Decentering Whiteness in Touring & Presenting TYA (Presented in association with IPAY)
Join TYA/USA, in partnership with Arts in Color, in a national conversation on addressing the racism and oppression that impacts the entire TYA industry in personal, professional, and systemic ways.
How can Presenters, who curate domestic and international performances for young audiences for their local communities, take an active role in reflecting their audiences on stage? How can the Presenting field interrogate the ways that white supremacy can impact notions of “Quality” in aesthetics of TYA? Join a panel of presenters for a roundtable discussion unpacking the challenges and the opportunities for creating a more equitable landscape in touring and presenting TYA in the US.
Over the course of a 11-session webinar series we will explore a variety of issues and perspectives regarding the ways artists and organizations can begin to (or further) embed antiracist practice in Theatre for Young Audiences.
In addition to the 11 webinars, participants will be provided with reading materials, resources, follow up questions to deepen their learning, and a Slack Channel for further dialogue. Join colleagues across the country in actively engaging with ways to dismantle racism and white supremacy in the TYA field, and work toward making (or sustaining) meaningful change in creating a truly equitable landscape for our artists, organizations, and our young audiences.
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 2:45 PM ET
Cost: Sliding Scale. Visit tyausa.org/antiracism for details.
Terina-Jasmine (TJ) Alladin
Terina-Jasmine (TJ) Alladin (she/her/hers) focuses her professional efforts on uplifting womxn, girls of color, immigrants, and individuals with disabilities. TJ is the Managing Director of IPAY, the primary organization that supports international touring in the performing arts for young audiences industry. In addition to IPAY, TJ works as a Consultant in the arts, science, and technology industries. She works as a Consultant for technical companies to strategically invest in, recruit, retain, and advance womxn through industry and entrepreneurial careers in technology. She recently secured her Ethical Hacker certification is working toward further qualifications in cybersecurity, cyberpolicy, and cyberjustice. TJ also worked at the Boston Ballet, where she managed school-based arts programs and taught in the world-renowned Adaptive Dance Program, which provides high-caliber dance instruction to youth and adults with Down syndrome and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.TJ received her MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in the United Kingdom, the world’s foremost center for research in dance science. There, she studied statistics, physiology, biomechanics, and contemporary dance. TJ is a Philadelphia resident from Brooklyn, New York with a rich heritage from Indo- and Afro-Guyana.
“What’s in a name?” Though called sometimes by “Jacqueline” and other times by “Jackie,” the names of Jacqueline Handy stand as testament to her singular ability to flow professional and familiar. In this, her fifth year serving school and family audiences at Lincoln Center Education, Jacqueline is building community within Lincoln Center while building support for its artistic offerings around the City. In her current role as Programming Manager, Jacqueline continues her bridge-building as a scout for up and coming ensembles, keen on extending dance, music and theatre performance opportunities to young and artistically underserved audiences. So, what’s in name? That which we call Jacqueline Handy, by Jacqueline, Jackie, or any other name, would be as collaborative?
Rosa Hyde has a twenty-year career in the arts spanning the administrative, performance and teaching worlds. Currently Rosa is Director, Arts Education Performances for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), curating and producing events for the Arts Education department, including curation of a robust Schooltime Series and management and oversight of 12 rehearsal studios.
Previously Rosa served as the first House Manager for the Concerts and Lectures Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City creating and implementing a structural plan to overhaul Front of House and Company Management operations, wrote a new employee manual documenting the 100+ year history of the department, logistical planning and execution of approximately 250 Museum events occurring in traditional and non-traditional performance spaces and galleries. Rosa served as Performance Manager for Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center from 2004-2011. Along with this experience, Rosa has worked as a consultant for two Off-Broadway venues, United Palace of Cultural Arts, a 3000 – seat venue in Washington Heights and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, a 200 – seat Dance space specializing in building infrastructure for their Front of House, Operations and Ticketing departments.
Aside from her administrative work, Rosa has a deep love and appreciation for the arts as a writer, jazz singer and teaching artist performing at a variety of venues around New York City; has taught and performed spoken word poetry at festivals and events in her familial homeland of Belize, through the Ministry of Arts and Culture and the George C. Price Presidential Library in Belmopan, Belize, Central America.
