Current Collaborator Bios

Lauren Bakst (Dramaturg) is an artist whose work takes the forms of choreography, writing, video, and performance. Her recent collaborative projects with Yuri Masnyj have been presented by Danspace Project, Pioneer Works, and The Drawing Center. Lauren’s performances have also been seen at Manifesta, Pieter, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Counterpath Press, Abrons Arts Center, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among others. Lauren was a 2014-16 Open Sessions artist at The Drawing Center, a 2015 artist-in-residence at Pieter, a 2014 danceWEB scholarship recipient at ImpulsTanz, and the Fall 2014 Research & Development Fellow at the New Museum. She is the Managing Editor of the Movement Research Performance Journal and a Contributing Editor to BOMB Magazine. She has most recently performed in the works of Gerard & Kelly at the Guggenheim and at the New Museum. She teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she also curates the lecture series “Knowing Dance More,” and was a 2016 Visiting Artist at the Cooper Union.

Nelson Downend (Lighting Designer) is a New York City based designer, composer and writer. His career in lighting spans the fields of dance, theatre, architecture and art installation, both in the US and abroad. Nelson has worked as lighting designer for Aynsley Vandenbroucke since 2000. He received his BFA in Lighting Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Sarah A.O. Rosner (General Manager) is a choreographer and arts businessman based in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College, Rosner founded freelance arts business collective A.O. PRO(+ductions) in 2008, and has since been dedicated to providing New York’s creators with innovative and sustainable consulting, media, management, production, and design. Rosner worked at Dance Theater Workshop (and later New York Live Arts) for four years as the manager of the organization’s artist services and engagement programs before leaving to pursue her freelance work through PRO full time in 2012. She has become one of the field’s leading Kickstarter consultants, and specializes in consulting on sustainable and/or non-traditional fundraising initiatives. Rosner has been featured as a panelist, speaker, and educator by Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, the Field, Dance NYC, CLASSCLASSCLASS, Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, Purchase College, and New York Live Arts. When not immersed in arts admin, she runs the A.O. Movement Collective and AORTA films. She loves to yell about art.