Programming

Sydney Skybetter

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 -- Co-Producer  

Kiri Miller is Professor of American Studies and Music (Ethnomusicology) at Brown. Her 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(Oxford, 2017), investigates how dance video games teach choreography, remediate popular music, invite experimentation with gendered and racialized movement styles, and stage domestic surveillance as intimate recognition. 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 (Ethnomusicology) 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 American Roots Music, Musical Youth Cultures, Digital Media and Virtual Performance, Introduction to Ethnomusicology, Music and Technoculture, and Ethnography of Popular Music.

 

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 Associate  

Ariane Michaud is a freelance dancer, social media strategist and management consultant for the arts. 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, Mexico 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. She also works freelance for companies that include Doppelgänger Dance Collective, a duets company founded by Danielle Davidson and Shura Baryshnikov and Behavior Delta, a behavior design firm. Ariane is currently living the life of a digital nomad, pursuing her work as a freelance artist and consultant while enjoying her love of travel.