Alyson Pou, Program Director
Alyson Pou has more than 20 years of experience making installation and performance work. Utilizing a background in visual art, dance and writing, her work combines movement, text and objects. She has performed, exhibited and lectured at museums, galleries, art centers and colleges around the country. Ms. Pou’s work has been presented in New York by Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Performance Space 122, Franklin Furnace, The New Museum, Artists Space, The Bronx Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Creative Time, Dixon Place, HERE, the LMCC Swing Space Program, Central Booking Gallery and The Downtown Performance Festival. Her installation Wherein' Fury Takes Flight... "the time of our silence is over" was on view through March 2013 at Aljira, a center for contemporary art. She is the recipient of the New York Dance and Performance Award (The Bessie Award) as a Choreographer/Creator. She has received fellowships from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The American Antiquarian Society and has served on artist advisory and selection committees for both organizations. She received an ENVISION playwright residency at Bard College, awarded by Voice & Vision Theatre, and grants from Art Matters, Inc., The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, as well as a fellowship from the NEA Inter-arts Program, and the Henderson Award for Poetry.
Pou has taught classes on the history of performance art and has led workshops and classes for multi-media performance production at NYU, Cooper Union, the New School for Social Research in NYC, Williams College and Smith College in Massachusetts. She was the Director of Programming and Public Relations at Creative Time, Inc. from 1985 to 1997. She has lectured extensively on temporary public art and the innovative projects that Creative Time presented. She has many years of experience as a grant-making panelist for agencies including The New York State Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Alyson Pou has been passionately committed to capacity and community building for individual artists throughout her career. She has been a long time advocate for artists’ rights and has led workshops and focus groups for artists of all disciplines.
Krista Fabian DeCastro, Senior Workshop Manager
Krista Fabian DeCastro is a cultural manager specializing festival programming, events production, cultural development and international cultural exchange. She served as program director of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, manager of the international programming department at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and manager of Africa Exchange, a program of 651 ARTS that supported collaborative exchanges between performing artists in the United States and Africa. She holds a BA from The New School and a MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University and has also attended the University of Ghana, Legon and the Central European University in Budapest. Krista has guest lectured in international cultural exchange and international presenting at Duke University, Brooklyn College and the Marché des Arts du Spectacle Africain. She lives in Chicago.
Matthew Deleget, Online Learning Consultant
Matthew Deleget is an abstract painter, curator, and arts worker. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe, and Australasia. Matthew has received awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Golden Rule Foundation, and his work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Flash Art, Artnet Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Basler Zeitung, among others. He is a member of American Abstract Artists, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Artist Advisory Committee, and the board of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. In 2003, Matthew founded MINUS SPACE, a platform for reductive art on the international level based in Brooklyn, NY. Deleget holds an MFA in Painting an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and a BA in Art and German from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN. Learn more at matthewdeleget.com and minusspace.com.
Lisa Szolovits, PDP Assistant
Lisa Szolovits is an artist and arts administrator with a particular interest in the relationship between digital and physical presence in both of these pursuits. As a director and developer of new performance, she has made work on the East Coast with New Georges, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, the Playwrights Horizons Resident Workshop, Columbia University, NYU, The Assembly, Forest Fringe, Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Brooklyn Museum, as well as with Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Co. in Los Angeles. Lisa is a current MFA candidate in the Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) program at Brooklyn College.
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