NEFA Appoints New Theater Program Officer

Leilani Ricardo | photo by Jeffrey Filiault

(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is pleased to announce that Leilani Ricardo has joined the organization in the role of Program Officer, Theater.

In this role, Leilani will partner with the team on administering NEFA’s portfolio of theater programs and services including the National Theater Project, managing the program’s community partnerships and supporting its strategic growth, and coordinating with the Communications department.

Prior to joining NEFA, Leilani served as the Director of Education for Urbanity Dance in Boston, MA, where she oversaw implementation of arts programs with Boston Public Schools, Boston Children’s Museum, and other community partners, while managing the Urbanity School. She also served as a Guest Lecturer at the New England Conservatory and has taught both theater and dance to K-12 students throughout Greater Boston. She began her instructional work at Boston Ballet as an Education and Community Initiative lead teacher.

A working artist, Leilani earned her B.A. in Dance, Theater from Dean College and has earned black belts in multiple martial arts styles. Originally from Limerick, ME, she currently resides in Malden, MA.

“We are so excited to welcome Leilani to the NTP team. She brings experience as a working theater and dance artist, as well as arts administrative expertise and will greatly expand our ability to connect and provide resources to our grantees and other artists.” said Quita Sullivan, senior director of the National Theater Project.

About NEFA

The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.  NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at

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