Performing Arts: Theater
November 20, 2017
“APAP|NYC 2018 will be the first conference under APAP’s new name, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals,” notes Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of APAP. “While for many years the organization and our flagship event have been growing more inclusive and forward-looking, with the name change, APAP is embracing more than ever our role in the evolution of the performing arts industry and the broad definition of the professionals within it.”

That announcement comes on the heels of the next major industry gathering in NYC as noted in earlier articles. One of the important aspects of the conference are the plenary sessions and talks.

Here's an overview of the topics and speakers:
Opening Plenary Session, January 12
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theatre, will join a panel of speakers at the opening plenary of the conference on Friday, January 12. Under Mr. Eustis’ visionary leadership, the institution serves as a breeding ground for younger, smaller theater companies as well as emerging artists who have lent important voices in exploring the transformative power of the arts.

Closing Plenary Session, January 16
Bassem Youssef, a former heart surgeon turned political satirist and comedian, famously known as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” will share his wisdom and wit. Earlier this year, Mr. Youssef’s book, "Revolution for Dummies: Laughing through the Arab Spring" was released and his story is the subject of a new, captivating documentary called "Tickling Giants."

Featured Speakers and Artists
Kyle Abraham, choreographer, dancer and founder, Abraham.In.Motion
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, hula vocalist
Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali, poet and artistic director, Breath in Poetry Collective
Christina Tsoules Soriano, associate professor and director of the dance program, Wake Forest University and Christina Hugenschmidt, assistant professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine, Wake Forest University
Jason Moran, jazz pianist, composer and educator
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