August 15, 2016
The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurie Uprichard to the position of Senior Curator of Performing Arts. Beginning September 6, Uprichard will take up her post at the CAC in continuance of her internationally distinguished career as a multidisciplinary performance curator. She is a prominent advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and possesses a remarkable record of expanding the dialogue between diverse audiences and contemporary performance practices.
“As we begin our 40th Anniversary Season, following an extremely competitive search, I am thrilled to welcome a colleague with Uprichard’s international breadth of knowledge and expertise to the CAC family. Her arrival is timely and we eagerly look forward to her forthcoming work that, I am sure, will augment the exceptional and dynamic programming which our audience has come to expect.”
—Neil A. Barclay, CAC Director and CEO
Uprichard’s extensive career includes her service as the Director of the Dublin Dance Festival, where she incorporated theatre artists and music ensembles in collaborative partnerships with the festival’s extensive roster of international dance artists. Prior to Dublin, Uprichard served as Executive Director of New York’s Danspace Project for more than 15 years. Since 2014, Uprichard has served as the Executive Director of the Stephen Petronio Company, a New York-based contemporary dance company that recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Since January 2015, she has curated the Travelogues series at Abrons Arts Center, bringing U.S. and international artists to the Obie Award-winning performing and visual arts program of the Henry Street Settlement to audience and critical acclaim.
Uprichard has also served as Associate Producer for Quaternaire, an international producing and booking agency, widely known for its contemporary productions of operas, concerts, dance, theatre, performances, and visual arts. Additionally, she has served as the Producing Director for Urban Bush Women; the Managing Director and Co-Producer, Director of Planning and Development, and Director of Finance for Dance Theater Workshop during its creation of the National Performance Network and the Suitcase Fund; and as Tour Manager for Meredith Monk/The House.
“I look forward to taking on this challenging role within the CAC, one of the most outstanding cultural organizations in the U.S., and can’t wait to start working with the team to bring the best performances to New Orleans audiences from around the corner and around the world.”
CAC Senior Performing Arts Curator