Launched in 2012, the BAM PDP is a 9-month program that utilizes the strengths of both institutions to provide professional development training and deeply discounted theater and rehearsal studio rental to an annual selection of qualifying Brooklyn non-profit arts organizations. Through the program, supported by Brooklyn Community Foundation, BAM and the DeVos Institute strive to help arts organizations expand their skill base, increase their institutional capacity, and build necessary foundations for their long-term success. The latest cycle of the program began this month and culminates with each Brooklyn-based company presenting a self-funded production in the BAM Fisher Fishman Space within the year following the training portion.
The second component of the program is the DeVos Institute’s Performers in Transition Arts Management Training Program designed to train professional performing artists who have completed or are nearing the end of their professional career to transition into arts management roles. The program offers professional artists in New York City an opportunity to take part in the arts management training offered by the BAM PDP, coupled with the applied experience of working alongside one of the program’s organizations as it mounts a production. From backgrounds as diverse as the cycle’s companies, the Performers in Transition (and their performance affiliations) are Tsarra Bequette (MOMIX, Project Flux, Ballet Idaho), Tadej Brdnik (Martha Graham Dance Company), Cynthia Dragoni (Dragoni Dance Institute and Company), Elise Drew (José Limón Dance Foundation), Janice Hall (Fort Worth Opera, NYCO, Santa Fe Festival, Washington National Opera), Steve Holloway (CELT Productions, Riverdance, Broadway tours), Curt Olds (Hawaii Opera Theatre, Nashville Opera, Arizonza Opera, Broadway), Damian Smith (San Francisco Ballet), Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba (José Limón Dance Foundation), and Susie Williams (Lisa’s Bright Ideas, Aerial Salon, Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad, Built for Collapse).