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Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. holds a joint position at The Design School and the School of Construction (Institute Professor and Associate Professor). She is a member of the Saddle Lake First Nation and has spent nearly 20 years working with Indigenous communities in North America. Dalla Costa teaches an interdisciplinary service learning studio at ASU, where students engage directly with local tribal communities. Her interests include community-driven design, Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous placemaking/placekeeping and the vernacular intelligence of regional architectures. She recently exhibited at 2018 Venice Biennale as part of a group of 18 Indigenous architects (Unceded / Team Canada). She holds a Master of Design Research (City Design) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Calgary. Her company, Redquill Architecture www.RQarc.com is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Maria Rosario Jacksons expertise is in comprehensive community revitalization, systems change, arts and culture in communities and dynamics of race and ethnicity. Shes worked widely with philanthropy and governments advising on strategy, program design, research, learning and evaluation. Shes an Institute Professor and is affiliated with the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Prior, she was with Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. for 18 years.
Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur Genius Grant, a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance, and a Deutsch Fellow. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in bothresearch and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company's unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011.
She was an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2011, and her most recent work, "Healing Wars," toured across the US in 2014-15. Lerman conducts residencies on Critical Response Process, creative research, the intersection of art and science, and the building of narrative within dance performance at such institutions as Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the National Theatre Studio, among others. Her collection of essays, "Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer," was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press and released in paperback in 2014. In 2016, Lerman was named the first Institute Professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, where she is building a new ensemble lab focused on creative research.
Michael Rohd is the founding artistic director of 17-year-old ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre. He is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, where current projects include The Catalyst Initiative, a national program supported by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Local Landscapes, through which he is currently collaborating with Arts Councils at the State and Local level around the US. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. Recent/Current projects include leading a two-year Sojourn Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites around the US; a Sojourn partnership with Planning Commissions around the country utilizing civic practice in public engagement settings to help communities deal with difficult conversations and resource allotment; and, collaborating with theaters and universities around the country to mount locally specific projects.
Institute Professor Daniel Bernard Roumain's (DBR) work as a composer and a performer has been commissioned by artists and institutions worldwide. His outreach and residencies have garnered long-term relationships with countless universities, orchestras, and performing arts centers including the Berklee School of Music (Boston), The Academy a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute, and Vanderbilt University (Nashville). He served as Music Director for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; Assistant Composer-in-Residence with the Orchestra of St. Lukes; Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt Universitys Blair School of Music; Artist-in-Residence with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; and is currently the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence (University of Houston). Roumain is currently working on We Shall Not Be Moved, a new chamber opera commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, directed by Bill T. Jones; Meditations for Raising Boys, a new oratorio commissioned by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; and BOUNCE: A Basketball Opera in 4 Quarters, directed by Grethe Holby.