Archive for January, 2008

Arts Presenters: Tony Micocci

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Before forming the touring, management, and consulting firm Micocci Productions in 1992, Tony Micocci was Managing Director of the Flynn Theater and President of City Center Theater in New York City. His new book “Booking Performance Tours: Marketing and Acquiring the Live Arts and Entertainment” is the definitive how-to guide for both non-profit and commercial touring. His client roster has included Marcel Marceau, Basil Twist and STREB.

In this interview Tony talks about the complex relationship between agents and artists, how they connect, and why he spent two years writing a book.

This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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Arts Presenters: Josh LaBelle

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Josh LaBelle has served as the Executive Director of the Seattle Theatre Group (STG) since the spring of 2001. Prior to assuming leadership of the organization, he spent the previous five years directing programming and overseeing operations for STG’s historic theatres, The Paramount and The Moore. Before joining STG, Josh spent several years working as a musician, where he had the opportunity to record and tour alongside such legends as T-Bone Burnett and Sam Phillips.

In this podcast Josh speaks to the changing landscape facing the performing arts, the need for a diverse revenue base to support the arts, and how great Seattle is.

This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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Arts Presenters: Alicia Anstead

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Alicia Anstead is an award-winning journalist and editor of Inside Arts. She has served as the senior arts writer at the Bangor Daily News, and has been published nationally in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, American Craft and Down East. She was a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow at the Columbia University School Journalism program, and teaches writing and composition at several colleges.

In this podcast Alicia talks about some of the central issues around the theme for this year’s Arts Presenters conference - Presenting New Ground.

This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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Arts Presenters: Isabel Soffer

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Isabel Soffer is director of programming at the World Music Institute, a non-profit concert-presenting organization dedicated to the research and presentation of traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world. She is also one of the moving forces behind GlobalFEST, the highly acclaimed showcase of world music.

In this podcast Isabel talks about WMI and how it connects with artists, how to survive visa applications for visiting international artists, and what music she is listening to this winter.

This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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Arts Presenters: Yoko Shioya

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Yoko Shioya is Artistic Director at the Japan Society, overseeing the Society’s Performing Arts and Film Programs. She has expanded collaborative projects with American cultural organizations and universities to introduce Japanese performing artists and also launched new initiatives, including an artists’ residency project and a workshop series. Known in Japan as a writer/researcher on the public and private arts support systems in the U.S. and Japan, Shioya is also a regular contributor to arts columns on performing arts and exhibitions for the Asahi newspaper, and has served as a committee member and selection panelist for numerous programs, including The Bessie Awards, Rolex Mentor and Protege International Program, and the Toyota Choreography Awards.

In this podcast she talks about contemporary and traditional Japanese art forms as they are re-imagined by both Japanese and international performers and choreographers.

This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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