Many of you have already read the story
of my first meeting with Olga Garay-English in 2002 in Portland, Oregon. A TCG-sponsored gathering called New Works, New Ways
. From that very first poke in the ribs, Olga has been a critical conceptual collaborator in my own work and in the formulation of the identity of HowlRound. We start from her pre-performing-arts days, move to her work with Miami Dade College
, the ideas underpinning her time as the first program officer of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and then the ideas defining her contributions as the Executive Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles. Talk about making an impact! This call is equal parts personal, practical, and philosophical. As ever, with Olga, it is also entirely personable. This woman personifies the axiom "angels fly because they take themselves lightly". Olga flies. Where will she land now that she's done her turn at the LA DCA?