Preeti Vasudevan: Artistic Director
Over the course of 20 years, Preeti has built upon her lifetime of expertise in dance, choreography and education through Thresh, her award-winning and internationally-touring NYC performing arts collaborative. Thresh’s experimental productions and educational projects foster provocative dialogue with contemporary identity and our relationship with heritage cultures. To further extend this mission, Preeti created RCP during the COVID pandemic to inspire those same questions for a younger age group.
Her most recent accolades include: 2021 residency commission, Works & Process at The Guggenheim, NY; 2020 Artistic Committee, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; 2019 Dance Lab New York/Joyce Theater Foundation Creation Grant; 2019 Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance; 2018 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists; DanceMotion USA Follow-On Program with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); 2018 Jerome Robbins Dance Division’s Dance Research Fellowship, NY; 2018-19 LabWorks Residency, New Victory Theater, NY. Preeti has been a key speaker for many events including the main presenter at TedX Barnard (Columbia University, NY 2013).
Cultural Diplomacy is key to Preeti’s work in arts education. As an artist alumna of the US Department of State, she leads ground-breaking educational initiatives encouraging self-expression and artistic risk through cross-cultural creative exchange among artists and the community. She is also one of the main artists leading educational initiatives in underserved areas of the world through Silkroad, legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s ensemble.
Preeti holds an MA in Dance Studies from Laban Centre London, and she is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, NY.
Preeti’s years of teaching children alongside her more “grown-up” work take inspiration from her own young daughter, seeing the world and its future through her eyes. For Preeti, RCP stories are a source of eternal curiosity and wonder that children remind you to never lose as you grow older.
Lisa Willis: Director of Development
Lisa Willis is a passionate artistic administrator who has managed and supported the development of a variety of multidisciplinary projects in the classical and commercial performing arts sectors. She has freelanced extensively as a development consultant, providing long-term support to small nonprofit performing arts groups in the areas of grant writing, individual donor cultivation, and special events. Ongoing service in this area includes work with the new music ensemble Contemporaneous as well as the physically integrated dance company Heidi Latsky Dance. She is Co-Founder
of The LynList, a subscription-based, curated list of grant, fellowship, and residency opportunities for artists in the NYC area. Past fundraising experience includes work with New York Live Arts, home of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, and JazzReach. Prior to her shift into fundraising Lisa was the founding Operations Manager for CAMI Music, establishing and managing the daily protocols for the company in addition to overseeing the touring and managerial logistics for Lang Lang, Tan Dun, Savion Glover, American Ballet Theatre, Cirque Eloize and the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández. Lisa holds a B.A. in Music Composition and Theory from New York University and has a background in both ballet and modern dance.
Alexandra Seneca: Manager of Marketing & Communications
Alexandra Seneca is an art marketing professional from New York City. She holds a BA in Art History from New York University and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. Alexandra specializes in communications and marketing efforts with a focus on social media engagement. She enjoys promoting local arts organizations and bringing greater visibility to their missions. Prior to joining Thresh, Alexandra worked at various visual art institutions around New York. She currently serves as a Social Media Coordinator at Art Frankly.
Lyndsay Lewis: Development Associate
Lyndsay Lewis is a Brooklyn-based maker, mover, and arts administrator with a dual degree in dance and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an independent artist, her work has been commended as “satisfyingly visceral” and presented across the Midwest, as well as on both the East and West coasts. Lyndsay currently works as the development associate for NY-based Heidi Latsky Dance and Danielle Russo Performance Project, and is the Co-Founder of The LynList—a development service for NYC-based artists. She has played an instrumental role in
securing major government and institutional funding from sources such as MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Dance/NYC, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Brooklyn Arts Council as well as garnering support from the MAP Fund.