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2002-2003 Fellows

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The 2002-2003 Fellows

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Jeffrey Edwards  
Jeff is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet where he collaborates with Artistic Director Septime Webre on the administration and management of the company . He has been a performer and dance educator for more than fifteen years. Jeff trained at the School of American Ballet and danced as a soloist with the New York City Ballet, the Zurich Ballet, and the Lyon Opera Ballet. After retiring from the stage, he attended Brown University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with an honors degree in Modern Culture and Media. Jeff has taught classes at the San Francisco Ballet, the Boston Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and Ballett Frankfurt, and he has been a guest professor and lecturer at Cornell University, the Juilliard School, and Yale University. Jeff has also worked as Director of Education of Twyla Tharp Dance, specializing on a project to make Tharp repertory accessible to universities and conservatories around the world.

Randal Fippinger  
Randal is the Executive Director of the José Limón Dance Foundation in New York City. He joined the fellowship program from Goldman, Sachs & Co. in London where he was a Vice President in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. He managed the Infrastructure, Disaster Recovery, and co-headed administration for the division's European offices. Randal has 10 years professional stage-managing experience working with American Ballet Theatre, off-Broadway, regional and industrial productions. He is a member of A.E.A., A.G.M.A., and I.A.A. and received degrees in Philosophy and in Theater from the University of Rochester.

Monica Hamill  
Monica is currently based in Barcelona, Spain where she works at El Palau De Las Artes Valencia. Monica is also the director of a company dedicated to the promotion and representation of dance artists and musicians. Prior to her fellowship, Monica was a marketing officer at the Royal Opera House in London where she was responsible for promoting the Linbury Studio Theatre, the Clore Studio Upstairs, and special events. Previously, she lived and worked in Spain, programming and promoting dance, as well as representing several major flamenco dance companies. Monica holds a M.A. degree from the University of Glasgow and a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Madrid.

Debra Harrison  
After completing the fellowship program, Debra joined OPERA America as the Director of Finance and Operations. Debra has a long affiliation with OPERA America, and was invited to participate as Long Range Planning Council Member, Fellowship Advisor, and serves as Chair of the Technical/Production Committee. Previously she served as the Director of Program Planning and Budgets at the Washington National Opera in Washington, DC, and worked with the Vancouver Opera in British Columbia for over 20 years, most recently as the Director of Production. A frequent technical consultant for commercial shows and expositions, Debra has consulted for such opera companies as Connecticut Opera and the Modern Baroque Opera. She is also associated with the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology.

Howard Sid Lucas  
Most recently Sid served as the Development Project Manager for the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC. He has over 25 years experience in the performing arts and arts in education fields. He participated in the development of Beyond Chapter Five: A Comprehensive K-12 Curriculum for the Arts in Pennsylvania, and taught teacher certification courses in Health, Physical Education and Dance at Lock Haven University. He served as special event coordinator for Mellon Bank Corporation, The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO), the Eleone Dance Theatre, and was Assistant Director of Purdue University's Black Cultural Center. Sid continues his arts management career serving as a consultant for non-profit organizations, enhancing the areas of development, marketing, public relations, strategic planning, programming, and theatre management. Sid earned his M.F.A. in Artistic Performance/Dance from Temple University, and received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Paul Lucas  
Paul, based in New York City, currently has two off-Broadway projects underway. Since leaving the fellowship Program, he has started Lucas Productions and is producing and presenting theater, and is also consulting with several non-profit theater companies in NYC. Paul has been in the performing arts for over 20 years as an actor, singer, stage manager, general manager, artist's representative, and producer. He has worked in general management on and off-Broadway, served as an international booking agent for major dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Universal Ballet of Korea, and produced critically acclaimed plays, readings and workshops in New York City. He also served as a freelance consultant for the world's largest Internet-based medical news organization, WebMD Corporation. Paul participated in the Commercial Theater Institute's Commercial Theater Producing Program, the William Esper Studio Acting Program, and recently returned from The Edinburgh International Fringe Festival where he was Press and Marketing Director for one of the venues. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Robert Mesko

Robert is the Deputy Director of WESTAF in Denver, CO. Born in Slovakia, and raised in the United States, he began his dance training in New York and continued performing as a dancer in Slovakia with the Gymnik Folk Dance Ensemble, and the Contemporary Dance Group. Prior to joining the fellowship program he worked as an English language lecturer and professor at the Dance Conservatory of Bratislava. He was the publisher of Slovakia's dance magazine, established the Steps Foundation, and founded Bratislava Dance Theater, Slovakia's first professional modern dance company. As a speaker and consultant, Robert has given presentations and workshops for conferences internationally, and has published numerous articles. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Political Science.

Martin Pechanec  
After leaving the Kennedy Center, Martin returned to his position as the Head of Department of Musical Programs of Prague Castle Administration of the Office of the President of the Czech Republic. He is in charge of organization and production activities to provide musical programs and social events in the Prague Castle area. Originally a viola player (Conservatory of Music in Kromeriz), he founded the Czech Swing Harmony Orchestra, was a member of the Moravian Madrigalists, and later a member of the Symphony Orchestra of the Czechoslovakia Army. Martin served as producer for the 51st Prague Spring International Music Festival, and is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with a degree in Music Management.

Alvaro Rodriguez  
After completing the fellowship Program, Alvaro became the Executive Director of the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, DC. He started his own Internet Company— and continues to manage and develop this digital platform for classical singers and organizations, which has as its primary mission—to offer an affordable digital solution to the needs of those artists and arts administrators starting up in the business. Alvaro continues to perform as a vocalist and can often be seen as a tenor soloist in recitals and concerts in the DC area, and as a chorus member with the Washington National Opera.

Karen Sackman  
Karen is the Major Gifts Officer at the Houston Grand Opera in Houston, TX. Previously, she was Director of Development for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, and, before becoming a Fellow, she was the Development Manager for the Makor/Steinhardt Center of the 92 nd Street Y in New York City. She has also worked for New York organizations including International Production Associates, a production and management company for the performing arts, and the Eldridge Street Project, a museum dedicated to restoring the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Karen is a New York native and a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with an M.A. in Performance Studies, and a B.F.A. in Experimental Theater.

Andres Siitan  
After completing his fellowship year at the Kennedy Center, Andres returned to his position as Managing Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, where he was also the principal oboist. Andres was a member of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and participated in the Summer Academy of the International Centre for Culture and Management in Salzburg, and an exchange program with Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in Germany. He is a graduate of the Estonian Academy of Music, and attended the University of Tartu in Estonia.

Norbert Tan  
Norbert is the Managing Director of Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, California, the region's only non-profit professional producing theatre company. He currently serves on the City of Ventura Cultural Plan steering committee and is a member of the Downtown Ventura chapter of Rotary International. Norbert was recently recognized as one of 40 executive leaders under the age of 40 in the tri-county region by the Pacific Coast Business Times' “40-under-40” special edition. Prior to completing the Fellowship Program, Norbert managed International Management Group's Arts & Entertainment Division in Hong Kong. At IMG, he produced and promoted Asia-region tours of major international artists and performing groups. He has also consulted for various non-profit arts organizations in Southern California and served on the Board of Directors for East West Players, the nationally preeminent Asian American theatre company in Los Angeles. Prior to working in the arts, Norbert was a marketing and advertising professional in the Internet, legal, and advertising industries. Norbert earned his M.B.A. in Arts Management from the Anderson School at UCLA, and his B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. Norbert's creative endeavors include being an accomplished jazz drummer and percussionist.

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