Vani Krishnamurthy: Executive Director
Vani's expertise lies in enabling arts organizations to fulfill their creative and audience potential. As an arts entrepreneur, top-tier business strategy professional, and Indian classical dancer/educator, Vani has spent the last two decades as a translator, moderator, and messenger between creative organizations and their audiences. She founded a consulting firm for arts organizations, collaborating with clients such as Lincoln Center and World Music Institute.
Prior to this, she worked at Bain & Company and The Boston Consulting Group, serving not only Fortune 500 companies but also premiere museums and non-profits in the country. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, received a Fulbright to India to study temple art and architecture, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
In RCP, Vani is transported back to her childhood, where old stories and the metaphors within them were the primary way she learned values, history, and culture in her own home. Vani's favorite RCP story is The Golden Mango, one of the first stories she heard from her parents and among the first she re-told to her own children.
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.
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.