Workshop Leaders

Our leaders are not only experts in what they teach, most are also practicing artists. In fact, many are Creative Capital awardees. Leaders introduce concepts and practical tools, then share their own real world experiences. This approach helps inspire and motivate participants to see the value and potential of using the tools for themselves. It also sets the stage for participants to engage in peer learning and resource sharing with each other and in the local community.

We provide the tools and strategies needed to gain self-sufficiency as artists. This spirit of community building and resource sharing inspired us to create a full suite of workshops accessible to artists everywhere. Since 2003, we have worked with more than 18,000 artists who are enriching over 800 creative communities across the country.


Byron Au Yong, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop, Art Business Management Online Workshop
Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation scored for voices with Asian, European and handmade instruments. Examples include Tzu Lho: Simmering Songs performed by the Stanford Chorale, O(pa)pera for the Seattle Art Museum, Salt Lips Touching for the Jeonju Sanjo Festival and Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas performed in 64 waterways throughout the Pacific Northwest. Byron has been an artist-in-residence with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Jack Straw New Media Gallery, Rutgers University Center for Migration and the Global City, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab and Yale Institute for Music Theatre. Honors include support from the American Composers Forum, Darmstadt Institute, Dragon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Foundation Gaudeamus, Fukuoka Gendai Hogaku Festival, Jerwood Foundation, Meet the Composer and Time Warner Foundation. He teaches at Cornish College of the Arts and lives in Seattle. Learn more about his work at

Jackie Battenfield, leads the Promoting Your Work Team of the Core Skills Workshop
Jackie Battenfield is an artist known for her luminously colored paintings and prints of natural forces. Galleries throughout the United States represent her work including: Addison-Ripley, Washington, D.C.; Addington Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Allyn Gallup, Sarasota, Florida, Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, Colorado; and DM Contemporary, New York. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award (1991), the Warren Tanner Award (1996) and the Fulbright Scholars Program (2011). Jackie was the founding director of The Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, York overseeing its development into a stable art organization. She has been teaching Professional Practices to artists since 1992, first as seminar leader in The Artist in the Marketplace Program (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and currently in the MFA program at Columbia University School of the Arts. Battenfield is author of The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, Da Capo Press, 2009. Learn more about her work at

Ellen Bruno, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop
Ellen Bruno is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco. Drawing from her background in international relief work, Bruno’s films focus on issues at the forefront of human rights, including sex trafficking in Burma, Tibetan political prisoners, the social alienation of people with leprosy and genocide in Cambodia. Her films include House of the Spirit, Requiem, Sacrifice, Blessed, Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy, Leper and Sky Burial. Bruno studied film at Stanford University. She is a recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, a Goldie Award for Outstanding Artist, an Alpert Award for the Arts, an Anonymous Was A Woman Award for the Arts and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Bruno serves on the boards of the Buddhist Film Festival, the Pacific Pioneer Fund and Learn more about Ellen’s work at

César Cornejo, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop, Taller Profesional de desarollo para artistas
César Cornejo has received awards from the Creative Capital Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The British Council, The Arts Council of England, Center for Book Arts and the Ministry of Education of Japan among others. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held in Japan,Peru, England and United States. His work has been included in group exhibitions including the V Biennial del Barro de America in Venezuela; Biennial (S) Files at Museo del Barrio in New York, Busan Biennial 2008 in South Korea, and Art Positions, Art Basel Miami 2011 among others. Cornejo received MA and PhD degrees in Fine Arts from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and bachelor and professional title in architecture from the Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru. He is assistant professor at the School of Art and Art History of the University of South Florida, Tampa. Learn more about his work at

Matthew Deleget, Online Learning Consultant, teaches Internet for Artists Workshop
Matthew Deleget is an abstract painter, curator, and arts worker. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe, and Australasia. Matthew has received awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Golden Rule Foundation, and his work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Flash Art, Artnet Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Basler Zeitung, among others. He is a member of American Abstract Artists, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Artist Advisory Committee, and the board of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. In 2003, Matthew founded MINUS SPACE, a platform for reductive art on the international level based in Brooklyn, NY. Deleget holds an MFA in Painting an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and a BA in Art and German from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN. Learn more at and

Hasan Elahi, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop
Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist working with issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology and the challenges of borders. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as Centre Georges Pompidou, SITE Santa Fe, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Venice Biennale. He and has spoken to broad range of audiences on his work at the Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, World Economic Forum, and at TED Global. His work is frequently in the media and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and on The Colbert Report. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland. Learn more at

