Executive Director, Moira Brennan Under Moira’s 12-year leadership, the MAP Fund has dramatically increased the number of proposals reviewed annually and expanded the program’s formidable impact on contemporary American performance. Ms. Brennan transitioned MAP from an in-house program at Rockefeller Foundation to an independent fund incorporating multiple stakeholders, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ms. Brennan also designed and administered the Creative Exploration Fund to encourage continued risk-taking among MAP grantees with a record of success, and, with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, introduced General Operating grants for structural support to organizations and independent artists. She represents the program throughout the country as a speaker on the complex interplay between creativity, art, power, and money in contemporary culture. Moira sits on the board of Movement Research and Apple Village Arts. A former editor at Ms. magazine, Ms. Brennan has written about arts and social justice for a variety of publications, including American Theatre, Ms., and Community Arts Network. She is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Program Manager, Lauren Slone Currently, Lauren leads the administration of the grant program, facilitates the grant selection process, represents MAP at national conferences, teaches writing workshops, and is responsible for artist services. In addition to her administrative and advocacy roles, Lauren is an independent artist, teacher, mentor, consultant, and cultural producer. Prior to MAP, she was an Arts Administration Fellow at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography under the leadership of Jennifer Calienes. She also founded the only pre-professional training and performance program for young artists in north-central West Virginia at Morgantown Dance. She holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, where she was a Ballet Teaching Fellow, and pursued choreographic research in Israel, Spain, and France. She also holds a BA in Religious Studies with a minor in Philosophy from West Virginia University.
Communications Associate, Kim Savarino Kim manages MAP’s communications and networking platforms with a primary focus on promoting MAP grantees throughout the development, premiere, and touring of their projects. She advocates for dance as the Vice Chair of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee and is a City Rocks Mentor with the Brooklyn Boulders Foundation. In addition to her work in arts administration, Kim performs in Third Rail Projects’ Bessie-Award winning immersive theater experience Then She Fell. She has worked with The Foundry / Alex Ketley, Lauren Slone, and Harper Addison and studied under Gerri Houlihan, Jawole Zollar, and Summer Lee Rhatigan. She trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and graduated with a BFA in dance summa cum laude with honors from Florida State University. Kim was born in California and raised in West Virginia.