Adrienne Willis, the Executive and Artistic Director of Lumberyard, is a leader in nonprofit management whose professional background includes multi-faceted positions in theater, strategy, and communications. Her passion for developing new works by emerging playwrights led to her ten-year career as a New York City-based director, producer, and designer for such pioneering theater companies as Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Zipper, and Collective Unconscious. Willis’ experience in theater management also brought her to Mass MOCA, Lucille Lortel, and the Westport County Playhouse. In 2000, Willis initiated and directed Jason Wells’ Watch Your Step, a touring theatrical production about landmines that became an official project of Veterans for America (VFA)/Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF), a non-governmental organization that founded the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In 2006, Willis moved to Washington, DC, to serve as Director of Strategy and Communications for VFA/VVAF. In addition to setting the groups’s programmatic direction, she also secured significant high-level press coverage for the organization’s efforts to address the needs of U.S. troops and their families and co-directed the VFA National Guard Program and Wounded Warrior Outreach Program. In 2009, her successful career in strategic planning and communications led her to launch Willis Strategies, LLC, a Washington, DC based firm that specialized in branding, messaging, and media coverage for corporate and non-profit clients. In 2010, her expertise came to the attention of American Dance Institute, now known as Lumberyard. At that time, she became Executive Director of the organization. Since her appointment, Willis has led the Lumberyard during a phase of unprecedented growth -- moving Lumberyard’s home base from Washington, DC to New York City and played a leading role in the organization’s purchase of a four building complex in Catskill New York. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing initiatives that have resulted in Lumberyard’s well-deserved reputation for its artist-centered programs that offer generous residency and presenting opportunities. Willis hold a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.S. In Global Affairs from New York University.
Karen Lombardo, the President of KHL Consulting LLC, a specialized consulting firm that works with companies on the executive level to ensure that they have the structures in place to reach their goals. Prior to forming KHL, Lombardo was Executive Vice President of Gucci Group for Global Human Resources. At Gucci from 1985 to 2010, she helped turn the family-owned business into the third-largest luxury group in the world. As the Executive Vice President of Gucci Group, she implemented strategic initiatives that led to the recruitment and development of executive teams for brands such as Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Boucheron. She helped to bring more than 200 top decision-makers to Gucci during her leadership of the company’s global HR operations. Coaching and leadership training were integral parts of her role.
Dan Hurlin received a 1990 Village Voice OBIE award for his solo adaptation of Nathanael West’s A Cool Million, and his suite of puppet pieces Everyday Uses for Sight Nos. 3 & 7 (2000) earned him a 2001 New York Dance and Performance award (a.k.a. “BESSIE). His 1992 solo Quintland earned sculptor Donna Dennis a New York Dance and Performance award (a.k.a. “BESSIE”) for visual design, and in 1998, he was nominated for an American Theater Wing Design award for his set design for his music theater piece The Shoulder (music by Dan Moses Schreier). Other performance works include No(thing so powerful as) Truth, (1995); Constance and Ferdinand (1991) (with Victoria Marks); The Jazz Section (1989) (with Dan Froot); Two toy theater pieces, The Day the Ketchup Turned Blue (1997) from the short story by John C. Russell, and Who’s Hungry?/West Hollywood (2008) (with Dan Froot). His large puppet piece Hiroshima Maiden, (2004) with an OBIE award winning score by Robert Een, premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse and was awarded a UNIMA citation of excellence (Union Internationale de la Marionette). Most recently he finished Disfarmer, (2009) which also premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse and tours internationally. As a performer he has worked with Ping Chong, Janie Geiser, Annie B. Parson & Paul Lazar, and Jeffrey M. Jones, and directed premieres of works by Lisa Kron, Holly Hughes, Dan Froot and John C. Russell among others. He has received individual artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Hampshire State Council on the arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Creative Capital and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Dan has served on the faculties of Bowdoin, Bennington and Barnard College, Princeton University and is currently the Director of the Graduate Program in Theater at Sarah Lawrence College where he teaches both dance composition and puppetry. He was the director of the Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse for nine years, served on the board of the Jim Henson Foundation, and currently serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony. Dan was the recipient of the 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts for theater and most recently was named the 2009 United States Artists Prudential Fellow in Theater.
Alison Schwartz was previously the Co-Founder & Editorial Director of Lulu, the first mob app dedicated to millennial women. Alongside the CEO, Schwartz developed the busines from an original idea to a multinational business serving six million users with a team of 2 professionals in six countries. As Editorial Director, she determined the company’s editor scope, tone and strategy for Lulu’s app, website, blog, marketing materials and other published media. Prior to that, Schwartz worked as a literary agent at ICM in New York, where she worked on nonfiction projects for young women in their 20s and 30s.
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