was awarded the 2012 Founders Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League.

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto
Opening plenary speaker, 5 p.m., Friday, January 10

Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz
Opening plenary speaker, 5 p.m., Friday, January 10

Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway hits Wicked and Pippin, and is the current president of the Dramatists Guild. He has contributed music and lyrics to Godspell, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Working (which he adapted and directed), Rags and Children of Eden. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for MASS and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies are Free. For children, he has written songs for Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio. Mr. Schwartz has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney's Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and written songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. His first opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, was produced at Opera Santa Barbara and New York City Opera. A book about his career, Defying Gravity, has recently been released by Applause Books. Mr. Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and his awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. Photo by Joan Lauren.

Kyle Abraham

Kyle Abraham
Pecha kucha speaker, noon, Saturday, January 11

2013 MacArthur Fellow, Kyle Abraham, is a performer and choreographer for his company, Abraham.In.Motion. His work has been presented most recently at On The Boards, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, REDCAT, Philly Live Arts, Portland’s Time Based Arts Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Harlem Stage, Fall for Dance Festival at New York's City Center, and at The Andy Warhol Museum and The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in his hometown of Pittsburgh. In 2012, Abraham was recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award and named a 2012 USA Ford Fellow and appointed New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012-2014. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Photo by Steven Schreiber.

Wendy Whelan

Wendy Whelan
Pecha kucha speaker, noon, Saturday, January 11

Wendy Whelan is a principal dancer at New York City Ballet. Photo by David Michalek.

Sean LaRocca

Sean LaRocca
Pecha kucha speaker, noon, Saturday, January 11

Sean LaRocca serves as the Managing Director of ArtSpot Productions in New Orleans. He is also a composer, music producer, publisher, performing musician and member of the performance collective Mondo Bizarro. He has served in various technical capacities on productions for ArtSpot Productions, Deborah Edwards, New Orleans Ballet Association, Tsunami Dance Company, Dah Teatar/7 Stages, and Alternate ROOTS.

Nick Slie

Nick Slie
Pecha kucha speaker, noon, Saturday, January 11

Nick Slie is co-founder and co-artistic director of the New Orleans-based performance collective Mondo Bizarro. His performance work ranges from physical theater to multi-disciplinary solo work, and from digital storytelling to collaborative ensemble productions. He has collaborated on local and national performance projects that include: Mondo Bizarro’s Cry You One, Loup Garou, FLIGHT and Catching Him In Pieces; co-creator and performer for the national tour of UPROOTED: The Katrina Project; creative director of Mondo Bizarro’s nationally recognized Story Mapping project, I Witness Central City. He is a board member of Alternate ROOTS and former board president for the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

Wayne Ashley

Wayne Ashley
Pecha kucha speaker, noon, Saturday, January 11

Wayne Ashley is the founding artistic director of FuturePerfect, a New York-based interdisciplinary production company whose practice intersects the fields of performance, media, visual art & technology. Ashley has more than twelve years experience developing and implementing hybrid projects with nationally and internationally recognized artists and cultural institutions including the Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Lucent Technologies, Walker Art Center, Nike, Deutche Bank, and the Center for Performance Research. His company has commissioned, produced and presented such notable works as: Kurt Hentschlager’s hallucinatory light installation ZEE; the Norwegian art and performance collective Verdensteatret’s And All the Question Marks Started to Sing, an “animation machine” comprised of kinetic and electromechanical objects; and the experimental theater company Elevator Repair Service’s performance installation Shuffle.

Gabrielle Bruchner

Gabrielle Brechner, Wakka Wakka Productions
Pecha kucha speaker, noon, Saturday, January 11

Adham Hafez

Adham Hafez, Egyptian choreographer, composer and arts activist
Pecha kucha speaker, noon, Saturday, January 11

Abigail Washburn

Abigail Washburn
Sunday plenary speaker, 11 a.m., Sunday, January 12

Abigail Washburn is a globally attuned singer, songwriter and Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player. She pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything ever heard before. Washburn is also armed with Chinese language ability and profound connections to culture and people on the other side of the Pacific. She has toured China's Silk Road with the support of the US Embassy in Beijing and was recently named the first US-China Fellow at Vanderbilt University. As a TED fellow, she gave a talk at the 2012 TED Convention in Long Beach about building US-China relations through music. In March of 2013, she was commissioned by New York Voices and the NY Public Theater to write and debut a theatrical work titled, Post-American Girl, which addresses themes of expanding identity, cultural relativism, pilgrimage and the universal appeal of music. Photo by Danny Clinch.

Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston
Sunday plenary speaker, 11 a.m., Sunday, January 12

Baratunde Thurston is the CEO, co-founder, and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit. He wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet, The Onion. When he’s not delivering keynote talks at gatherings such as SXSW Interactive, LeWeb, and Personal Democracy Forum, he writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company and contributes to the MIT Media Lab as a director’s fellow. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics, has advised the Obama White House, has more than 10 years experience in standup comedy, and more than 30 years experience being black. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Photo by Bill Wadman.

Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac
Sunday plenary speaker, 11 a.m., Sunday, January 12

Taylor Mac is a theater artist, which means he’s a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, cabaret performer, performance artist, and sometimew director and producer. TimeOut New York has called him, “one of the most exciting theater artists of our time.”  American Theater Magazine says, “Mac is one of this country’s most heroic and disarmingly funny playwrights. His awards, grants and fellowships include a 2010 Obie Award, a McKnight National Commissioning Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and a Creative Capital Grant among many others. He is currently working on a two-man show titled, The Last Two People on Earth with Mandy Patinkin (directed/choreographed by Susan Stroman). Taylor Mac is represented by Pomegranate Arts.

Fiona Shaw
Closing plenary speaker, 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 14

Olivier Award-winning actor Fiona Shaw will close the APAP|NYC 2014 conference on Tuesday morning, January 14. Her luminous career has transfixed theater, film and television audiences through creatively rich characterizations. Currently, Ms. Shaw is directing Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera, and will bring The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to BAM in December. Amongst international audiences, she is most well-known for her roles as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films and Marnie Stonebrook in True Blood.

 
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