Partners & Advisors

Partners & Advisors

U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

This Bureau of the State Department promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international education and exchange programs. Through its Cultural Programs Division, the Bureau supports a variety of cultural exchange programs that support U.S. foreign policy, foster America's artistic excellence, and demonstrate America's respect and appreciation for other cultures and traditions. 


new england foundation for the arts

New England Foundation for the Arts invests in the arts to enrich communities in New England and beyond. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. Based in Boston, NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. NEFA is the U.S. Department of State’s primary partner for Center Stage.


lisa booth management, inc.

Lisa Booth Management, Inc. (LBMI) realizes contemporary performing arts projects for the widest possible public. A producer, curator, and manager, LBMI’s projects have taken place in more than 400 cities in 55 countries on six continents since 1983. As general manager for Center Stage, LBMI is responsible for tour scheduling, residency planning, promotion, artist care, travel, tax, and visa arrangements, production/backline coordination, tour staffing, and 24/7 oversight.



NEFA and LBMI work closely with an Artist Advisory Committee to recommend artist ensembles from each country. Each committee member is knowledgeable about artists and art forms from multiple countries, and has a strong history of cultural exchange and international programming.

Alicia Adams, Vice President for International Programming
The Kennedy Center - Washington, DC

Bill Bragin, Executive Artistic Director
Abu Dhabi Arts Center at New York University - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Co-Director, GlobalFest - New York, NY

Robert Browning, Former Executive & Artistic Director
World Music Institute - New York, NY

Rachel Cooper, Director, Global Performing Arts & Special Cultural Initiatives
Asia Society - New York, NY

Asad Jafri, Curator of Programs
Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art - Honolulu, HI 

nomination reviewers


Anan Ameri
Arab American National Museum – Dearborn, MI

Haniya Aslam
Center Stage alumn, Zeb & Haniya – Pakistan and Canada

Neal Copperman
Globalquerque – Albuquerque, NM

Esty Dinur
University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI

Maura Donohue
Artist – New York, NY

Brahim El Mazned
Artistic Director & Festival Producer – Morocco

Alina Enggist
Trust for Mutual Understanding – New York, NY

David Fraher
Arts Midwest – Minneapolis, MN

Laura Faure
Bates Dance Festival – Lewiston, ME

Kathryn S. Grabowski
Arab American National Museum – Dearborn, MI

Bau Graves
Old Town School of Folk Music – Chicago, IL

Chad Herzog
International Festival of Arts & Ideas – New Haven, CT

Andy Horowitz
Skirball Cultural Center – Los Angeles, CA

Rakae Jamil
Artist/Ethnomusicologist – Chicago, IL

Miles Jay
The Nile Project – California

Barbara Lanciers
Trust for Mutual Understanding – New York, NY

Alison Loerke  
Alia Productions – Seattle, WA

Alfred Madain
The Markaz – San Francisco, CA

Danny Mekonnen
Debo Band – Boston, MA

Tristra Newyear
Rock Paper Scissors – Bloomington, IN

Rob Orchard
ArtsEmerson – Boston, MA

Alexis Ortiz
Artist Manager – New York, NY

Adam Perry
Arts Midwest – Minneapolis, MN

Ginny Pickett
651 Arts – New York, NY

Zeyba Rahman
Former Independent Producer/Curator & Current Senior Program Officer for the Building Bridges Program at DDFIA

Tamara Turner
Ethnomusicologist – United Kingdom

Dmitri Vietze
Rock Paper Scissors – Bloomington, IN

Marya Wethers
Producing Consultant, International Projects –  New York, NY
Managing Director & Producer, Company Nora Chipaumire

Cathy Zimmerman
MAPP International Productions – New York, NY

U.S. Embassies in Algeria, Egypt, Haiti, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, Tanzania., Ukraine, Vietnam

Past presenters

*Presented more than one Center Stage ensemble

Academy of Music – Northampton, MA

Akron International Friendship – Akron, OH

Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation – Birmingham, AL

American Dance Festival – Durham, NC

AMP Concerts – Albuquerque, NM*

Ann Arbor Summer Festival – Ann Arbor, MI

Arts Brookfield – New York, NY

Asia Society – New York, NY*

Asia Society Texas Center – Houston, TX

The Back Room – Berkeley, CA

Baryshnikov Arts Center – New York, NY

Bay Chamber Concerts – Rockport, ME

Boothbay Opera House – Boothbay Harbor, ME

Bossa Bistro/Multiflora Productions – Washington, DC*

Brooklyn Academy of Music – Brooklyn, NY

Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center – Memphis, TN

Bucknell University, Weis Center for the Performing Arts – Lewisburg, PA*

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA

The Capitol Theatre – Yakima, WA

Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN

Celebrity Series Boston/World Music CRASHarts – Boston & Cambridge, MA

Central College – Pella, IA

City Center, Fall for Dance – New York, NY

Coker College – Hartsville, SC

College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University – St. Joseph, MN