Matthew Geller, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop
Matthew Geller is particularly drawn to overlooked or underutilized environments, from private imaginary worlds within brick walls, to back alleys, to sprawling open public spaces. It is in these environments that he teases out small fragments of narrative by augmenting or amplifying the raw materials of a given place. With all of his work he sets out to engage the public and foster a sense of community. The works are playful, accessible—and very often unexpected. By using disparate elements (including everything from mist to swings to showers) in surprising and interactive ways, his work encourages engagement with the work and among viewers themselves. Geller is currently working on public art commissions for Zoo Miami, Brooklyn’s new Myrtle Avenue Plaza, the new Austin, Texas Civil Court, and Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco, among others. Geller received fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the NEA, and NYSCA, among others. Learn more about his work at

Sue Jaye Johnson, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop
Sue Jaye Johnson is an award-winning independent journalist and producer. In 2011, she spearheaded an unprecedented collaboration between The New York Times, NPR and WNYC to tell the story of the first women to ever box in the Olympic games. She is now working on a documentary film about Claressa Shields, the 17-year old from Flint, MI who won the gold medal and a book based on the radio series: Go For It: Life Lessons from Girl Boxers. Johnson has won numerous awards for her interactive documentaries about the US Criminal Justice System, the Kurdish Diaspora, an audio archive of the World Trade Center—including a Peabody Award, the Columbia-DuPont Award, and a Creative Capital artist grant. In 2003, she and her husband moved to South Africa where they co-produced Mandela: An Audio History for NPR’s All Things Considered and she co-founded Iliso Labantu, a collective of township-based photographers. She has taught visual and audio storytelling at Harvard University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Learn more about her work at

Daniel Alexander Jones, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop
Daniel Alexander Jones makes live art. His unconventional, interdisciplinary approach has yielded a dynamic body of work including the theatrical works Phoenix Fabrik, Bel Canto, Blood:Shock:Boogie, Earthbirths and Qualities of Light. Jones maintains long-running collaborations with artists Robbie McCauley, Vinie Burrows, Helga Davis, Sonja Perryman, Sharon Bridgforth, Walter Kitundu, Grisha Coleman and Barbara Duchow. Jones’ collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson, Jomama Jones* Radiate premiered in a sold-out run at Soho Rep in 2011 under the direction of Kym Moore – and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. The CDs Lone Star and Radiate, produced by Halvorson, were released on the independent imprint, Aries Records. He is currently at work on An Integrator’s Manual, a volume comprised of his collected writing for performance and essays. Jones received the Alpert Award in Theatre and support from Creative Capital and the MAP Fund. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists, a Core Member of the Playwrights’ Center and is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fordham University in Manhattan. Learn more about his work at

Colleen Keegan, leads the Strategic Planning team of the Core Skills Workshop
Colleen Keegan is a partner in Keegan Fowler Companies, an equity investment and consulting firm specialized in providing strategic planning and business affairs services to companies in the communications and entertainment industries. Previously, Keegan was a principal in The Strategic Planning Partnership. Her client list includes American Express, Bandai, Citi Group, ESPN, FM Japan, Hanna-Barbera, Paramount Pictures, Sprint, Sony New Technologies and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Keegan served as the president of Pacific Arts Video Production and Washington Video Services prior to establishing Keegan Fowler Companies. She also worked as a producer for MTV Networks, WETA and Showtime. Keegan developed the Strategic Planning Program at Creative Capital where she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Endowment Committee. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the American Refugee Committee, the MS Foundation, Texas Film Commission, Emily’s List, the NOW Legal Defense Fund and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Advisory Council.

Aaron Landsman, leads the Funding Your Work Team of the Core Skills Workshop, teaches Artist Community Engagement Workshop
Aaron Landsman’s performances combine formal experimentation and long-term community engagement. His works are often staged in spaces where people go every day, such as homes, offices and meeting rooms. Current projects include: City Council Meeting, a participatory work presented in four US cities in 2012-13; Appointment, a suite of performances for single viewers in small offices, presented so far in New York, Oslo and Detroit; and Running Away From The One With The Knife, a play about suicide and religious faith, to be presented at the Chocolate Factory in 2014. Previous work has been produced by The Foundry Theatre, PS 122, DiverseWorks and other spaces in the US, UK and Europe. Landsman’s work is funded by the NEFA National Theater Pilot, Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund and NPN. He has performed with award-winning theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service and other artists, taught at Juilliard and NYU, and guest lectured widely. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and Urbana, IL with his wife, Johanna Meyer, and their son Harold. Learn more about his work at

