Learn more about the Field Leadership Fund Fellows: 2015-2017

Alexis ConventoAya Lane, Azure D. Osborne-LeeBryan E. GloverEmily BerryEric LockleyGoussy CélestinJehan O. Young, Kendra Ross, Kyoung Park, Rachel Y. DeGuzman, and Sydnie L. Mosley

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Manager Fellow, Alexis Convento is a New York City-based, Filipino-American producer, administrator and manager working within the dance and performance art worlds. Her interests include artist and programming development, brand identity and strategy, and performance curation; her creative direction has led to sold out houses, close artist relationships and cultivation of an audience with an enduring interest in the performing arts. Alexis hopes to further locate collaboration between organizations, to create dialogue across genres, and to develop partnerships between the art communities and its public. Alexis 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. She is also on faculty of the Joffrey Ballet's Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program, teaching composition and improvisational movement techniques to the next generation of dance movers and makers. Previously, Alexis was administrator and production coordinator at Gowanus Art + Production, former arts division for Gowanus Hospitality Group; has written about artists, creatives and food on the blog Union x Bond; and was one of three speakers at a Dance Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for the senior class of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Alexis holds a BFA in Dance from Fordham University with the Ailey School, with additional training from the LINES Ballet and the Contemporary Traditions Program at Jacob’s Pillow. She is honored to be one of twelve fellows in the 2015-2017 pilot cohort of the Field’s Field Leadership Fund. thecurrentsessions.com Paired with Arts Organization Fellow: B3W Emily Berry
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Manager Fellow, Ayanna Lane, who goes by her given name, Aya, is a creator hailing from Atlanta, GA. As a queer woman of color from the South, her story is a unique one. A dancer, DJ, arts administrator and manager with the distinct ability to connect communities she believes in the power of the people. That belief is central to all that she does. From her dancing to her administrative work, she can find someone with whom to imagine, build and / or create together. Aya obtained her BA in International Trade & Marketing from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She worked as a blog writer for FIT, as well as several other blogs during college. It was here she learned how to share information in an captivating way and create an authentic and interesting social media presence. While in college, she also worked at the Laundromat Project (LP), where she discovered her passion for building opportunities and art projects that reflect, engage and are accessible to communities that have limited access to the arts sector of New York City. At the LP she supported solo artists and their projects by documenting, archiving and creating online content.  Since beginning the Field Leadership Fund Fellowship just months ago Aya has already assisted her FLF partner, Eric Lockley’s short film, The Jump, into several nationally acclaimed film festivals, and co-produced an extremely successful screening raising money for the travel expenses. https://thebadblack.com/ Paired with Artist Fellow: Eric Lockley
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Manager Fellow, Azure D. Osborne-Lee is a writer, director, and performer from South of the Mason-Dixon Line. He holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama as well as an MA in Women's & Gender Studies and a BA in English & Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. Azure currently serves as Grants Coordinator for Brooklyn Arts Council, where he has worked since July 2014. Over the past couple of years, Azure has also worked for Cherry Lane Theatre, The Billie Holiday Theatre, and The Foundry Theatre in a variety of capacities. Azure is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwriting (2015 & 2016) as well as an alumnus of both Rising Circle Theater Collective's INKtank (2014) and EMERGENYC, the Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program (2014). Azure has held playwriting residences with Brooklyn Community Pride Center (2015), New Shoes Theatre (2011), and Freedom Train Productions (2010), and he was recently awarded the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Award for his first full-length play, “Mirrors.” This past October, Azure presented new writing at Fire & Ink IV: Witness in Detroit, Michigan. On January 25, 2016 he'll receive a reading of his newest full-length play, “Glass,” as part of The Fire This Time Festival. You can keep up with Azure's work at http://azureosbornelee.comPaired with Artist Fellow: Sydnie L. Mosley


