TACA Perforum | A Conversation to Advance the Performing Arts
Community Connections: Models for Building a Shared Vision for Arts and Culture
Monday, October 24, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.
Nasher Sculpture Center and Hall Arts
Moderated by Zannie Giraud Voss, Southern Methodist University
TACA Perforum, a conversation to advance the performing arts, presents its eighth annual symposium, gathering experts from across the country to engage North Texas organizations on the most pressing issues they face. This year’s theme is Community Connections: Models for Building a Shared Vision for Arts and Culture, which will be explored through a panel discussion and collaborative round table conversations.
D. David Brown
General Manager, Cultural Access Washington
D. David Brown joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as Executive Director in May of 2000. Mr. Brown’s career in ballet began more than 30 years ago as a dancer in the corps of Boston Ballet. Moving quickly through the ranks of the company to principal, he danced many roles including several ballets premiered at Boston Ballet. In 1981, upon retiring from active performing, he moved to Director of Production and then served in the role of General Manager from 1983-1998. He was most recently its Executive Director until June 1999, when he left to pursue arts consulting.
Upon his arrival at PNB, Mr. Brown quickly set about strengthening the administrative staff, guiding PNB’s strategic plan implementation and refining the financial management and budget processes. While forging a strong working partnership with new Artistic Director Peter Boal, Mr. Brown continued to strengthen the organization and better prepare it to support its artistic vision. His background provides the unique perspective of both artist and manager, and his experienced leadership quickly became one of PNB’s greatest assets. Mr. Brown retired from PNB in June of 2014.
Having served as Interim Executive Director for Cultural Access Washington, a non-profit whose mission is to ensure sustainable public support for Cultural, Scientific, and Heritage organizations throughout the state, he currently serves as its General Manager. Mr. Brown currently serves as the Chairman of Culture PAC, a non-partisan political action committee that supports issues of importance to the cultural community in Washington State.
Mr. Brown has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance and is a past chair of the Dance/USA Manager’s Council. He has also served as a Trustee of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Retirement Plan & Health Fund in New York, NY as well as a Trustee of the Theatrical Stage Employee’s Local 15 Health & Welfare Trust in Seattle. He is a past President of the Washington State Arts Alliance and a past member of the Washington State Arts Commission.
Co-Artistic Director, ArtsEmerson
Director and Co-Founder, HowlRound
P. Carl is the the Director and co-founder of HowlRound—a think tank and knowledge commons actively making community among theatremakers worldwide through online resource sharing and in-person gatherings. Carl is also the co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College where he develops, dramaturgs, and presents an eclectic array of theatre from diverse artists from around the globe. Operating from the core belief that theatre is for everyone, Carl seeks to use the power of live performance in concert with opportunities for international dialogue and activism to foster personal and political transformation through the shared experience of art. Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence on the Emerson faculty, and a frequent writer and speaker on the evolution of theater practice and theory. He is the former Producing Artistic Director of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, the former Director of Artistic Development at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota.
Karen Brooks Hopkins
President Emerita, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Senior Fellow, Mellon Foundation
Nasher Haemisegger Fellow, National Center for Arts Research
New York, NY
Karen Brooks Hopkins served as President of the Brooklyn Academy of Music from 1999 until her retirement in 2015, and was an employee of the institution since 1979. Hopkins served as the chair of the Cultural Institutions Group from 2002-2004, a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and, most recently, on Mayor de Blasio’s transition committee. In 2013, Crain’s named her one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York,” and in 2014 she was one of ten selected into its inaugural “New York Business Hall of Fame.” Hopkins serves on the boards of the Jerome L. Greene and Alexander Onassis Foundations, and is currently Senior Fellow in Residence at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Fellow of the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University.
Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS
Carlton Turner is the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional non-profit arts organization based in the south supporting artists working at the intersection of arts and social justice. He is co-founder and co-artistic director, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction). M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a Mississippi-based performing arts group that blends of jazz, hip-hop, spoken word poetry and soul music together with non-traditional storytelling.
Carlton is currently on the board of Appalshop, First People’s Fund, Imagining America, and an advisory member to the National Theater Project at New England Foundation for the Arts. Carlton is a member of the We Shall Overcome Fund Advisory Committee at the Highlander Center for Research and Education, a steering committee member of the Arts x Culture x Social Justice Network, and former Network of Ensemble Theaters steering committee member.
In 2011, Carlton was awarded the M. Edgar Rosenblum award for outstanding contribution to Ensemble Theater by Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, Carlton was named to the Kennedy Center Honors Artist Advisory Board alongside Debbie Allen, Maria De Leon, and Ping Chong. M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a recipient of the 2015 Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre recipient.