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Showcase 2019 Selection Committee




The IPAY Showcase Selection Committee comes together for two days in June every year to review over 100 applications of artists from genres as diverse as theater, musical theater, mime/physical comedy, dance, music, puppetry, opera, and more. 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 becoming part of the Showcase Selection Committee? 

The application process for Showcase 2019 Selection Committee has closed.  Applications for Showcase 2020 Selection Committee will open in January 2019. As an example, the Showcase 2019 Selection Committee Application can be found here.

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


Showcase 2019 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


Linda Jackson
Director, Arts-in-Medicine
The MetroHealth System
Cleveland Ohio, United States
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

Ray Gargano
Grants & Cultual Programs Coordinator
Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Council
Sacramento, California, United States
Biography / e-mail


Jim Morrow
Artistic Director
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Windsor, Novs Scotia, Canada

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

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


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

 Indicates a non-voting committee member.

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