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2015 Keynote and Plenary Sessions

The information on this page is about the 2015 conference, which took place on January 9-13.
Please use the information below for planning purposes only.
Details about APAP|NYC 2016, January 15-19, will be announced this spring.

A highlight of the APAP|NYC conference, the keynote and plenary sessions bring together all attendees to hear from some of the most inspiring creative thinkers, thought leaders and artists from around the world who have influence on our field and our future.

2015 OPENING KEYNOTE - “In the Beginning: The Creative Act”

Friday, January 9, 5-6:30 p.m.

It’s all about the art: APAP|NYC 2015 begins with a conversation among artists about why we do what we do. Why do artists make art in the 21st century? How do artists perceive today’s audiences? What advice do they have for the presenting field? Esteemed artists from various genres and generations discuss our joint responsibility for ensuring the growth and sustainability of live performance.

Welcome by: Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

Lemon Andersen, spoken word artist
Misty Copeland, soloist, American Ballet Theatre
Jason Moran, jazz pianist, composer and artistic director of jazz, The Kennedy Center
Moderated by: Indira Etwaroo, NPR Presents

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SATURDAY PLENARY SESSION - "The Arts as Levelers of Experience"

Saturday, January 10, noon-1:30 p.m.

Ideas, feelings, beliefs. Artists convey powerful messages to audiences through unique collaborations and partnerships. Experience the inspiration and expertise behind the work of five extraordinary members of our creative community in a series of pecha kucha-style presentations followed by a lively moderated conversation between the presenters and the audience.

What is pecha kucha? Pecha kucha presentations (Japanese for "chit-chat") are designed to re-ignite the stage and spark conversation. In rapid-fire succession, each participant shares 20 slides in just five minutes for presentations that are a work of performance art in their own right.

Mehmet Dede, co-founder, New York Gypsy Festival and instructor, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
Heidi Latsky, dancer/choreographer and founder, Heidi Latsky Dance
David Lutken, musician/actor and creator of Woody Sez
Heather Raffo, actor and playwright
Tanya Tagaq, Inuit throat singer
Moderated by: Marc Bamuthi Joseph, spoken word poet and director of performing arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

NEW! Join us remotely via live stream on Saturday, January 10 at
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Sunday, January 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

From radio to theater, Ira Glass truly knows the art of storytelling and the principles of audience engagement. At APAP|NYC, he shares a glimpse of his ambitious new ventures and the next chapter of his “American Life” in what promises to be a bewitching 90-minute presentation featuring surprise guest performances.

Ira Glass, radio producer and host, This American Life


Tuesday, January 13, 10-11 a.m.

We close the APAP|NYC 2015 conference with reflections on our time together and with the inspired thoughts of a luminary from the performing arts field.

Angélique Kidjo, singer-songwriter

NEW! Join us remotely via live stream on Tues​day, January 13 at
Live stream access is free and open to the public. RSVP now.

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