Creative Admin Research

NCCAkron’s Creative Admin Research (CAR) aims to challenge the dance ecosystem to think beyond the boundaries of known, traditional models. Artist Teams are comprised of choreographers and select administrative leaders (if the artist has a company or ensemble); a curated Thought Partner; and NCCAkron staff members. Each Artist Team engages in an artist-dedicated Investigative Retreat to reflect on their body of work, examine critical pain points across operations, and imagine multiple ways forward. 


The paired Thought Partner provides additional accountability in between Investigative Retreats. In 2022 and 2023, all active Artist Teams will gather in Akron, OH, for a Summit Convening to exchange experiences and working knowledge accumulated to date. The CAR program adds cohorts of up to 6 Artist Teams every 6 months for an accumulated 18-20 teams by the end of the 3-year grant period.

CAR is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 



Abby Zbikowski (Urbana, IL) | Francine Sheffield, (Richmond, VA)

Banning Bouldin (Nashville, TN) | John Michael Schert (Boise, ID)

Bebe Miller (Columbus, OH) | Antuan Byers (New York, NY)

Brian Brooks (New York, NY) | Huong Hoang (New York, NY)

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (New York, NY) | Mengtong Guan (New York, NY and Beijing, China)

Kate Wallich (Seattle, WA) | Indira Goodwine (Boston, MA)

Marjani Forté-Saunders (Pasadena, CA and New York, NY) | Priya Sircar (Miami, FL)

Raja Feather Kelly (Brooklyn, NY) | Byron Au Yong (San Francisco, CA)

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener (New York, NY) | Tonya Lockyer (Suquamish, WA)

Ronald K. Brown (Brooklyn, NY) | Pamela Green (Durham, NC)

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Listen to an interview our Executive and Artistic Director, Christy Bolingbroke in conversation with Dance Media Editor Margaret Fuhrer on The Dance Edit podcast.


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