Colorado Mountain College – Breckenridge, CO

Connecticut College, On Stage – New London, CT*

Dance Place – Washington, DC*

Dancing in the Streets & Casita Maria Center for the Arts and Education – The Bronx, NY

Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center for the Arts – Hanover, NH

Denmark Arts Center – Denmark, ME

Duke University, Duke Performances – Durham, NC

Earshot Jazz Festival – Seattle, WA

Everett: Company, Stage, and School – Providence, RI

FirstWorks – Providence, RI*

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts – Burlington, VT*

Friar’s Club – New York, NY

¡Globalquerque! – Albuquerque, NM*

The Grammy Museum – Los Angeles, CA

Great Plains Regional Puppet Festival – West Liberty, IA

Grinnell College – Grinnell, IA

Hambridge Creative Hive/Colony Square – Atlanta, GA

Helena Presents/Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts – Helena, MT

Hibernian Hall – Roxbury, MA

Howard University – Washington, DC

Huntington Arts Council – Huntington, NY*

Indiana University – Bloomington, IN

Indo-American Association of Houston – Houston, TX

Inner-City Muslim Action Network – Chicago, IL

International Festival of Arts & Ideas – New Haven, CT

Irving Arts Center – Irving, TX

Johnson County Community College – Overland Park, KS

Joshua Tree Music Festival – Joshua Tree, CA*

Juniata College, Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts – Huntingdon, PA

Kelly-Strayhorn Theater – Pittsburgh, PA

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Washington, DC*

Lafayette College, Williams Center for the Arts – Easton, PA

La MaMa ETC – New York, NY

(Le) Poisson Rouge/Ariz, Inc. – New York, NY*

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – New York City, NY*

Madison World Music Festival – Madison, WI*

The Markaz/Pico Union Project – Los Angeles, CA

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts –N orth Adams, MA

Monkeyhouse Dance – Somerville, MA

Old Town School of Folk Music – Chicago, IL*

Outside the Box Festival – Boston, MA

Pinkerton Academy, Stockbridge Theatre – Derry, NH

Portland Performing Arts Festival/One Longfellow Square – Portland, ME

Portland Ovations – Portland, ME*

REDCAT – Los Angeles, CA

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – West Palm Beach, FL

Reggae on the River Festival – Garberville, CA

Richmond Folk Festival – Richmond, VA

River to River Festival (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) – New York, NY

Rockingham Arts and Museum Project – Bellows Falls, VT

Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY

Roots Cultural Center – Providence, RI

Samford University, Leslie Stephen Wright Fine Arts Center – Birmingham, AL

Sandywoods Center for the Arts – Tiverton, RI

Savannah Music Festival – Savannah, GA*

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – Scottsdale, AZ

Sheldon Theatre – Red Wing, MN

The Shrine – New York, NY

Silvermine Arts Center – New Canaan, CT

Small Town Concert Series – Chester, CT

Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Miami, FL*

Tropicalia/Multiflora Productions – Washington, DC

University Musical Society – Ann Arbor, MI

University of Akron – Akron, OH

University of California, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts – Davis, CA

University of California, Santa Barbara Arts and Lectures – Santa Barbara, CA

University of Connecticut, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts – Storrs, CT

University of Dayton – Dayton, OH

University of Denver, Lamont School of Music – Denver, CO

University of Florida Performing Arts – Gainesville, FL*

University of Houston/Rajput Media – Houston, TX

University of Iowa, Hancher Auditorium – Iowa City, IA*

University of Nebraska, Lied Center for the Performing Arts – Lincoln, NE

University of New Hampshire – Durham, NH

University of North Carolina, Carolina Performing Arts – Chapel Hill, NC*

University of North Carolina – Wilmington, NC

University of San Diego, ArtPower! – San Diego, CA*

University of St. Joseph – West Hartford, CT

Upright Citizens Brigade – New York, NY

Virginia Tech Center for the Arts – Blacksburg, VA*

Washington University, Edison Theater – St. Louis, MO

Wellesley College – Wellesley, MA

Wesleyan University, Center for the Arts – Middletown, CT

WobeonFest – Austin, TX

World Music Festival Chicago – Chicago, IL

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco, CA