Sydney Skybetter -- Founding Producer
Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer. His dances have been performed around the country at such venues as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Boston Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow and The Joyce Theater. As a Founding Partner with the Edwards & Skybetter | Change Agency, he has consulted on issues of change management and technology for The National Ballet of Canada, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York University and The University of Southern California, among others. A sought-after speaker, he lectures on everything from dance history to cultural futurism, most recently at Harvard University, South by Southwest Interactive, TEDx, Saatchi and Saatchi, Dance/USA, NYU and MVR5. He is a Public Humanities Fellow and faculty member at Brown University, where he researches the problematics of human computer interfaces and mixed reality systems. He produces shows at Joe’s Pub, SteelStacks and OBERON with DanceNOW[NYC], and is the winner of a RISCA Fellowship in Choreography from the State of Rhode Island.
Kiri Miller -- Consulting Producer
Kiri Miller is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on participatory culture, popular music, interactive digital media, and virtual/visceral performance practices. Her latest book, Playable Bodies: Dance Games and Intimate Media, investigates how motion-sensing interfaces teach choreography, cultivate new embodied experiences of popular music, and stage domestic surveillance as intimate recognition (forthcoming in March 2017 from Oxford University Press). Her previous monographs are Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance (Oxford, 2012) and Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism (Illinois, 2008). Miller completed the Ph.D. in Music at Harvard in 2005 and was a Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta before joining the Brown faculty in 2007. She has published articles in Ethnomusicology, New Media & Society, Game Studies, American Music, 19th-Century Music, the Journal of American Folklore, Oral Tradition, and the Journal of the Society for American Music. In 2010-11 she held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the American Council of Learned Societies. Miller's regular course offerings include Musical Youth Cultures, Digital Media and Virtual Performance, Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Music and Technoculture, Ethnography of Popular Music, and World Music in Theory and Practice.
Kevin Clark -- Director of Programming
Kevin Clark was Director of Platform at New Music USA, and is an expert in arts grant making and software product development. He is responsible for New Music USA's custom grant making platform, which allows musicians to apply for funding quickly and easily, and allows New Music USA to develop a community around funded projects. His consulting practice centers on increasing the efficiency of grant making through technology, and supporting technology driven change in arts organizations. As a composer, he experiments with business models and collaboration techniques as much as with pitches and rhythms. His works include opera, symphonic, chamber, and choral music, as well as sketch comedy and web video. His work supporting artists has brought him to speak at Cooper Union, The San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, The New School, General Assembly, the Awesome Foundation, and NAMP among others. His current research applies economic principles to the lives of individual artists.
Ariane Michaud -- Programming Assistant
Ariane Michaud is a freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer and management consultant for the arts based in New York, NY. She graduated with honors from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance, and has performed as a professional dancer in the USA, Central America and China. Ariane is the current Director of Communications for JUNTOS Dance Collective, a non-profit organization that encourages cultural exchange through dance and travel to Central America, the Social Media Strategist for Doppelgänger Dance Collective and a dance instructor and choreographer represented by Liberate Artists Agency. Most recently, she has also accepted a lead position at Behavior Delta, a Behavior Design firm. Ariane often pursues her work as a freelance artist and consultant while enjoying her love of travel.