Maxine Lapiduss, teaches Authentic Branding Workshop and Online Workshop
In addition to her highly successful TV writing and producing career which spans over 25 years (Golden Globe winner, 4 Emmy nominations, Peoples Choice Award), Maxine has spent the last 10 years as an entrepreneur, non-profit founder, and Creative Strategist — helping visual artists, authors, filmmakers, and other creatives think more like successful businesses, and helping successful businesses think more creatively– expanding their brands and bottom lines. Currently Maxine is shuttling back and forth between Los Angeles, where she works in television and consults with clients, and Moscow where she is a Consultant for Sony International. Maxine is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Learn more about her work at

Brad Lichtenstein, teaches Internet for Artists Workshop
Brad Lichtenstein has worked in documentary production since 1992. His recent film, As Goes Janesville, is a documentary about how a town survives and reinvents itself. Lichtenstein is developing technology and transmedia projects for the common good, including What We Got: DJ Spooky’s Quest for the Commons. Before making his own films, Lichtenstein associate produced FRONTLINE’s Peabody award-winning presidential election year special, Choice ’96, and Lumiere Production’s PBS series, With God on Our Side: The History of the Religious Right. Also with Lumiere, he produced and directed André’s Lives, Safe, Caught in the Crossfire, and the BBC/Court TV co-production of Ghosts of Attica for which he was awarded a Dupont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism. His film, Almost Home, a PBS Independent Lens documentary about an elder-care community, continues to be featured in workshops on aging and care giving. Brad taught documentary production for five years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he founded doc|UWM, a documentary film center that provides students with professional documentary experiences. Learn more about his work at and

Beverly McIver, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop
Beverly McIver is currently the Suntrust Endowed Chair Professor of Art at North Carolina Central University. Prior to this appointment, McIver taught at Arizona State University in Tempe for twelve years, and has also taught at Duke University and North Carolina State University. McIver has held residencies at many of the nation’s leading artist communities, including YADDO, the Headland Center for the Arts, Djerassi, and Penland School of Crafts. She has served on the board at Penland School of Crafts and currently serves on the board of directors at YADDO. McIver’s work has been reviewed in Art News, Art in America and The New York Times and is in the permanent collection of museums across the country. She is also the subject of an HBO documentary, entitled Raising Renee which aired in 2012. McIver has received numerous grants and awards including the Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation grant, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation award, a distinguished Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Learn more about her work at

Eve Mosher, teaches Internet for Artists Workshop
Eve Mosher is an artist and interventionist living and working in New York City. Her works use investigations of the landscape as starting points for audience exploration of urban issues. Her public works raise issues of involvement in the environment, public/private space use, history of place, cultural and social issues and our own understanding of the urban ecosystem. Mosher’s work has been profiled in international media including The New York Times, ARTnews, L’uomo Vogue and Le Monde. Her public- and community-based artworks have received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and New York Department of Cultural Affairs, both through the Brooklyn Arts Council and The City Parks Foundation. She is an Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design. Mosher has an undergraduate degree in architecture and a Masters in Fine Arts. Learn more about her work at

Richard Move, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop, Performance Documentation Workshop

Richard Move is Director of MoveOpolis!, a TEDGlobal Oxford Fellow and PhD Candidate at New York University. MoveOpolis! has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, Jacobs Pillow Festival, River to River Festival and international venues. His commissions include productions for Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project, Martha Graham Dance Company, Deborah Harry of Blondie, American Festival of Paris, Florence Opera Ballet, European Cultural Capitol, Guggenheim Museum, Dame Shirley Bassey, Isaac Mizrahi and former New York City Ballet Principal, Helene Alexopolous. His films include Bardo, BloodWork-The Ana Mendieta Story, and GhostLight, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Move is Director/Producer of GIMP-The Documentary, currently in production. Martha@ …, Move’s performances as Icon Martha Graham received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (“Bessies”). Martha@… tours globally and has been featured on the BBC, La Sept TV/France and PBS’ City Arts. Martha@…The 1963 Interview was named “Best of 2011” by ARTFORUM International and Time Out, among others. He received his M.F.A. in Media Arts Production and has taught with Wendall K. Harrington at the Yale School of Drama. Learn more about his work at

