Keynote and Plenary Sessions
OPENING KEYNOTE: Diane Paulus and Stephen Schwartz
Friday, January 10, 5-6:30 p.m.
The APAP|NYC 2014 conference is our time to shine. It's five days for us to come together and recognize the difference we make in our communities and the artistic risks we take. On stage together, Diane Paulus, Tony Award-winning artistic director at American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, and Stephen Schwartz, Broadway composer and lyricist, will guide our exploration of the art of transition and help us answer the question, “what's next?”
Diane Paulus, artistic director at American Reperotry Theater at Harvard University
Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist
Moderated by Michael Kerker, director of musical theater at ASCAP.
PECHA KUCHA PLENARY SESSION: Audacious, Imaginative, Shining Stars
Saturday, January 11, noon-1:30 p.m.
APAP once again chooses examples from today’s constellation of creative talents whose work engages audiences in provocative, inspiring, and transformative ways. Don’t miss any of the six minute pecha kucha presentations of rapid-fire images and video that will ignite the interactive discussion with artists and audience that follows.
Kyle Abraham, artistic director of Abraham.in.Motion, and Wendy Whelan, principal at New York City Ballet
Sean LaRocca and Nick Slie of Mondo Bizarro performance collective
Wayne Ashley, founding artistic director of FuturePerfect
Gabrielle Brechner of Wakka Wakka Productions
Adham Hafez, Egyptian choreographer, composer and arts activist
Moderated by Ben Cameron, arts program director at Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
SUNDAY PLENARY SESSION: The Luminosity Factor: Enlightenment through the Arts
Sunday, January 12, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The arts illuminate alternative ways to think about and respond to issues that shape our world. Join us to explore big ideas about culture, communities and the arts from the creative minds of a singer/songwriter, a comedian and author, and a performance artist.
Abigail Washburn, singer/songwriter
Baratunde Thurston, comedian and author
Taylor Mac, performance artist
Moderated by Farai Chideya, author, journalist, professor, and Distinguished Writer in Residence, New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
CLOSING KEYNOTE: Fiona Shaw
Tuesday, January 14, 10-11 a.m.
“Fiery, masterful, possessed” – all words used by critics to describe the Olivier Award-winning actor Fiona Shaw, whose luminous career has transfixed theater, film and television audiences through creatively rich characterizations. Experience the exhilaration and inspiration of hearing first-hand what is on the mind of this extraordinary international artist!
Fiona Shaw, actor and director