Join us online for a conversation about the Future of Dance in America with Director, Producer, Arts Activist and former NYC Ballet Principal Dancer, Damian Woetzel, and Sphinx Organization’s, President and Artistic Director, Afa Dworkin
AFA DWORKIN serves as President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization. Named one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and among Musical America’s 30 Key National Influencers, she has appeared as a speaker for the Kellogg Foundation, International Arts & Ideas Festival, Chamber Music America (opening address), the National Association for Schools of Music, the League of American Orchestras, ICSOM, Americans for the Arts, University of Michigan, Bowling Green University, Central Michigan University, Penn State, Western Michigan University, Lorraine College Signature Artist Series, NALAC’s Regional Conference, San Francisco Symphony’s National Orchestral Forum, and various media outlets. During her tenure, she has developed a comprehensive national roster of musicians of color, launched key partnerships with dozens of symphony orchestras and music schools around the country, as well as numerous national and international partnerships, in addition to leading the organization’s most successful short-term fundraising campaign. Ms. Dworkin is a Trustee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has adjudicated arts grants for Michigan, Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Indiana and beyond. Ms. Dworkin recently became faculty for Roosevelt University’s Master’s Program in Performing Arts Administration.
DAMIAN WOETZEL has taken on multiple roles in arts leadership since retiring from a 20-year career as Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Since June 2011, Woetzel has been the Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, where he creates programs aiming to further the value of the arts in society. Woetzel also currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival, and Director of the DEMO series at the Kennedy Center which he launched in fall 2015. Outside these roles, Woetzel is active as an independent director and producer, recent projects have included the award winning show Lil Buck @ Le Poisson Rouge; tributes to ballerinas Natalia Makarova and Patricia McBride for the 2012 and 2014 Kennedy Center Honors; and numerous events and collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In November of 2009, President Obama appointed Woetzel to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, where he has focused on arts education, helping to create the national Turnaround Arts program. Woetzel holds a Master in Public Administration Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and has taught as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. In April of 2015, Woetzel was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal.