June 18, 2019

For Immediate Release:

The Directors of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies are pleased to announce that the new Executive Director of the Institute is Curtis Stedge.

Curtis is an executive-level arts manager/educator/and multi-disciplinary artist. He has over six years of experience and successes in leading not-for-profit dance organizations and over sixteen years in various roles throughout the not-for-profit arts and educational sectors.

In 2017 he founded KineoLab, an innovative not-for-profit center for dance, kinetic exploration, and community that seeks to preserve and advance a rich heritage of American and Global dance, while promoting integrated wellness, addressing conflict, and nurturing and supporting collaborative, inclusive communities. He plans to bring this same spirit of community and entrepreneurial energy to LIMS when he takes up leadership of the organization.

A passionate and compassionate vision-driven entrepreneur, with an inherent need to create and share worlds both seen and unseen, Curtis sees himself as one of many architects collectively attempting to positively affect the trajectory of our shared cultural evolution. To this end he believes that the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and the work it carries out will play a vital role in actualizing this evolution.

Curtis holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a MA in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo. He is a founding board member of TheatreROCS and DanceWNY!, and has sat on various panels for NYSCA and NYFA. He is a 2011 alumnus of Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training, mentored by Tulsa Ballet’s Artistic Director, Mercello Angelini. A Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Studies through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, he is also currently pursuing certification as a BC-DMT in Dance/Movement Therapy, with Kinections in Rochester, New York.

“Curtis is someone with vision and integrity, who is deeply committed to the work of the Institute,” said Jan Whitener, Chair of the Board. “His references were enthusiastic about his ability to lead and to support the work of faculty, students, and staff alike.” He will begin his tenure on July 8, 2019.