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International Presenting Commons (IPC)

The International Presenting Commons (IPC) is a emergent, evolving, volunteer group of United States–based performing arts presenters and creative independent producers who have joined forces to keep international cultural exchange and engagement alive and vibrant now and into the future. IPC does this through advocacy, active learning, resource sharing, and collaboration among performing arts presenters, artists, producers, and funders, who work together to build more sustainable policies and funding models for the exchange of work around the world. The group’s mission is in service of its increasingly diverse communities throughout the country. IPC celebrates its role as part of a global cultural ecosystem and by partnering with artists and presenters from all over the world.

IPC does its work through a commons-based approach and is currently organizing with the support and thought partnership of HowlRound.

Current IPC Steering Committee members include Alicia Adams (vice president of international programming of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Cathy Edwards (executive director of New England Foundation for the Arts), Chris Lorway (executive director of Stanford Live), Claudia Norman (director and founder of Celebrate Mexico Now Festival), Colleen Jennings-Roggensack (executive director of ASU Gammage), David Dower (executive producer, US Operations of Les 7 Doigts/the 7 Fingers), David Howse (executive director of ArtsEmerson), Diane Ragsdale (independent arts consultant), Edgar Miramontes (deputy executive director and curator of REDCAT), Greg Kastelman (president and founder of Unbound Artists), Ichun Yeh (vice president and director of sales of Sozo Media), Kristy Edmunds (executive and artistic director of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance), Lane Czaplinski (director of performing arts of Wexner Center for the Arts), Linda Brumbach (founder and director of Pomegranate Arts), Mara Isaacs (founder and executive/creative producer of Octopus Theatricals), Mark Russell (artistic director and producer of Under the Radar at the Public Theater), Mary Lou Aleskie (director of Hopkins Center for Arts), Meiyin Wang (producing director of Perelman Performing Arts Center), Michael Kondziolka (vice president of programming and production of University of Michigan’s University Musical Society), Miranda Wright (executive director and producer of Los Angeles Performance Practice), Olga Garay-English (principal of OMGArtsplus), Pamela Tatge (executive and artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow), Philip Bither (senior curator of performing arts of Walker Arts Center), Ron Berry (co–artistic director of Fusebox Festival), Roya Amirsoleymani (artistic director and director of public engagement of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), and Susan Feldman (artistic director of St. Ann’s Warehouse).

Left: Three actors in black with two of them sitting on the ground and looking down. The actor in the center looks up and sits on a higher level. Right: Three actors standing side-by-side.
When Arts Presenters and Creative Independent Producers Come Together
Essay

When Arts Presenters and Creative Independent Producers Come Together

3 June 2021

The International Presenting Commons shares a statement on how and why arts presenters and creative independent producers have come together to sustain and evolve a commitment to international cultural exchange and engagement.