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Showcase 2019 Selection Committee




The IPAY Showcase Selection Committee comes together for three days in June every year in Philadelphia, PA to review over 100 applications of artistic companies and individuals creating performance for young people of all age ranges and genres. The selection committee is comprised of experts in the field of performing arts for youth, including accomplished artists and artistic or programming directors, arts education directors, and children's festival directors. Selection Committee members typically serve two three-year terms, and typically 10-15 members serve each year.


Interested in joining the Showcase Selection Committee? We invite you to apply next year in March 2020 by submitting the application form.

See the previous APPLICATION FORM to learn more about the requirements of the Selection Committee Members.

Showcase 2019 Selection Committee with IPAY Staff at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Showcase 2020 Selection Committee

Rebecca M. Podsednik, Chair

Assistant Director, Programming
Lincoln Center Education
New York, New York, United States

Biography / e-mail


James Packard, Co-Chair
Theater Manager
Long Island Children's Museum
Garden City New York, United States
Biography / e-mail

Wendy Bable
Freelance Director & Creative Consultant
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Biography / e-mail


Josee Hussaarts
Artistic Director
Theatergroep Kwatta
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Biography / e-mail

Liesbeth Coltof
Artistic Director
De Toneelmakerij
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Biography / e-mail


Patrick McDonald
Artistic Director
Green Thumb Theatre
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Biography / e-mail

Forrina Chen
The A.S.K (Art Space for Kids)
Shanghai, China
Biography / e-mail


Kelsey Ford
Programming Manager
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Biography / e-mail

Lauren Hood
Artistic Programming Manager
The New Victory Theater
New York, New York, United States
Biography / e-mail


Hakan Silahsizoglu*
Festival Director
Atta Festival (Istanbul)
London, England, United Kingdom
Biography / e-mail

Olivia Jacobs
Tall Stories Theatre Company
London, England, United Kingdom
Biography / e-mail


Robbi Hall Kumalo*
Artistic Director
BaliDali Productions Inc.
New York, New York, United States
Biography / e-mail

Caroline Leipf
Artistic & Education Manager
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Biography / e-mail 


Niclas Malmcrona
Stockholm, Sweden
Biography / e-mail

Craig Harrison
South Australian Circus Centre & Cirkidz Inc.

Mile End, Australia
Biography / e-mail


Marissa Molinar
Freelance Marketing, Outreach & Development Consultant
Cultural Capital Arts
Somerville, Massachusetts, Unites States
Biography / e-mail

Jeremy "Boomer" Stacey*
Executive Director
International Performing Arts for Youth (Philadelphia)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Biography / e-mail


*2020 Non-Voting Member

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