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Vice President of International Programming and Dance, John F Kennedy Center, USA
Alicia B. Adams is the Vice President of International Programming and Dance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She joined the Kennedy Center in 1992, first serving as Special Assistant to the Chairman, James Wolfensohn. She worked with him to articulate, coordinate and oversee implementation of the Center’s programs and policies.
For almost two decades, Adams’ role at the Center has been producing and presenting in the international arena. In addition to major international festivals, Adams also curates the Center’s Contemporary Dance and the World Stages series.
She has worked in the field of arts management in New York City for institutions including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Belafonte Enterprises, Inc., City Center Theater, Harlem School of the Arts and International Production Associates.
She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts, Advisory Board of The Laurel Fund(Washington, D.C.), Founding Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing( UK), Africa 95 Trustee (UK), Former Advisory Board member for the All Roads Project of National Geographic, Planning Committee for ISPA Congress, ISPA Congress Chair(2012) Advisory Conference Committee for Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), and six years on the National Dance Panel of the New England Foundation on the Arts. In 2011 she received the APAP Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service to the field of presenting. She is also an elected member of the Cosmos Club. In 2013, Adams was awarded the Insignia of Member First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star by the Swedish government. In 2014 Adams was awarded Insignia of Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland by the Finnish government.
Adams has a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University. She holds a certificate in arts administration from Harvard University’s School of Business Administration.
Jude Kelly CBE
Artistic Director, Southbank Centre, UK
Jude Kelly is the Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution.
She founded Solent People's Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre, and was the Artistic Director of the York Festival and Mystery Plays. She later became the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 1997, she was awarded the OBE for her services to the theatre and in 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts. She has directed over 100 productions including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, the English National Opera, the Châtalet in Paris and in the West End.
Jude left the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2002 to found Metal, which through its artistic laboratory spaces provides a platform where artistic hunches can be pursued in community contexts. It has creative bases in Liverpool and Southend-On-Sea.
Jude is chair of Metal and was a member of the Cultural Olympiad Board which was responsible for the ongoing framework for delivering the creative, cultural and educational aspects of London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. She is visiting Professor at Kingston University and Leeds University and holds several honorary degrees from national and international universities. She is a regular broadcaster and commentator on a range of issues relating to society, art and education.
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Planning Committee Members
Chief Executive Officer, ISPA
Director, Kilkenny Arts Festival
Program and Development Associate, ISPA
Executive Producer, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company
International Producer, La Teatreria