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Founded in 1981, New England Presenters (NEP) is a non-profit, regional consortium of over 50 organizations consisting of performing arts presenters from public and private colleges and universities, preparatory schools, municipal arts agencies and community based organizations of all sizes.

NEP serves its membership by facilitating block booking of tours by performing artists that reduce fees to individual presenters; commissioning new works in dance, music and mixed art forms that tour the New England region; supporting special projects by artists, sometimes in collaboration with other regional presenting groups and, providing professional development opportunities for presenters to exchange management and artistic ideas.

NEP maintains liaison with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), the National Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), the Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE), and the six state arts agencies.

    NEP FACTS

    • NEP members serve a combined audience base of 18 million in urban and rural areas
    • Member organizations spend more than $7 million annually in fees paid to performing artists
    • Organizations can save 20%-40% when participating in block booking
    • NEP returns to the performing arts a substantial portion of its annual budget through special projects and the commission of new works.


    CURRENT OFFICERS OF NEP

    Hanna Oravec, President, horavec@wesleyan.edu
    Assistant Director for ProgramsWesleyan University Center for the Arts


    Hanna Oravec joined Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts as the Assistant Director for Programs in 2011. Working with students, faculty, and staff, she produces over 300 events each year that engage multiple disciplines and identities. In addition, she serves as a co-chair for Womxn@Wesleyan, a faculty/staff group that aims to help women thrive through community, education, and mentoring. Hanna has served on the board of New England Presenters since 2017, first as treasurer and currently as president. She is an alum of APAP’s Emerging Leaders Institute (2016) and recently completed the Certificate in Arts and Culture Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania (in partnership with National Arts Strategies). She holds a BFA in Theatre/Stage Management from Penn State University.


    Shoshona Currier, Vice President, scurrier@bates.edu
    Director, Bates Dance Festival, Bates College


    Shoshona Currier brings nearly twenty years of experience in the contemporary performance field to her new role as Director of the Bates Dance Festival. She is the previous Director of Performing Arts for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. In her five years with that department she was integral in the development and integration of dance and theater into Chicago’s civic programming. Prior to her role at DCASE, Ms. Currier served in Producer positions at Dance New Amsterdam and Performance Space 122 in New York City. Shoshona holds degrees from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the New School University and was a member of the inaugural class of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.


    Ariana Massery, Secretary, amassery@jacobspillow.org


    Ariana Massery has worked at Jacob's Pillow Pillow since 2011, and is currently the Producing Director. Massery supports Jacob's Pillow's vision through producing public performances, serving on the curatorial team, and overseeing the Company Management Department. Ariana graduated from the University of Arizona with Bachelors of Fine Art in Dance and a Bachelors of Science in Communication and is currently pursuing a Masters of Organizational Leadership at Quinnipiac University.


    Ariane Michaud, Treasurer, arianelmichaud@gmail.com


    Ariane Michaud (BFA, Boston Conservatory) is a freelancer in project management, producing, and fundraising for arts organizations and non-profits. Past and present clients have included Megan Williams Dance Projects (NYC), Wang Ramirez (Paris/Berlin), Pause Now Meditation Bus (SF), Doppelgänger Dance Collective (RI), and JUNTOS Collective (SF/Latin America). She is the current Director of Programming for DANCE NOW, curating and producing the works of over forty artists every year at Joe’s Pub at The Public, as well as the Director of Programming for The Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI) at Brown University.


    Karen Henderson, Member at-large, Karen.E.Henderson@dartmouth.edu


    Karen Henderson is the Programming Manager at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College. She came to Dartmouth in 2008 and before that she was the Program Coordinator for the Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU’s Tish School of the Arts. Karen has worked at such renown theater institutions as Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theater Club and Second Stage in various backstage and administrative positions. She received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase and brings over 30 years of curatorial and arts administration experience to Dartmouth’s team of dedicated arts professionals! 


    Lori Jones, Member at-large, ljones@fairfield.edu


    Lori Jones is the Director of Programming and Audience Development at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University. Prior to joining the Quick team in 2013, she worked with NC State Live and the American Dance Festival (ADF). Throughout her career, Lori has served in voluntary and leadership positions for the Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization Committee, the ARTS North Carolina - Arts Day Planning Committee, the North Carolina Dance Alliance Board of Directors, the NCSU Theatre Endowment Board, and the ADF Modern Scene Committee. She currently serves as Vice President for New England Presenters. Lori was chosen for 40 Under Forty in Fairfield County in 2018.


    Ali Kenner Brodsky, Member at-large, alikennerbrodsky@gmail.com 


    Ali Kenner Brodsky is a choreographer, performer, educator, curator, producer, collaborator and mother. She is the artistic director of ali kenner brodsky & co. and creates dance-theater works that often utilize live music and striking visual art. She is on the adjunct dance faculty at Roger Williams University, is the co-founder of Motion State Arts, and a dance advisor to the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, MA. A Rhode Native, Kenner Brodsky resides in Dartmouth, MA with her husband, children and four chickens.


    Keith Marks, Member at-large, keith@nextstagearts.org


    Keith Marks is a cultural nonprofit leader serving as the executive director of Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont to take the position, Marks was the founder of Jacksonville-based social impact nonprofit Party, Benefit & Jam (PB&J) and arts-focused Avant Arts, Inc. He was the recipient of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville's "Arts Innovator Award" in 2019, cohort member of Leadership Jacksonville 2018, and a graduate of the National Arts Strategies' Executive Program in Arts and Cultural Strategies at UPENN. Marks holds a BA in Journalism from the University of North Florida and an M.A. from Tel Aviv University.


    Alexandra Ripp, Member at-large, aripp@fivecolleges.edu

    Alex Ripp is the Director of Five College Dance (FCD), a collaboration between the dance departments and programs of Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith Colleges and UMass Amherst. She is a dramaturg and editor, as well as a translator and researcher of contemporary Chilean theater. Prior to FCD, she oversaw long-term multidisciplinary artist residencies at Carolina Performing Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill and programmed and produced at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Her writing on performance has appeared in Theater, Theater Journal, Performing Arts Journal, and Fusebox's Written and Spoken. She holds a DFA and MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.


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