Lucy Sexton

Executive Director

is a Brooklyn born producer, administrator, and performing artist who has worked in the fields of dance, performance, film, and public advocacy. She has served as Executive Director of the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, building them for the first time into an independent organization. From 2013-16 she worked as a Consulting Associate Artistic Director of the planned performing arts center at the World Trade Center, conducting field-wide outreach and developing the center’s artistic mission and plan. As a dance artist she works with Anne Iobst creating and performing the dance performance duo DANCENOISE which was founded in 1983, had a retrospective exhibit and performance at the Whitney Museum in 2015, and premiered a new piece at NY Live Arts in 2018. She has also directed and dramaturged plays by Spalding Gray, Tom Murrin, Nora Burns, and Heather Litteer; and produced documentaries by Charles Atlas for the BBC and Arte. |


Melanie greene

Administrative Director

Melanie Greene, 2017 Bessie Award Recipient for Outstanding Performance with Skeleton Architecture, is a movement artist, writer, podcast host, and administrator swirling on the edge of impossible, swimming in the sea of the minority. She has presented work around New York City and has received generous support from New York Live Arts, Gibney Dance, Actors Fund Summer Push Grant, and Dancing While Black Fellowship. Greene is a contributing writer for The Dance Enthusiast and Dance Magazine, co-host of the Dance Union Podcast, a 2018 Bogliasco Fellow, and 2018/20 Movement Research Artist in Residence. A southern belle turned Brooklynite, Greene holds a special place for buttery biscuits, country ham, and collard greens. |

photo credit: Julie Larsen


Co Chairs

Jennnifer Wright Cook, The Field

James King, Harlem Stage

Ted Berger, NY Creates, Joan Mitchell Foundation

Randy Bourscheidt, Archive of New York Cultural Policy

John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society

Jacqueline Davis, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Suzy Delvalle, Creative Capital

Lane Harwell, Ford Foundation

Andrea Louie, formerly Asian American Arts Alliance

Mike Marinello, Independent Strategic Consultant

Sara Marinello, Wildlife Conservation Society

Eve Moros Ortega, National Urban Fellow

Eric Pryor, Harlem School of the Arts

Voza Rivers, New Heritage Theatre Company

Shadawn Smith, NYC and Company

Michael Unthank, Independent Arts Consultant

Banner photo credit: Anne Tan Detchkov