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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

    As of July 1, 2021

    Hanna Oravec, President


    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, expanding to include virtual events in 2020 and beyond. 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 and National Arts Strategies’ Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy. She holds a BFA in Theatre/Stage Management from Penn State University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.


    Shoshona Currier, Vice President


    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.


    Rachel Roccoberton, Treasurer 


    Throughout her career, Rachel Roccoberton has danced many parts including administrative assistant at a burgeoning community arts center, ballet/jazz/modern teacher for children and adults in under-served communities, community theater choreographer and director, coordinator of children’s performing arts programs, puppet choreographer, show producer, program developer, technician and stage manager, fundraiser, volunteer fairy, and passionate performing arts advocate. Utilizing these experiences to produce events that draw people together, capturing the imagination, and creating empathy for shared experiences, her work elevates those who are not always considered “dancers” and stories that are not always seen in movement. It is her fervent belief that the arts can change people and communities by drawing us closer together through shared experiences.


    Ali Kenner Brodsky, Secretary 

    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.


    Karen Henderson, Member at-large


    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! 


    Marissa Hutton, Member-at-large 


    Marissa Hutton is the Senior Director of Operations for FirstWorks in Providence, RI. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of the Dorset Theatre Festival, in Dorset, VT. She has an extensive career in live event production, having worked with organizations such as the Park Avenue Armory, Irish Repertory Theatre, Monica Bill Barnes Dance Co., Valencia Production Partners, and Bike New York. She has worked on live network television events for Condé Nast Entertainment, Hulu, Netflix, and CW. Marissa spent four years at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT as Special Programs Curator. As an avid dance practitioner, Marissa has taught and performed nationally and internationally.


    Holly Jones, Member-at-large 


    Holly Jones is a field based arts worker, advocate, and consultant who is passionate about arts accessibility, equitable curatorial practices, and trust-based philanthropy. Ms. Jones currently serves in joint leadership of The Clive & Valerie Barnes Foundation where her work is dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of outstanding emerging artists. Previously, Holly served as Associate Producer and Director of Artist Services at The Yard where she oversaw tremendous programmatic growth and professionalized operations. Recently, Holly has contracted with the New England Foundation for the Arts, CityStep, and The Croft where she will serve as Interim Executive Director for the 2021 season. Ms. Jones is pursuing her masters in nonprofit leadership at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (anticipated December ‘21) and graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Holly continues to perform, teach, and choreograph throughout New England and New York.  


    Grace Livingston Kramer, Member-at-large 


      GRACE LIVINGSTON KRAMER (She/her) is currently Company Manager, actor and summer camp co-Director for the Weathervane Theatre (Whitefield, NH). In October she will begin her newest adventure at Penobscot Theatre Company (Bangor, ME) as Managing Director of Education. Grace is a proud founding member of Heart Global, a non-profit organization created to inspire, uplift, and provide hope and empowerment through music to youth around the world. Grace has spent the last 15 years training, performing and teaching the importance performing arts has on students. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and International Affairs from The University of Maine.


      Keith Marks, Member-at-large


      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

      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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