laurie uprichardDirector of Planning, Petronio Residency Initiative

Laurie Uprichard was recently named Director of Planning for the Petronio Residency Initiative. She also continues to serve as Associate Producer at Quaternaire, an international production and tour management agency based in Paris, France, and as a freelance consultant and producer, currently as guest curator for La MaMa and Production Consultant for Tere O’Connor Dance. Past clients have included the Bessies, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Douglas Dunn, Focus Dance, and Wesleyan’s ICPP. Laurie Uprichard served as Director of the Dublin Dance Festival from 2007-2011, overseeing its transition to an annual festival and expanding its international visibility, audience outreach, and support of the local dance community. From 1992-2007, Laurie was Executive Director of Danspace Project in New York City, a period of significant programmatic and budget growth for this dance presenter based in the historic landmark St. Mark’s Church. She served as Managing Director of Urban Bush Women from 1991-92 and as the company’s Producing Director until January 1996. From 1984-1991, she was associated with Dance Theater Workshop, serving the last three years as Managing Director and Co-Producer. She was a staff member in various programs at the New York State Council on the Arts between 1973 and 1981. In addition, she toured briefly as Company Manager with Meredith Monk/The House. A former dancer, she performed with Kei Takei’s Moving Earth for five years, as well as with Irene Feigenheimer, Barbara Roan, and Wendy Woodson.

Laurie Uprichard is a member of the Board of Directors of Danspace Project; has twice served on the Board of Dance/USA, chairing its Presenters Council from 2002-2004; and has served as a board member of Movement Research. She is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in the French Ministry of Culture and received a 2008 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for her service to the field. She holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing from The American University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami.