The Forum: Bios

Alexis Convento is a New York City-based, Filipino-American producer, administrator and manager working within contemporary dance and performance. With an extensive background in artist development, programming, brand strategy, and performance curation, her creative direction has led to sold out houses, close artist relationships and the cultivation of new audiences with an enduring interest in the performing arts.She is founder and producing director of the CURRENT SESSIONS, a performing arts organization that develops and presents the work of emerging contemporary dance artists through the production of curated performances, residencies, artist-led laboratory sessions, and open discussions.Alexis holds a BFA in Dance from Fordham University with the Ailey School and currently holds a faculty position at the Joffrey Ballet's Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program, where she teaches composition and improvisational movement. She is also presently a 2015-17 Arts Manager Fellow with the Field Leadership Fund.As an administrator and production coordinator at Gowanus Art + Production and elsewhere, she has extensively produced and curated events at all scales, and written on associated topics. Her writing can be be found in the affiliated arts and style magazine, Union x Bond, where she previously served as editor.Alexis' work seeks to activate new conversations between genres which strengthen the relationship between art production and community, doing so through her own practice as well as her commercial efforts. She welcomes inquiries from individuals and organizations whose work also seeks to connect art, culture and the public.

Bryan E. Glover is an award-winning theater producer, filmmaker, writer, spiritual activist and professional coach who has supported the arts and emerging artists for almost 30 years. He is a founding member of the theater producing collaborative Harlem9, and was recently selected as a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Field Leadership Fund. He has worked with musicians, choreographers, performance artists, and theaters artists in a variety of contexts and cities over the years. Bryan served as a founding board member of Freedom Train Productions, the groundbreaking Black LGBT theater company based in Brooklyn. In addition, he is a leadership and life coach, supporting his clients in saying yes to a life of Joy, Passion and Possibilities. Find out more about Bryan’s work as a leadership and life coach at www.bryaneglover.com

Catherine A. Green is the Founder and Executive Director of ARTs East New York Inc. (AENY), a non-­­profit arts organization whose mission is to provide access, affordability and exposure to the arts for the East New York community while using the arts as a tool for social change. Founded in 2009, AENY has served more than 1,000 constituents and $100,000 in charitable assets under management today, is the only arts CBO in the East New York, Brooklyn area, one of the largest arts specific providers of services to youth, and among the community’s top organizations. Under the leadership of Green, AENY has accomplished several milestones including launching a mural program for Young men in the community in tribute to Trayvon Martin and other Men of color affected by gun violence, an arts program that has grown from 10 students and now serves over 100 youth in the community as well as producing a concert series that has attracted over 2,000 community residents. Her innovative and thought provoking approach to programming has gained the attention of media outlets such as The New York Times, New York Daily News as well as Good Morning America. Pratt Institute, Union Square Awards as well as the Rockefeller Foundation have supported her vision for the organization.

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist. In 1998, Charles co-founded, with award-winning choreographer/dancer Arthur Aviles, BAAD! - The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, a cultural organization and theater that presents empowering works for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. He received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and his debut novel Chulito (Magnus Books 2011) has received nearly a dozen awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards - Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor from the American Library Association and a "Small Press Highlights" mention from the National Book Critics Circle. He also co-edited, with Charlie Vazquez, From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture/Lethe Press 2011). In 2014, Charles was appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department at Hostos Community College - CUNY, where he also serves as an Associate Artistic Director of Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture. Charles also serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the National Association of Latino Art and Cultures, where he is currently chair of both.

Jennifer Wright Cook joined The Field’s staff in 2006, becoming Executive Director the following year. Involved with the organization since 1996 when she expanded her arts professional role to include arts administrator as well as dancer, she has witnessed The Field's growth and transformation over the years. Jennifer now leads The Field’s emergence, at 30 years old, as not only a leading organization supporting artists in reaching their full potential, but also as an arts service agency at the forefront of advancing diversity and equity in the arts sector. 

Joseph Shahadi is the Executive Director of the Art of Brooklyn-- the only the only international, independent film festival in the world dedicated to the Brooklyn indie film scene-- a practicing artist, curator and lecturer. He earned a Ph.D. in Performance Studies in 2011 from New York University, where he taught undergraduates at the Tisch School of the Arts. Joseph has co-convened seminars at the American Society for Theater Research and presented papers at Performance Studies International in London and New York, where he chaired a panel on “Counter Culture” as well. His artwork has been exhibited in New York, nationally and internationally. www.josephshahadi.net