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Tauras Cižas
Tauras serves as an artistic assistant to the famous Lithuanian director, Eimuntas Nekroðius at his theater studio "Meno Fortas." He was also a producer and tour manager for Nekroðius. Tauras studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music where he now lectures on theater management. Prior to the fellowship, he was director of the Lithuanian International Theatre Festival LIFE, the first international theater event in all the Baltic States. Originally an actor, Tauras has played more than 40 roles in Lithuanian theaters and more than 20 roles in Lithuanian, Russian, and American film and television productions.

Kathryn Colegrove
After completing the fellowship program Kathryn returned to her position as managing director for Dad's Garage Theatre, a small professional theater in Atlanta, Georgia. She also serves on the board of directors for "Seen+Heard: The Atlanta Women's Art Festival." Kathryn received a B.F.A. in Production/Management from Auburn University, during which time, she participated in an internship at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Following college, Kathryn took a position as an assistant stage manager, and later was company manager with Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, New York. Moving to Atlanta in 1996, Kathryn had the opportunity to work as a Production Coordinator for film and commercials for products such as Lexus, West Virginia Lottery, and UNICEF.

Rachel Fine
Rachel is now based in the Bay Area, and serves as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra's Director of Development. She came to the Fellowship Program after working as associate administrative director of The Juilliard School's Department of Vocal Arts and Juilliard Opera Center, and program administrator for the Aspen Music Festival's Opera Theater Center. In addition, she worked for the Santa Fe Opera and Chanticleer in San Francisco. Rachel studied piano seriously for more than 20 years, majoring in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music with the goal of becoming a professional pianist. Serious tendonitis forced her to leave Eastman and transfer to the University of California, Irvine from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in music with a focus on musicology and theory. She also attended graduate school in Musicology at Yale University.

Kadija George
Kadija is the publisher of SABLE LitMag, an international literary publication, and the founder of Sable LitFest. She is a literary consultant, project manager, and editor, with a background in community relations, and press for the arts. She has diverse experience in creative writing tutoring, event coordination, and journalism. Kadija has written for major publications and magazines globally and has edited several critically acclaimed anthologies . She combined her two loves—writing and traveling—by creating the Writers HotSpot in which groups of writers of color visit diasporic communities to address their cultural heritage in aspects of their work. Kadija is General Secretary of the African Writers Abroad Centre (PEN), a fellow of the George Bell Institute, a board member for The Arvon Foundation and is a graduate of Birmingham University with a major in West African Studies.

Daniel Hagerty
Currently Dan serves as Manager of National Advancement at the Kennedy Center. Before returning to Washington, DC, he was the Executive Director of The Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to joining the fellowship program, Dan was producer of "Around Town," Washington, DC's weekly television review of local performing, visual, and film arts. He was also WETA's associate producer for national cultural programs including concerts from the Kennedy Center and the White House. In the past, Dan worked with the Public Broadcasting Service, and has experience in development as well as production. He is a graduate of Boston University, College of Communication and studied French language and culture in Paris, France.

Ramien Pierre
Ramien is now the Administrator for the Education Department at the Kennedy Center. Previously, he was executive director of the Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) where he oversaw its dance school, outreach programs, capital campaign, new facility construction project, and the launch of Washington Reflections Dance Company—DIW's professional modern dance company. Prior to becoming a Fellow, Ramien served as a consultant for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, as part of his work with Projects in Active Cultural Engagement (PACE). PACE researches the intersection between the cultural arts/cultural arts education and civic and intellectual development.

Fiona Richards
Fiona is Head of Marketing at The Old Vic Theatre Company in London, a new producing company launched in 2004, with Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director. She started her working life in book publishing, including four years with Faber and Faber, before moving to the National Theatre in London as Design & Print Manager. After completing the Fellowship Program, she returned to the National as Public Affairs Planning Manager to co-ordinate branding, marketing and communications strategies to support the vision of an incoming Artistic Director.

Jeanne Ryan
Jeanne is currently the Assistant Manager for Annual Giving at the Kennedy Center. Prior to her fellowship year, Jeanne served as assistant to the president at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. She had previously assisted the senior producers at the Lincoln Center Festival. As a vocalist, Jeanne starred in regional musical theater productions, sang lead with a professional party band, and recorded her own original solo and choral compositions before transitioning to full-time arts management. Jeanne studied in Chile, received a federal Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in the Humanities to attend graduate school, and subsequently received a Master of Arts Degree in Musicology/Ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan.

Bruce Sansom
After completing the fellowship program, Bruce returned to the UK on a 1-year contract as Rambert Dance Company's Head of Development and since worked as an independent arts advisor. Bruce joined The Royal Ballet Company in 1982 and retired in 2000 having spent 13 years as a principal dancer, dancing all of the leading male roles and performing as a guest artist with other international companies. While performing he participated in a variety of administrative and management projects including the Artists' Development Initiative at the Royal Opera House. After leaving The Royal Ballet he spent a year's transitional training with the San Francisco Ballet as a staff associate where he worked with both the administrative and artistic departments before attending the Fellowship Program's inaugural year.

Miriam Teitel
Miriam is the Manager of Operations at Strathmore Hall. Before returning to the Washington, DC area, she was the Managing Coordinator for Yale Opera, where she coordinated their productions as well the administrative needs of the academic program. She came to the fellowship program from Glimmerglass Opera, where she served as Music Administrator and worked with their Young American Artist Program. Previous positions include multiple seasons coordinating the summer programs at Strathmore Arts Center, many shows with Montgomery College's Summer Dinner Theatre, both as a bassoonist and as an assistant to the music director, and being the Instrumental Music Fellow at Amherst College, where she managed the orchestra and taught sections. Growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, she studied with Truman Harris of the National Symphony Orchestra. She holds a dual degree in Music History/Analysis and Comparative Religion from Amherst College.

Pan Yong
Pan is now working at the National Grand Theater of China. Prior to the fellowship he was a program officer for the Bureau of External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, the highest administration in China responsible for cultural exchanges between China and some European countries. He has worked with festivals in London, organized major exhibitions of cultural relics in Denmark and Finland, and worked with the National Company of Beijing Opera. Pan was enrolled in the Nanjing Foreign Languages School, and continued his study of foreign languages and culture at the Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages.

Boris Zabolotskiy
Most recently, Boris served as the Director of Development and Marketing at Synetic Theater in Washington, DC. Previously, he was the Director of Development at the Stanislavsky Theatre Studio also in Washington. Before joining the fellowship program, he spent eight years working with amateur and professional performing groups in the Omsk performing arts community, and was the Arts Coordinator Manager for the Konversia Charity Foundation. Boris also served as artistic manager of the ethnic folk dance company, "The Dream." He performs English translation for business and art, and is interested in drums and percussion.

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