Angela Reginato, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Taller Profesional de desarollo para artistas
Angela Reginato is an experimental film and video director and producer based in Oakland, CA. Born to an Italian father and Tex-Mex mother, Reginato grew up in California, Mexico and Italy during the 1970s and 80s. Originally trained as an architect at UC Berkeley, Reginato is interested in filmically exploring the use of place in the construction of memory. Her films See Bikini Sea, Untitled 2 and Contemplando la Ciudad have shown at the MadCat International Film Festival for the last three years, and Contemplando la Ciudad has screened in San Francisco, Mexico City, London at the 2006 Rotterdam International Film Festival and the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Reginato’s film and drawing installation Amateur was part of the exhibit Nisomos todos los que estamos in the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte Roma (MUCA Roma) in Mexico City in 2010. Her film Polvofor which she received Creative Capital award, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2012.

Chemi Rosado-Seijo, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Taller professional de desarollo para artistas
Born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Chemi Rosado-Seijo graduated from the painting department of the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts in 1997. In 2000, he had his first solo show at the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona. He has worked with residents of the El Cerro and La Perla communities of San Juan to present public art projects, workshops and other community initiatives, including La Perla’s Bowl, a sculpture functions as both a skateboarding ramp and a pool. Since 2009, Rosado-Seijo has been organizing exhibitions in his apartment in Santurce, creating a center for meeting and exchange in the Puerto Rican contemporary art scene. Learn more:

Blithe Riley, teaches Internet for Artists Workshop
Blithe Riley is an artist working with video, performance and installation. Her work has been presented at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MoMA PS1 in New York City and at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Riley received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. In 2009 she was an artist in resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where she met Mary Coble and formed the collaborative team Coble/Riley Projects. Together they have traveled internationally working on site-specific video works. Riley has taught classes in web design and video at Carnegie Mellon, George Washington University and Parsons. In addition to her own work, she has organized and programmed video screenings since 1998. Prior to her role with Creative Capital Professional Development Program, she served as a media producer at the Video Data Bank in Chicago. Learn more about her work at and

Sue Schaffner, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop, Internet for Artists Workshop, Website, Blog & Email Essentials Online Workshop
Sue Schaffner is an NYC-based photographer and part of the public art-duo, DYKE ACTION MACHINE! (DAM!), founded by herself and Carrie Moyer. Sue is one of the first Creative Capital Awardees. Some notable exhibitions include: Mixing Messages, at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Straight to Hell: 10 Years of Dyke Action Machine!, a retrospective originating at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and traveling throughout the country. Sue’s photography work has been widely published under the alias GIRL RAY and has appeared in Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, People, Esquire, Wired, and Glamour among others. Getty Images and Corbis license her photography library internationally. She currently works out of the artist collective studio, Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about her work at and

Dread Scott, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop, Internet for Artists Workshop, Artist Community Engagement Workshop, Creating a Marketing Strategy Online Workshop
Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. He first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This work was denounced by President G.H.W. Bush and outlawed by the US Congress. In 2006, the Whitney Biennial included his art in the Down by Law section and his work was also included in recent exhibitions at MoMA PS1, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. He is a recipient of a Creative Capital award, a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: Artists and Communities Grant and Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum, the Akron Art Museum. He works in a range of media including installation, photography, screen-printing, video and performance. Learn more about his work at

Andrew Simonet, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop, Real Cost Budgeting Online Workshop, Artists Raising Kids Online Workshop
Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and co-director of Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater, along with his collaborators Amy Smith and David Brick. Since 1993, Headlong has created collaborative dance theater in Philadelphia and toured nationally. Recent projects include Cell, a performance journey for one audience member guided by mobile phone, and This Town Is a Mystery, performances by regular Philadelphians in their homes. Simonet is in charge of fundraising for Headlong, securing grants from funders such as the New England Foundation for the Arts, Creative Capital, The Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, The Japan Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts. Headlong’s work has been produced by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Kyoto Arts Center, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.

