About – Danspace Project


Danspace Project presents new work in dance, supports a diverse range of choreographers in developing their work, encourages experimentation, and connects artists to audiences.

Now in its fourth decade, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace shares its facility with the Church, The Poetry Project, and New York Theatre Ballet. Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative has commissioned over 500 new works since its inception in 1994.

Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church. Photo: Anya Hitzenberger.

Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church. Photo: Anya Hitzenberger.

Danspace Project’s Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW²) provides context for audiences and increased support for artists. Our public programs (including Danspace Presents, Platforms, Food for Thought, DraftWork), Commissioning Initiative, residencies, guest artist curators, and contextualizing activities and materials are core components of CW² offering a responsive framework for artists’ works. Since 2010, we have produced eleven Platforms, published eleven print catalogues and five e-books, launched the Conversations Without Walls discussion series, and explored models for public discourse and residencies.


  • Executive Director and Chief Curator

    Judy Hussie-Taylor

  • Program Director

    Lydia Bell
    (212) 674-8112

  • Director of Finance & Operations

    Jodi Bender
    (212) 674-8132

  • Director of Development

    Peggy H. Cheng
    (212) 674-3838

  • Communications Manager

    Lily Cohen
    (212) 674-5856

  • Development & Communications Associate

    Michael DiPietro
    (212) 674-3530

  • Development Associate

    Kirsten Schnittker
    (212) 674-3554

  • Lighting Designers

    Kathy Kaufmann
    Carol Mullins

  • Technical Director

    Leo Janks

  • Electricians

    Claire Bacon
    Chris Brown
    Sarah Huyck
    Bill Schaffner

  • House Managers

    Racy Brand
    Jordan Morley

  • Box Office Managers

    Emma Rose Brown
    Liz Charky
    Ana Fiore

  • DraftWork Curator

    Ishmael Houston-Jones

  • Intern

    Heather van der Grinten

Board of Directors

  • President

    David Fanger

  • First Vice President

    Helen Warwick

  • Second Vice President

    Frances Milberg

  • Treasurer

    Sam Miller

  • Secretary

    David Parker

  • Mary Barone
    Trisha Brown, In Memoriam, 2006-2017
    Douglas Dunn, Emeritus
    Hilary Easton
    Ishmael Houston-Jones, Emeritus
    Judy Hussie-Taylor
    Nicole LaRusso
    Ralph Lemon, Emeritus
    Bebe Miller, Emeritus
    Sarah Needham
    Eiko Otake
    Sarah Skaggs
    Linda Stein
    Nina Winthrop

Artists Advisory Board

Chair: Ain Gordon
Jonah Bokaer
Wally Cardona
David Dorfman
Jeanine Durning
Miguel Gutierrez
Trajal Harrell
Iréne Hultman
John Jasperse
Heidi Latsky
Tere O'Connor
Risa Steinberg
Donna Uchizono
Christopher Williams
Nami Yamamoto