Speakers

Following are a list of speakers for the 2018 Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jack Becker

Jack Becker, Forecast Public Art, St. Paul, MN

Jack Becker is the founder and Director of Consulting and Creative Services at Forecast Public Art, a nonprofit based in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1989, Becker established a program for emerging public artists and Public Art Review, an international magazine devoted to contemporary public art. As an artist in theater and visual arts, he connects the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. Becker received the 2007 Award of Excellence from Americans for the Arts for his contribution to the public art field.

Session(s): Off the Walls and Out of the Halls: Performances as Public Art

Ceci Dadisman

Ceci Dadisman, FORM, Cleveland, OH

Ceci is an arts marketer with 15 years of experience working with organizations of all sizes utilizing innovative methods. She is a nationally recognized leader in her field and specializes in fostering meaningful engagement through digital marketing. A frequent public speaker, Ceci’s recent and upcoming national conference engagements include NTEN, OPERA America, Arts Midwest, and Chorus America. Known for her easy-going and vernacular style, she creates open learning environments with an emphasis on information sharing and useful takeaways. A native Pittsburgher, Ceci currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Session(s): Market Smarter, Not Harder: Using Your Own Data for Marketing Success

Gary Minyard

Gary Minyard, Victoria Theatre Association, Dayton, OH

Gary oversees programming that connects VTA stages and the Dayton community. He believes that participating in the arts is a vital component of every citizen’s well-being and has created many community-based arts initiatives including Superhero Girls Like Me, Radio Waves, and Guitars: A Bridge To Broadway. Gary is the Past President of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) and has toured as an actor, director, and teaching artist through 48 of our 50 states.

Session(s): Programming for Impact

Amy Nesbitt

Amy Nesbitt, Programmer, Consultant/Cultural Programmer/Producer, New Orleans, LA

Amy Nesbitt is an independent producer, curator, and consultant. With 20+ years of experience, she specializes in furthering organizational objectives in programming the performing arts, outdoor spectacle, and contemporary circus on behalf of performing arts centers, festivals, universities, municipalities, and corporations. Amy has served as the Artistic and Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. She has worked as both a booking agent and an independent filmmaker. She received a B.F.A. from Syracuse.

Session(s): Off the Walls and Out of the Halls: Performances as Public Art

Heena Patel

Heena Patel, MELA Arts Connect, Edison, NJ

Heena Patel is a cultural connector and founder of MELA Arts Connect, whose mission is to nurture the ecosystem around South Asian performing arts and its practitioners. Over the years and through MELA, she's assumed the roles of a cultural consultant, producer, programming consultant, booking agent, manager, artist, and diversity and equity advocate. Most recently, she's the producer and artistic director of the larger than life stage show Bollywood Boulevard and immersive dance experience Garba360.

Session(s): Programming for Impact

Shelley Quiala

Shelley Quiala, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN

As Vice President of Programming, Learning and Engagement, Shelley leads the Ordway's efforts in all non-musical theater programming and all education and engagement work that reaches 120,000 annually. Prior to her work at the Ordway, Shelley worked with Teatro del Pueblo, a Latino theater company in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a board member for the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) organization and is a frequent speaker on the arts and education.

Session(s): Programming for Impact

Jenni Taylor Swain

Jenni Taylor Swain, Potluck Arts, Fayetteville, AR

Jenni Taylor Swain is founder of Potluck Arts, a presenter of imaginative and extraordinary arts events designed to integrate audiences. Eager to embrace inclusive audience development strategies and using her 26-year knowledge of multidisciplinary, movement-focused and new circus, she founded Potluck Arts and ran away with the contemporary circus. She brings an insider’s perspective to the growing circus and outdoor arts landscape along with a network of innovative and celebrated artists and organizations from around the world.

Session(s): Off the Walls and Out of the Halls: Performances as Public Art