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APAP | NYC 2019 Conference
Hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals

01.4.18 - 01.8.18

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference in NYC is fast approaching, and NEFA staff will be attending, as usual. Be sure to stop at the booth or join us in any of the following events. 

Visit us at the NEFA booth: #122 (Rhinelander, Level 1, EXPO Hall) to ask questions about NEFA's programs and services, to pick up a publication, or just say hello!

Event Information

Dance/USA Dance Forum

Friday, 1.4.19 | 9:00AM-noon | Hilton Trianon Ballroom

NEFA staff will join the annual Dance Forum along with South Arts for a panel with updates on our organizations’ grant making services for dance.

New England Presenters/Arts Presenters of Northern New England Meeting

Saturday, 1.5.19 | 8:00AM-9:00AM | Hilton Midtown Suite

The New England Presenters (NEP) and Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE) Meeting is for presenting member organizations in the New England region and will provide an opportunity for presenters to discuss NEP/APNNE business. NEFA’s Adrienne Petrillo and Daniela Jacobson will be present

How to Conduct Indigenous Land Acknowledgements

Saturday, 1.5.19 | 9:00AM-9:45AM | Hilton Concourse A

Conversation led by NEFA's Quita Sullivan (Montaukett/Shinnecock) and members of Indigenous Direction. This focused session is designed to help presenters learn how and why to perform land acknowledgements and follow Indigenous protocol at their venues and events. Participants will leave with resources and guidance on incorporating this practice into their local work and connecting with local and regional resources to support these efforts.

Introduction to Relaxed Performances

Sunday, 1.6.19 | 10:00AM-11:30AM or 1:00PM-2:30PM | Playwrights Downtown, 440 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003

Are your performances and events accessible—even to people with invisible disabilities?

Relaxed performances are designed to make theater spaces more comfortable to audience members with autism, sensory sensitivities, learning disabilities, Tourette's syndrome, people who experience anxiety, or people who are not comfortable with the conventions of a traditional theater setting.

Join us for an overview of relaxed performance methodology to learn how embracing a laidback attitude to audience noise and movement coupled with minor production changes can support all audiences in experiencing the arts without barriers.

The space is wheelchair accessible. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.

To Register: Email Wynsor.Taylor@BritishCouncil.org with “Relaxed Performances” in the subject line. Please include your name, organization, job title, and any accessibility requirements in your email.

Introduction to Relaxed Performances is presented as part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in partnership with the British Council.

The Producer Hub: Building a Connective Space for Live Arts

Sunday, 1.6.19 | 1:30PM-2:45PM

This working session will inform the creation of the Producer Hub, a connective space for artists, independent producers, and producing/presenting organizations creating live performance. Recognizing current needs in the field, the ProducerHub would fuel connections, raise visibility, and provide tools, mentorship, and resources for making work. Join us and help build this new service to our field. NEFA's Jane Preston will speak along with others.

Dance Presenters Forum

Sunday, 1.6.19 | 3:30PM-4:30PM | Hilton, Concourse B

The 2018 National Dance Presenters Forum (NDPF) at Jacob’s Pillow brought together a cohort of 17 presenters to discuss critical issues in the field, strengthen curatorial practice, bolster support for dance in the US, and strengthen professional networks. Join us to hear from past participants and facilitators and what to expect in 2019.

Diversity and Inclusion in Rural Presenting

Monday, 1.7.19 | 9:00AM-10:30AM | Hilton, Madison Suite

Presenters in rural settings share strategies and challenges in bringing diverse programming to their communities in authentic effective ways. Harold Steward, The Theater Offensive (Boston, MA), will be a featured speaker.

New England Artists Showcases/Performances

American Dance Festival at Dixon Place

January 3 at 6:00PM |  January 4 at 10:00PM | January 5 at 6:00PM

Genre: Dance (Modern/Contemporary). Artists:

APAP Session: UP NEXT! Artist Pitch Session Tracks: Artist Development and Creative Practice, Programming and Producing

January 4 at 1:00PM-3:00PM | Hilton West Ballroom

Discover 18 exciting new works that are in development or ready to tour. Admission limited to APAP|NYC conference registrants. Artists curated by APAP will include Guy Mendilow Ensemble  (Roxbury, MA) – New England States Touring (NEST)-eligible artist.

The Oshima Brothers (Belfast, ME) with Caitlin Canty presented by The Americana Music Association®
January 4 at 8:00PM | Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Genre: Music (Adult Contemporary, Folk, Pop). Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, Oshima Brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop with electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion that has drawn immediate attention by the likes of The Americana Music Association and top listening rooms in the Northeast.

Thomas/Ortiz Dance  (New Canaan, CT) – New England States Touring (NEST)-eligible artist 
January 7 at 11:55PM | New York City Center Studios, 130 W 56th St (btwn 6th & 7th Aves), New York, NY 10019

Genre: Ballet, Modern/Contemporary. "Birmingham to Baltimore" explores the concept of post democracy as it was in the '60s and how it compares to current events of today. "Four Temperaments" depicts a man's love/hate relationships with his vices. "Frayed Ends" is a romantic duet base on the writing of Joseph P. Martino. "Undamely" investigates what is acceptable behavior for women at the turn of the century.


Watch work samples from National Theater Project and National Dance Project 2018 award recipients, with tour subsidy available.