Photo by Mark Peterson

Photo by Mark Peterson

Gibney Dance is excited to announce the hiring of Craig T. Peterson, who steps into his new role today as Director of Programs & Presentation. Craig will be responsible for developing and implementing the curatorial vision for the organization’s black box theater, studio theater, and creative laboratory. Keep your eyes peeled for him around 280 Broadway, and be sure to say hello!

Craig T. Peterson has twenty years of experience as a curator, cultural organizer, fundraiser and producer of contemporary performing arts programming.

From 2000-2004, he was the Co-Artistic Director of Dance Theater Workshop (DTW, now New York Live Arts). With a 3.5 million dollar annual budget, DTW was one of America’s preeminent contemporary performing arts institutions. Peterson began his ten-year tenure at DTW in the Artist Services department in 1994. In 1996 he assumed directorship of DTW’s Community Development Program, conceptualizing, fundraising and developing programs designed to connect artists with communities typically underserved by arts organizations. After joining the Production staff as Senior Producer in 1997, Peterson was responsible for all of DTW’s presenting structures, season activities and artistic programs including the curation, scheduling, budgeting and contracting of artists and oversight of all residency and production related work. In 2000 he was appointed Co-Artistic Director, responsible for developing, implementing and producing DTW programs designed to support, present and advance the work of local, national and international performing artists.

In 2010, Peterson went on to design and direct the Live Arts Brewery (LAB), a program for artistic research and development, as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (now known as FringeArts). With a $250,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, The LAB program supports performing artists in creative processes through integrated, long-term residencies, elective programming and the facilitation of collaborative artistic exchange between audiences and artists of all performance disciplines.

He was also the Director and Producer of the annual Philly Fringe Festival, a three-week city-wide festival featuring the work of more than 200 performing artists and companies with an explicit mission to activate communities around artistic practice and presentation.

In 2013, Peterson founded RED Arts Project, a consulting and project management practice for non-profits and artists. Building on twenty years of cultural work, Peterson approaches strategic planning and program development with a particular focus on creative place making and community building. He is a founding partner of The Hatchery Project, a national, multi-site initiative launched in 2012 with a $450,000 grant form the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Hatchery Project is designed to support artists over three years in creative processes that engage the communities in which they work. He has served on numerous panels for inter/national arts funding institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, The Doris Duke Foundation and The Ford Foundation and he has consulted with arts and social service organizations as a program site assessor and lecturer including the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Dance/USA and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. He has traveled extensively nationally and internationally to identify emerging talent and connect with artist communities and arts organizations worldwide. He recently joined the Board of Trustees for the national service organization, Alliance for Artist Communities.

Peterson is a graduate of Bard College (1993).

Gibney Dance staff development has been generously supported by Booth Ferris Foundation.