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Manager Fellow, Bryan E. Glover is an award-winning arts producer, filmmaker, writer and professional coach. As an arts producer, he is particularly focused on showcasing alternative, contemporary voices. He is a co-founder of Harlem9, producers of the Obie award winning “48Hours in…Harlem,” the highly anticipated annual showcase featuring emerging and established Black theater artists in New York City. Bryan has supported the arts and emerging artists for over 25 years, having worked with musicians, choreographers, performance artists, and playwrights in a variety of contexts and cities. He has also worked previously for over two decades in the social service sector in a variety of capacities and professional environments both in private and non-profit organizations.  He is committed to using his skills to enhance and promote the careers of artists, and lending his prior management experience to strengthening arts organizations. He is especially interested in enhancing and promoting the voices of LGBT artists of color, having served as a founding board member of Freedom Train Productions, the groundbreaking Black LGBT theater company based in Brooklyn, NY from 2006 - 2011. He has also served on the board and executive committees of several community based organizations over the years, supporting a variety of social justice and organizing efforts. Bryan has recently opened his practice as a trained professional leadership and life coach, supporting people in adopting a leadership stance in their life and manifesting their vision. www.bryaneglover.com Paired with Artist Fellow: Goussy Célestin
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Arts Organization Fellow, Emily Berry is the Artistic Director of B3W Performance Group, which has performed in the US, England, Greece, Italy, Thailand, and Mexico. In New York City, B3W has performed at Henry Street Settlement, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, BAAD!, the 92nd Street Y, The Irondale Center as part of FlicFest, and the Manhattan Movement Arts Center among others. B3W received the Mondo Cane Commission from Dixon Place where we premiered Confined in September 2010 with a three-week run. Spin Art, B3W’s newest evening length work premiered at the Irondale Center January 30th, 2014 with live music by DBR. Spin Art inside of a cube with flying paint premiered in Queens in November of 2014. Eva Yaa Asantewaa (InfiniteBody) describes Berry’s work as “Memorable, intelligent, strong”. “Violent but engaging” are the words attached to Berry’s work by Clare Croft in the Washington Post. Maura Donahue (Culturbot) writes about Confined as, “Clear expression of idea in movement”. Emily has performed with danceTactics Performance Group/Keith Thompson, Boris Willis Moves, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company, Restless Native Dance/Tamieca McCloud, Lesole’s Dance Project, and Ashe Moyubba/Alafia Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance Ensemble. Emily is a Certified Movement Analyst. She also has a MFA in dance from George Mason University. Her Bachelor of Dance Arts was earned from the University of Michigan along with a Bachelor of General Studies in Women’s Studies and Political Science. She is currently an assistant professor of dance at Queensborough Community College. http://www.b3w.org/ Paired with Manager Fellow: Alexis Convento
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Artist Fellow, Eric Lockley is a Baltimore native and NYC - based actor, writer and producer. Regional theater credits include Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy at the Studio Theatre in DC, How We Got On at Cleveland Playhouse, Game On at the National Black Arts Fest in Atlanta and black odyssey at the Denver Center Theater. New York stage credits include The Colored MuseumHope SpeaksHolesCATO and The Winter’s Tale. Lockley will also be featured in upcoming films Assisted Living starring Olympia Dukakis and Macy Gray, and Knockout Game. Television credits include features on HBO, MTV & BET. Lockley’s written works include his “affirmative action” comedy Blacken the Bubble and the sci-fi thriller, Without Trace. As a solo performer, Lockley has written and performs Last Laugh, exploring the mental health of 2 black entertainers, and Asking for More, an educational solo show that encourages health consciousness in urban youth. As a founding member of two Harlem-based organizations, The Movement Theatre Company and OBIE-award winning, Harlem9, Eric has produced numerous productions, events and theatrical presentations that over the years have showcased over 400 artists of color at various stages in their careers. Stand-out achievements have been, Harlem 9's annual one-of-a-kind event "48 Hours in . . . HARLEM", and The Movement's acclaimed productions of Bintou and Look Upon Our Lowliness.  Eric’s most recent endeavor has been writing and producing his first film, “The Jump” – which explores one black boy’s special relationship with the water. www.ericlockley.com Paired with Manager Fellow: Aya Lane