Rosa is on the Board of Directors for International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), an alumna of the 2018 Community Arts Education Leadership Institute through the National Guild for Community Arts Education; she also holds a Certificate from the Victoria Foundation Emerging Leaders Program through Rutgers University, Newark; a Master’s degree in Educational Theater from NYU and a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Oberlin College.
Sophie Myrtil-McCourty founded Lotus Arts Management in July 2014. She is originally from Paris, France, where she graduated from a translation and interpretation school in the French, English and German languages. After college, Sophie worked in Paris as a freelance translator. She has always enjoyed the performing arts world, particularly dance, which she has practiced as an amateur for many years. Additionally, her sister is a dancer/choreographer in Paris and Sophie has frequently helped her with her administrative work and international booking. In 1998, Sophie moved to NYC and started working for Marlies Yearby first as her personal assistant, then as the administrator of her dance company, Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater. In October 2000, she joined the staff of Pentacle as the Administrator of the Help Desk program. As she also enjoyed booking other artists on the side, Sophie was promoted to join the Pentacle booking department in July 2004. She became the Director of the Department in 2008 and worked with an eclectic roster of six companies until June 2014. Sophie has served on several panels including Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks. She was on the committee of the 2015 Wassaic Festival and sat on the board of Tennessee Presenters for a couple of years. She was also an Advisory Council Member of the Field Leadership Fund, which is based on the premise that advancements in diversity among leadership will lead to a more equitable arts sector in New York City and beyond.
Jairo Ontiveros is the Vice President of Arts Education and Community Engagement at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, where he oversees a multifaceted portfolio of programs that engage more than 65,000 K-12 students and adult learners a year in meaningful arts learning experiences. His work focuses on outreach and engagement with populations traditionally underserved by the arts. Under his supervision, the Arsht Center’s programs have achieved national recognition, including AileyCamp Miami, which received the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school creative youth development programs. Ontiveros has served the National Endowment for the Arts on its Arts Education Panel for Multidisciplinary Arts. He is a member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.
Ontiveros has more than 15 years of experience delivering fine arts programming to communities. Born in Aguascalientes, in northern Mexico, he was raised in North Texas and is fluent in Spanish and English. Ontiveros holds two degrees – a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Latin American Studies – from the University of Texas, Austin. He has studied theory of cinema at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He also is trained in ADA/504 compliance.
From 2001 to 2005, Ontiveros was a principal dancer and, later, a coordinator for community projects with the Austin-based Aztlan Dance Company, which promotes intercultural, cross-generational understanding and an appreciation of Indio/Latino/Xicano dance arts. From 2006 to 2007, Ontiveros completed a Texas Performing Arts Management Fellowship in programming and education at the University of Texas-Austin, where he was instrumental in increasing the performing arts organization’s presence in the Austin community and the Austin and Del Valle Independent School Districts. During this time, he also produced a summer folk music concert series in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to raise funds to support the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, the state’s oldest crafts school.
In 2007, Ontiveros joined the Adrienne Arsht Center, where he supervises such cornerstone education programs as Learning Through the Arts, an arts integration initiative that reaches all fifth and seventh-graders in Miami-Dade County Public Schools with live theater; Jazz Roots Sound Check, which provides high school music students behind-the-scenes interaction with the world’s finest jazz musicians; Accessing the Arts, a residency program that sends teaching artists into public schools to promote music, movement and theater learning among students with disabilities; and AileyCamp Miami, a summer camp for middle school students held in cooperation with the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. Along with master classes and teaching residencies led by visiting artists, Ontiveros produces free family friendly performances every year to connect young families to the performing arts. The effort has drawn a new generation to the Arsht Center and earned a “Kids Crown Award” from South Florida Parenting magazine.
Ontiveros currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pioneer Winter Collective and International Performing Arts for Youth. In 2014, he was the recipient of the “40 under 40” South Florida Business Journal award for his work in bridging the arts and the business sector.