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CIRCA Professional Development Intensive 2018

CIRCA Professional Development Intensive

Friday, September 7, 1:00 – 3:30 PM
PAHB 102 Theater Rehearsal Space

The CIRCA Professional Development Intensive convenes arts leaders from Maryland and leading UMBC faculty to share research, missions, and ideas. The program is built around lightning round presentations of 15 minutes and break-out sessions that encourage dialog, mixing and community building. Our presenters maintain regional, national and international careers in a range of disciplines — curatorial practices, arts administration, theater, music, augmented reality, virtual reality, dance, cinema and visual arts.

Arts leaders, faculty, students, alumni and visitors are invited to enjoy this opportunity to mix it up in the state-of-the-art Performing Arts and Humanities Building at UMBC. Presenters and attendees are not bound to the entire program, and may come and go as needed. The tone will be collegial and informal, as is the mode with all CIRCA programming.

The CIRCA Professional Development Intensive affords everyone an opportunity to hear about and discuss some of the exciting art and cultural work going on in the Baltimore metropolitan area. You are warmly welcomed to this event, which is free. Light fare and beverages will be available.

Schedule –
Introductions: Tim Nohe, Dr. Scott Casper, Dean CAHSS 1:00-1:15
Ian Tresselt, Deputy Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 1:15 – 1:30
Lisa Moren 1:30 – 1:45
Jeannie Howe, GBCA 1:45 – 2:00
Break out and mingling 2:00 – 2:15
Nancy Proctor, Peale Center 2:15 – 2:30
Susan McCully 2:30 – 2:45
Kibibi Ajanku, Sankofa Dance Theater 2:45 – 3:00
Lisa Cella 3:00 – 3:15
Melissa Webb, BOPA 3:15 – 3:30
Conversation, networking, Nonuments AR experience, PAHB tour 3:30 – 4:00


Ian Tresselt, Deputy Director, Programs at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, former Managing Director of Everyman Theater, with over ten years of high-visibility leadership roles with specialized skills in producing, fundraising and stewardship, board development, negotiation, and strategic and operational planning and execution. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation manages 16 distinct programs offering support for performing arts presenting, artist fellowships, filmmaking and touring, the traditional arts, and international cultural engagement. In addition to serving the nine states and jurisdictions that make up the mid-Atlantic region, Foundation programs reach throughout the United States and the world. He earned a MBA/MA degree from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art

Lisa Moren is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with emerging media, public space and works-on-paper. She created one of the first virtual reality projects “Practically Tender” in 1991 at the Banff Centre for Art. Since 2001, through her artwork, she has worked with communities to document under-represented memories from Berlin and cities in Central and Eastern Europe that were archived as interactive installations. Her most recent collaboration is a public art project in augmented reality that replaces a utopian-style fountain in Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor and Free Speech zone that was demolished, entitled “NONUMENT01::The McKeldin Fountain.”

Jeannie L. Howe is the Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), a regional, membership organization that was organized by artists and cultural organizations to unify, nurture and promote the cultural sector in Baltimore and its five surrounding counties. Under her leadership, since January 2012 GBCA has transformed and expanded its services to the cultural community, including: new professional development initiatives for artists and emerging arts management leaders of color; re-launched audience development strategies; supported artists with awards and grants; and advocated for the health, visibility, and financial strength of the sector. Prior to joining GBCA, Howe was founder and president of BayCliff Associates, and provided management and fundraising consultation for nonprofit clients, including Everyman Theatre. Her career has included leadership positions with a range of nonprofit organizations including the Alley Theatre, Baltimore Reads, and The Marrow Foundation.

Dr. Nancy Proctor is the Director of The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture. Previously Nancy was Deputy Director of Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014-2016), Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (2008-2010). With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English. Nancy Proctor created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish the New Art CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in the UK in 1996. She co-founded in 1998.

Susan McCully is a scholar of feminist theatre and a dramaturg, as well as a playwright and performer. Susan is the artistic director of the Grrlparts festival at UMBC. She has performed her one-woman show “Cyber Becomes Electra,” at colleges and universities across the country, University of Toronto, University of Exeter and the Kolibri Pince in Budapest. In 2004, she opened the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival with her show, “Inexcusable Fantasies” which she has performed at a number of festivals including Prague Fringe Festival and the New York Fringe Fesitval in 2013. Her play, “Still the One” was performed at Manhattan Theatre Source and has been published by Hawarth Press (2004). She is a specialist in cross-gender casting and gender performance; she also teaches courses in queer performance and feminist representation for the Gender and Women’s Studies Program.

Kibibi Ajanku is an accomplished dancer, griot, choreographer  and percussionist. She is in love with art. Her passion embodies the traditions of African movement… and music… and folklore. She brings a soft, flowing nuance to the pulsating tribal movement and rhythms of Africa through her dance and is lauded for her approach to traditional Senegalese movement. She celebrates the beauty of women and the Diaspora of African music through song and percussion as the originator of the Ebe Yiye Shekere Ensemble and the Sankofa Women’s Drum Ensemble. Ms. Ajanku also serves as Equity and Inclusion Manager of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. She attended Morgan State University and received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Lisa Cella is a champion of contemporary musicand has performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is Artistic Director of San Diego New Music and a founding member of its resident ensemble NOISE. With NOISE she has performed the works of young composers all around the world. Lisa is co-artistic director of NOISE’s annual festival of modern music entitled soundON. Lisa co-founded the flute collective inHALE, a group dedicated to developing challenging and experimental repertoire for two and three flutes. As a soloist, she has performed both nationally and internationally and is a faculty member of the Soundscape Festival of Contemporary Music in Maccagno, Italy and Nief Norf based in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is an associate professor of music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a founding member of its faculty contemporary music ensemble, Ruckus.

Melissa Webb is a fiber artist working in the areas of site-specific installation, large-scale participatory environments, and performance. She is a three-time Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize semi-finalist and the recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant. Her work has been featured at venues such as sindikit projects, Vis-Arts Rockville, School 33 Art Center, The Maryland Institute, College of Art, The Creative Alliance, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Baltimore Theatre Project, and at art festivals such as Transmodern, The Philadelphia Fringe, and Baltimore’s Artscape. She currently serves as Exhibitions Manager of School 33 Art Center and manages major projects for BOPA festivals.