Amy Smith, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Financial Literacy Workshop
Amy Smith is founder and Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater, a collaboratively run Philadelphia-based dance theater company. Headlong has been creating and performing their work since 1993. Smith has also acted in and directed theater productions, performed in cabarets, and choreographed for opera. She also has 15 years experience in for-profit and non-profit worlds doing accounting and financial management work. In 2008, Headlong started the Headlong Performance Institute (HPI), a semester training program for dance and theater artists who are college students or recent college graduates. In HPI, Smith teaches a course called “The Life of the Artist”, teaching planning and financial skills. She also does tax preparation for more than 100 artists annually. She chaired the committee that created Dance/USA Philadelphia, a local service organization, and recently served as Board Treasurer for the national service organization for dance, Dance/USA. Her personal mission is to help artists improve their financial literacy so they can reach their financial goals. Learn more about her work at

Brad Stephenson, teaches Internet for Artists Workshop, Social Media Online Workshop

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Brad Stephenson is a theater artist and a digital marketing specialist for Carnegie Mellon University. He previously served as the director of projects and marketing for the University’s Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT), helping artists and arts organizations more effectively leverage technology resources. He is a regular writer for Bricolage Production Company’s Midnight Radio series, and he founded and produces an annual 10-minute play festival. Brad manages, writes and produces podcasts for, a humor site he recently co-founded with his wife, writer and actress Gayle Pazerski. Stephenson was a stand-up comedian in New York City for several years, sharing the stage with artists like Jim Gaffigan and Ed Helms. He is a freelance web developer and social media consultant for artists and arts organizations. He also has a beautiful, hilarious daughter named Sadie. Learn more about his work at

Brian Tate, teaches Seven Elements of Strategic Marketing Online Workshop

Brian Tate is a marketing strategist, musician, and culture creator. He is executive director of MAPP International Productions, a nonprofit producer of performing arts projects that raise critical consciousness and spark social change. He is singer-songwriter of the band, Shrine for the Black Madonna, and founder of The Tate Group, a consulting firm. Clients have included Creative Capital, Fractured Atlas, The Guggenheim Museum, the Romare Bearden Foundation, and Theatre Development Fund, among others. Arts projects he has created or co-created include the Brooklyn New Music Festival, Curate NYC, the Dark Harvest Film Festival, Dark Wonderland, Queens Royalty, and the Taste of DC Festival, among others. A skilled negotiator, Mr. Tate has raised millions in cash and media through deals with AT&T, Bloomberg LP, Deutsche Bank, NBC4, Pepsi-Cola, Target, Visa, and others. Learn more about his work at

Kirby Tepper, teaches Verbal Communications Workshop

Kirby Tepper combines his experience as a performer, writer and psychotherapist to help people acquire verbal communication skills for public speaking, fund-raising, conflict resolution and presentations. Aside from countless Creative Capital seminars, his clients include Hyundai, Washington Mutual, L’Oreal, Columbia Law School. Tepper’s entertainment background includes co-authoring the “Robin Hood” song for the Oscar-winning’ Shrek; authoring lyrics for a musical version of the Oscar-winning Gladiator; co-authoring the musical Lola (Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference); and co-writing the musical of A Room With a View (with Emmy-winning composer Craig Safan). He has performed his own songs everywhere from the Pasadena Playhouse to Carnegie Recital Hall; and performed in shows on Broadway (On Your Toes), regional theater, and on television (Cheers, Wings and Kennedy Center Honors). He has written speeches and musical material for Carol Burnett, Sydney Poitier, John Lithgow, Lily Tomlin and more. Tepper is a Licensed Psychotherapist in Los Angeles.

Ela Troyano, Creative Capital Awardee, teaches Core Skills Workshop, Taller Profesional de desarollo para artistas
Ela Troyano is a Cuban-born filmmaker based in New York City. Her work has been shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Kitchen, PBS, the Kino Arsenal, the New Horizons Film Festival in Poland and other international venues. A retrospective of her work was screened in Berlin at the Arsenal Institute For Film and Video Art in 2012. A performance and installation of her work with her sister, performance artist Carmelita Tropicana, was presented at El Museo del Barrio with partner organization PS 122. Her films include Carmelita Tropicana Your Kunst Is Your Waffen and Latin Boys Go To Hell. Troyano has worked as a director for network and cable television in the US, Mexico and Spain. Select awards include USA and Rockefeller Fellowships, screenwriting workshop at Sundance with Gabriel Garcia Marquez and funding from the Jerome Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, the Independent Television Service and New York State Council on the Arts.

Leaders Emeritus

Many thanks to the following Leaders Emeritus, outstanding and generous artists who have been part of our team and have worked with us over the years.

