Join us as we honor a true Bessie Awards advocate, Laurie Uprichard, with the 2019 Bessies Angel Award!
This year will mark The Bessies' 35th anniversary and we are thrilled to be honoring Laurie Uprichard who has done so much for the awards going through three decades! She worked with Bessies founder David White in the early days of the awards, and continued as coproducer during her years as Executive Director of Danspace Project. The Bessies Angel Award will recognize her service to The Bessies, and to dance in NY and beyond.
Toast this year's Bessie-nominated artists and enjoy remarks from very special guests. Angel Party tickets include hors d'oeuvres and cocktails overlooking Washington Square and priority seating to the awards ceremony, held at NYU Skirball Center immediately following.
Angel Party Host Committee: Azade Ardali, Mary Barone, Valerie Bourne, Barbara Bryan, Carol J. Bryce-Buchanan, Amy Cassello, Ruth Charney and Stephen Cecchetti, Peggy Cheng, Sean Curran, Beverly D'Anne*, Jacqueline Z. Davis, Cathy Edwards, Olga Garay-English, Gina Gibney, David Gordon, Pamela Green, Abby Harris-Holmes, Steven Hitt, Judy Hussie-Taylor*, Jeanne Linnes*, Stanford Makishi*, Cynthia Mayeda, Joseph V. Melillo, Virginia Millhiser, Linda Murray, New York Live Arts, Eiko Otake, Nicky Paraiso*, Carla Peterson*, Barbara Pillsbury, Mathew Pokoik, Philip W. Sandstrom, Janet Sarbaugh, Valda Setterfield, Linda Shelton, Mikki Shepard, Martha Sherman, Gus Solomons jr*, Kathy Spahn, Ted Striggles and Deborah Sale, Ivan Sygoda, Paz Tanjuaquio*, Martin Wechsler*, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
*Bessies Steering Committee
Laurie Uprichard joined the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans as Senior Curator of Performing Arts in September 2016. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Stephen Petronio Company, Producing Consultant for Tere O'Connor Dance, and Associate Producer at Quaternaire, an international production and tour management agency based in Paris, France. She also worked as a freelance consultant and producer, curating the Travelogues Series at Abrons Arts Center, and working with The Joyce Theater and choreographer Jean Butler. Other past clients have included the Bessies (for which she also serves as a member of the Steering Committee), Centre Culturel Irlandais, Douglas Dunn, Focus Dance, La MaMa, and Wesleyans ICPP. Laurie served as Director of the Dublin Dance Festival from 2007-2011, overseeing its transition to an annual festival and expanding its international visibility, audience outreach, and support of the local dance community. From 1992-2007, she was Executive Director of Danspace Project in New York City, a period of significant programmatic and budget growth for this dance venue based in the historic landmark St. Marks Church. She served as Managing Director of Urban Bush Women from 1991-92 and as the company's Producing Director until January 1996. From 1984-1991, she was associated with Dance Theater Workshop, serving the last three years as Managing Director and Co-Producer. She was a staff member in various programs at the New York State Council on the Arts between 1973 and 1981. In addition, she toured briefly as Company Manager with Meredith Monk/The House. A former dancer, Laurie performed with Kei Takei's Moving Earth for five years, as well as with Irene Feigenheimer, Barbara Roan, and Wendy Woodson.
Laurie Uprichard was a member of the Board of Directors of Danspace Project from 2007-2016; has twice served on the Board of Dance/USA, chairing its Presenters Council from 2002-2004; and has served as a board member of Movement Research. She is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in the French Ministry of Culture and received a 2008 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for her service to the field. With Yorgos Loukos, Laurie served as Artistic Advisor to the France Moves Dance Festival in 2001 and on the Honorary Committee of the French-U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED). She holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing from The American University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami.
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