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Artist Fellow Goussy Célestin's personal mission has long been about stirring up all her musical influences into a moving experience, incorporating both her music and dance background. Goussy's versatility has received favorable reviews in the NEW YORK TIMES, where she was called a "renaissance woman ". A longtime member of Retumba and Ase Dance Theatre Collective alum, Goussy currently performs throughout the NYC-Tri state area as a musician and dancer.  She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Del Terzo Studio at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, SOB's, the Knitting Factory, NJPAC, Tilles Center, Newark Symphony Space, Joe's Pub, to name a few. Her performance travels include Cuba, England, Wales, Japan, Haiti, and the U.S. Currently, Goussy is a faculty member for the Middle School Jazz Academy and WeBop programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is also mother to two young boys, ages 2 and 5 - what she calls her "greatest creative compositions". Paired with Manager Fellow: Bryan Glover
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Manager Fellow, Jehan O. Young A classically-trained actor, occasional dancer and emerging arts manager, Jehan O. Young currently serves as a company member and corps coordinator for Kotchegna Dance Company, a West African dance company specializing in the dance and drum traditions of the Ivory Coast.  Recent producing credits include Kekene 2015, Kotchegna’s flagship event, an annual dance celebration comprising a full weekend of community workshops and presentations culminating in Kekene IX: Le Chasseur at the Ailey Citigroup Theater.  She also had the privilege of associate producing Kotchegna’s dance-drama Felani at 92nd Street Y. As a fellow with the The Field Leadership Fund, Jehan is presently paired with Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance.  She is excited to be spending her fellowship year assisting Cumbe in developing their Outside Engagement program which aims to broaden their audience by dispatching Cumbe’s well-vetted roster of Master Artists to any and all communities without regard to color, class, age or other divisive constructs.  Through their work together, Jehan hopes to explore and hone Cumbe’s capacity to further their mission of transmitting the performance traditions of the African Diaspora to contemporary generations that will help facilitate and ensure an enduring legacy whose influence and importance will be acknowledged through the continued practice of and exposure to the vitality of these cultural traditions.  So far, Jehan has learned that copies don’t print themselves, it takes more than a wish to send an email and people may often require a set time and date if they are being requested to assemble for any given reason.  Sometimes, however, miracles remain mercifully possible and that makes her endlessly grateful.  Paired with Arts Organization Fellow: Kendra Ross/ Cumbé Dance Center. 
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Arts Organization Fellow, Kendra Ross, is a proud Detroit native working as a dancer, teaching artist, choreographer, arts administrator and community organizer in her current home, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. As a dancer in New York City, Kendra has worked with Urban Bush Women, Andrea E. Woods/ Souloworks, Vissi Dance Theater, Monstah Black, MBDance, Moving Spirits Dance Company and Oyu Oro. In 2013 she also danced in a European tour with DJ Kid Koala in Vinyl Vaudville 2.0.  Kendra is currently a company member of Ase Dance Theater Collective. Kendra’s choreographic work has been presented at the Detroit Performing Arts High School, Joffrey Summer Intensive, Halftime Performances at Florida A&M University, the off Broadway show 7 Sins, and Museu de Arte in Salvador, Brazil. Her community work began as a member of Urban Bush Women’s B.O.L.D Network co-teaching dance workshops and co-facilitating community engagement workshops.  Along with sharing her art world-wide, Kendra serves as the Founder and Director of STooPS, an outdoors-based community building event that uses art as a catalyst to strengthen ties between different entities in Bed-Stuy. Additionally, Kendra currently serves as the Director of Programs and Administration at Cumbé: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Cumbé, located in the heart of Brooklyn, is dedicated to being a home for the exploration, celebration and study of the dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribean through classes and cultural events.  http://www.cumbedance.com/ Paired with Manager Fellow: Jehan Young.