Chris Doyle is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York.
In addition to recent exhibitions in New York, Miami and Berlin, his work has been shown at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Queens Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Sculpture Center, and as part of the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. His work includes temporary and permanent projects in the public sphere including “LEAP,” presented by Creative Time; “Commutable,” commissioned by The Public Art Fund; and “50,000 Beds,” a large-scale, collaborative video installation involving 45 artists presented simultaneously by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, ArtSpace in New Haven, CT and Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. His work has been supported by grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, NYSCA and the Creative Capital Foundation. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Boston College and his Master’s in Architecture from Harvard University. He recently completed “The Moons,” a permanent outdoor, three-screen video and landscape installation in Kansas City, MO. Learn more about his work at

Jeffrey Gibson is a painter and sculptor living and working in Brooklyn, New York.
He was born in the United States but moved frequently and lived abroad as a child in Germany and Korea. He is also a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. This unique combination of cultural perspectives and exposure are essential to understanding Gibson’s artworks that combine and transform seemingly disparate references drawn from both Western and non-Western sources. Gibson received his Master of Arts degree from The Royal College of Art, UK in 1998 and moved to New York in 1999. His paintings and sculptures have been shown nationally and internationally at museums, galleries and art fairs. Selected exhibitions include No Reservations at The Aldrich Museum (2006), Off the Map at The National Museum of The American Indian (2007), SONOTUBE at The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2007), Solution at Diverseworks (2009), and Totems at Sala Diaz (2009). His work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, ArtNews, Art Lies and The Brooklyn Rail. Jeffrey currently teaches at The California College of Art in San Francisco and is a Visiting Critic at Cornell University. He exhibited his art works at The Museum of Art and Design, NYC, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Peabody Essex Museum, and have a solo exhibition at Participant Inc., NYC, all in 2012. Learn more about his work at

Barbara Hammer is a visual artist primarily working in film and video honored with major retrospectives at The Tate Modern, London and Jeu de Paume, Paris in 2012.
In 2011, the Museum of Modern Art, New York presented a retrospective of 44 films. Her work reveals and celebrates marginalized peoples whose stories have not been told. Her cinema is multi-leveled and engages an audience viscerally and intellectually with the goal of activating them to make social change. Her trilogy of documentary film essays on lesbian and gay history has received numerous awards: Nitrate Kisses (1992), Tender Fictions (1995), History Lessons, (2000). Recent films, A Horse Is Not A Metaphor (2009), Generations (2010) and Maya Deren’s Sink (2011) were awarded Teddy Awards for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Feminist Press, City University of New York published her book, HAMMER! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life. She is represented by KOW-Berlin. Learn more about her work at

Maureen Huskey is an award-winning theater and hybrid-performance director based in Los Angeles.
Recent credits include guest directing A Splendid Death, her adaptation of Jean Genet’s play Splendid’s, for California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and directing the premiere of Julia Adolphe’s chamber opera, Sylvia at The Lost Studio in Los Angeles. Huskey received her MFA in Theater Directing from CalArts, where she has also taught directing to undergraduate and graduate students. As a Rotary International Fellow, she received a Diploma with Merit in Drama from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. As co-creator and director of the New York-based, site-specific theater group Red Dive from 1996-2006, she brought audiences down Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal via pontoon boat (Peripheral City- a Creative Capital Project), through lower Manhattan and historic landmarks to explore the buried stories of New York landscapes. This experimental work garnered her a Bessie Award for performance installation and new media. Learn more about her work at

Steve Lambert helped develop the IFA workshop and continues to teach in the program.
His practice includes traditional media as well as free and open-source applications, browser extensions, and websites. Lambert’s work has been shown everywhere from museums to protest marches nationally and internationally, featured in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of The Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company, and The Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and been reported on internationally in the Associated Press, the New York Times, Harper’s, Newsweek and others. He has collaborated with groups including the Yes Men, Graffiti Research Lab, and Greenpeace. He is also the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, and the Anti-Advertising Agency. He was a Senior Fellow at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology (2006-2010). Learn more about his work at

Carla Lynne Hall is a singer, songwriter and music marketing specialist based in New York City.
Her mission is to make music and share knowledge with other artists. Hall’s musical compositions address themes of loyalty, temptation, loss and rebirth. She has released three CDs on her label, Moxie Entertainment. Hall has performed nationally and internationally for over 20 years as a singer/songwriter and professional vocalist.