NEW YORK CITY |  Rosanne Cash, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Reggie Watts, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Liz Lerman and Ruby Lerner will speak at the annual gathering of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York.  Dubbed “APAP|NYC 2013,” the conference takes place Jan. 11-15 in New York City.

This year’s conference theme is “Imagine.” These speakers will address this theme, as will general sessions and special interest sessions focused on presenting international artists, leadership development, technology plus other issues and opportunities of interest to the presenting field.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist for the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit In the Heights, will set the stage for the five-day event as the opening plenary speaker on Friday, Jan. 11.

On Saturday, Jan. 12, the popular pecha kucha, a rapid-fire visual and interactive format, will take place with moderator Jean Cook and presenters Young Jean Lee, Adam Horowitz, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Stephanie Pereira and Souad Massi.

Reggie Watts and Jeff Leitner will lead IMAGINE This!, an interactive plenary on Sunday, Jan. 13, and singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will take the stage on Tuesday, Jan. 15, as the closing plenary speaker.

In case you did not know: Rosanne Cash is a Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter. Reggie Watts is a vocalist, beatboxer, musician, comedian and improvisor. Young Jean Lee is an Obie Award-winning playwright. Souad Massi is an Algerian singer, songwriter and guitarist. Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a composer, performer, violinist, band leader. Ruby Lerner is Founding President and Executive Director of Creative Capital. Liz Lerman is a choreographer and educator. 

According to a prepared statement, in addition to a track of sessions devoted to presenting international artists, a series of sessions will focus on arts-based initiatives that address climate change and sustainability. The annual convening also includes a consultation program for attendees to meet experts to discuss fundraising and capitalization, taxation, visa policies and procedures, and grants for artists and presenters.

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters, based in Washington, D.C., is the national service and advocacy organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it.

Roseanne Cash | Photo by Deborah Feingold
Roseanne Cash | Photo by Deborah Feingold
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