Laurie Uprichard brings more than three decades of experience as a dance presenter, curator, producer, grantmaker, and administrator.
For the past 25 years, Laurie has curated contemporary dance and performance, both at the presenting organizations she led in the US and abroad, as well as for festivals and arts centers. For four years, she was Director of the Dublin Dance Festival. Prior to that, for 15 years, she was Executive Director of Danspace Project in New York City. Recently she served as Senior Curator of Performing Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans; she also founded and curated the Travelogues Series at Abrons Arts Center. She has consulted with The Joyce Theater as well as Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP).
Throughout her career, Laurie has worked with artists in a range of capacities to fund, produce and tour their work. She served as Executive Director of Stephen Petronio Company, Producing Consultant for Tere O’Connor Dance, and Associate Producer at Quaternaire, an international production and tour management agency based in Paris, France. As a consultant and producer, her past clients included the Bessies, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Focus Dance, La MaMa, as well as choreographers Jean Butler, Douglas Dunn, and Emmanuelle Huynh. She served as Managing Director of Urban Bush Women and later as the company's Producing Director; she also worked with Dance Theater Workshop, Meredith Monk/The House, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She has served on the boards of Danspace Project, Dance/USA, and Movement Research. She is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in the French Ministry of Culture and received a 2008 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for her service to the field.
Laurie holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing from The American University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami. A former dancer, Laurie performed with Kei Takei's Moving Earth for five years, as well as with Irene Feigenheimer, Barbara Roan, and Wendy Woodson.