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Arts Organization Fellow, Kyoung Park, was born in Santiago, Chile and is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the United States. He is author of Sex and Hunger, disOriented, Walkabout Yeolha, Tala, Pillowtalk and many short plays including Mina, which is published in Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas by Duke University Press. For over a decade, Kyoung has worked internationally in Brazil, Chile, England, India, and South Korea in search of contemporary theatrical models that integrate his passion for peace studies and playwriting. Kyoung writes and directs his own work as Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company. Kyoung is currently under commission by Mixed Blood Theater Company (Minneapolis) and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theater Writer’s Lab and Soho Theatre’s Writer’s Hub (London). Kyoung is recipient of an Edward Albee Playwriting Fellowship, Theater of the Oppressed International Exchange Fellowship (Rio de Janeiro), Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater-Making fellowship, grants from the Arvon Foundation (London), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, GK Foundation (Seoul), and was named a 2010 UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate (Paris). Kyoung received his BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, MA in Peace and Global Governance from Kyung Hee University, and MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, where he was a Dean’s Fellow. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Daniel Lim, and continues his self-education in Buddhism, following his refuge vows with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. www.kyoungspacificbeat.org Paired with Manager Fellow: Rachel DeGuzman
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Manager Fellow, Rachel Y. DeGuzman is president & CEO of 21st Century Arts, a Rochester, NY based arts consultancy. She is the founder and executive producer of A Call to Action symposiums and the recently launched A Street Light Festival. DeGuzman is an active member at VisitRochester and Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Tourism/Arts Work Group. Rachel is a program partner of Janklow Arts Leadership Program at Syracuse University. She serves as an ongoing pro-bono advisor to several local arts and cultural organizations. Rachel writes a community arts blog at democratandchronicle.com and is the host of a weekly radio show, Up Close and Cultural, on WAYO 104.3 FM where she also serves on its leadership team..  Ms. DeGuzman was 1 of 14 national arts professionals selected by Association of Performing Arts Presenters for 2012/2013 Leadership Development Institute - where she spent a year in collective inquiry focused on the theme of Knowing and Connecting Art with Community. Her past positions include director of advancement/external relations at Rochester City Ballet and marketing and publicity manager of Nazareth College Arts Center. She was director of development/communications at The Commission Project and director of development at Garth Fagan Dance.  Rachel served on Mayor Warren's Neighborhood: Quality of Life transition focus group; was a grant panelist for Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester and NYSCA/REDC. She was a member of the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester’s Cultural Diversity Initiative Committee.  DeGuzman was a past member of William Warfield Scholarship Fund board. http://www.21stcenturyarts.net Paired with Arts Organization Fellow: Kyoung's Pacific Beat
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Artist Fellow, Sydnie L. Mosley, is an artist-activist and educator interested in work that is both artistically sound and socially aware. Currently she is a 2015-2016 Artist in Residence at The Performance Project at University Settlement where she produced her second evening length work BodyBusiness. She is also currently a 2015-2016 Dancing While Black Fellow. She is an alumna of the Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project, and the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training. With her 2012 work, The Window Sex Project, which uses movement to respond to the sexual harassment of women in public places, she became the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow. She earned her MFA in Dance Choreography from the University of Iowa, and earned her BA in Dance and Africana Studies from Barnard College at Columbia University. As a performer, Sydnie danced with Christal Brown's INSPIRIT: a dance company from 2010-2013, and continues to be a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet, since 2009. She is a teaching artist for the DreamYard Preparatory School, YMCA and designed and teaches Barnard College's Dance in the City Pre-College Program for high school students. She is currently consulting with the Barnard College undergraduate humanities course, “The Worlds of Ntozake Shange and Digital Storytelling,” to develop a movement curriculum to accompany the study of Shange’s work. An advocate for the field, Sydnie served on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee 2011-2015 leading as Vice Chair in her last year. She has also contributed writing to Dance Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast. http://sydnielmosley.com Paired with Artist Manager Fellow: Azure D. Osborne-Lee

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