Bard College Makes Major Appointments

By David Salazar

Bard College has named Miriam Felton-Dansky its director of the undergraduate Theater and Performance Program. Additionally, the company will become senior curator of the newly formed Center for Human Rights and the Arts.

Felton-Dansky is an associate professor of theater and performance at Bard who has also been a core faculty member of the Experimental Humanities concentration since 2012. She is the author “Viral Performance: Contagious Theaters from Modernism to the Digital Age” and her work has appeared in several publications including Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, TDR, Theater, PAJ, ASAP/J, and, among others.

“Miriam Felton-Dansky steps into this key leadership role at a moment when the College’s Theater and Performance Program is poised to enact important curricular changes,” said Dean of the College Deirdre d’Albertis in a press release. “The theater and performance faculty are engaged in collaborative work with students past and present to develop and strengthen opportunities for undergraduate theatermaking based in the program’s affirmed commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

Lester is the artistic director at the Fisher Center at Bard.

“Gideon Lester will join with Tania El Khoury in building the new Center for Human Rights and the Arts and its allied MA program, bringing his artistic vision and experience to this important new leadership position in Bard’s graduate programs,” added d’Albertis.