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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

 

Thresh’s mission is to empower individual voices within the context of a global community. Through cross-disciplinary collaborations, Thresh creates theatrical productions and outreach programs dealing with issues of gender, immigration, and race, representing marginalized and underserved communities in the US and abroad.

 

Vision

 

Thresh envisions a world that brings together different cultural voices to celebrate diversity while appreciating individuality. Through the performing arts and storytelling, Thresh fosters a democratic way of working together, increasing confidence, tolerance, and curiosity within a pluralistic society.

About

Thresh is a New York-based, female-led arts impact nonprofit producing work about storytelling in all its forms. The two-fold mission of Thresh is to educate and to entertain. From creating cross-cultural productions that deal with issues of identity, race, gender, and inclusion, to outreach programs for marginalized and underserved communities in the US and abroad, we represent the underrepresented.

Founded in 2005 by award-winning cultural storyteller and choreographer, Preeti Vasudevan, Thresh creates a provocative dialogue between traditional art forms and contemporary arts connecting heritage cultures with contemporary lives. Thresh’s work on and off the stage and online provides a safe space in which individuals from diverse groups can explore their own personal stories, gaining confidence and authentic leadership skills as a result. Thresh has recognition and support from leading US foundations and institutions including Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, US Department of State, National Endowment for the Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, and arts leaders like world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Jacques d’Amboise,

amongst others.

Arts & Advocacy through cultural diplomacy is key to Thresh’s work. Thresh’s artist collaborators represent a diverse range of artistic skills and expertises that they bring to educational and outreach. Educational programs are created collaboratively seeking to use the arts in an interdisciplinary manner to encourage participants to express their own voices building confidence and leadership skills. From in-school programming to digital online programs, Thresh partners with institutions nationally and internationally to reach communities, especially youth, to provide opportunities to have an intercultural and educational experience. Thresh’s digital work reaches NYC public schools through the Dept of Education programs bringing cultural diversity and dialogue into the classrooms. institutions nationally and internationally to reach communities, especially youth, to provide opportunities to have an intercultural and educational experience. Thresh’s digital work reaches NYC public schools through the Dept of Education programs bringing cultural diversity and dialogue into the classroom.

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Team

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Preeti Vasudevan: Founder & Artistic Director

Award-winning choreographer and cultural storyteller Preeti Vasudevan's provocative theatrical works redefine individual identity, uniting artists and audiences alike. Her creations have been lauded as a refreshing collision of Eastern and Western aesthetics pushing for a new expression in art-making. Using just about every mode of the performing arts (including dance, music, poetry, visual art, mime, and theater), Preeti invites cutting-edge collaborators to form a 21st-century language of expression. Her unconventional storytelling challenges the status quo of dance-theater, bridging ancient traditions with the contemporary world.

 

Known for igniting groundbreaking artistic partnerships, Preeti frequently collaborates with celebrated artists such as legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Guggenheim awardee Paul Kaiser and with leading ensembles like Silkroad. Preeti’s works have been commissioned by distinguished institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, Glimmerglass Opera Festival NY, Guggenheim’s Works & Process NY, New Victory Theater NY, Morph Dance Company UK, and The Alliance Francaise, among others. She has been invited to sit on panels at the National Endowment for the Arts US, US Consulate panel on women creatives, Joyce Theater, and Asian American Arts Alliance.

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Mia Kovalyak: Design & Strategy

 

Mia Kovalyak is a designer and strategist. She has built a robust career in design and strategy by working with a wide variety of clients ranging from non-profit organizations and dance companies to CPG brands where she developed and implemented design and digital marketing strategies. Mia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design from Fordham University. She also holds a Master of Design (MDes) in Brand Design and Strategy from Art Center College of Design where she focused on developing strategies for brand inception, adoption, and integration with an emphasis on design.

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Olivia Mendelson: Arts Administration

Olivia is an Arts Administration Assistant based in New York City. She graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Urban Studies and Visual Arts. Given the interdisciplinary nature of her undergraduate work, Olivia is passionate about improving the quality of life for children and adults in urban communities through accessibility to the arts and art education. Her focus on nonprofit work has been developed through her numerous roles in nonprofit management, administration, gallery work, and fundraising event coordination.

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Nadine Grantham Philips: Development 

Nadine is a nonprofit grant professional with a strong background in institutional giving for organizations of various sizes. She has supported several nonprofits in developing their private and public grant portfolios and has assisted in multiple individual campaigns as well. With extensive personal experience in dance and theater, Nadine holds a special interest in supporting performing arts nonprofits. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nadine is now based in Washington, DC where she is pursuing a career in reentry policy for people returning home from incarceration.

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Terri Bruce: Development 

Terri Bruce is a human services professional with over 20 years in the community, economic, and workforce development arenas, with expertise in nonprofit evaluation, organizational development, strategic planning, grant writing, grants management, and fundraising. She currently resides in Downeast Maine.

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Mary Serbe: Educational Advisor, Grant Writer, and First Voices Advisory

Board Member

Mary Serbe is a certified art educator with an MAT from the Art Institute of Chicago who has taught in schools, museums, and arts organizations with students from preschool age to adulthood. For four years, she was Education Director at the Yellowstone Art Museum, overseeing all aspects of education and learning including partnerships, classes, tours, docents, a dedicated gallery to art of young people, and all online learning and engagement. Currently, she is curator and co-proprietor of Kirks’ Grocery, an alternative art gallery, performance venue and gathering space where she also teaches and manages educational programming. At Montana State University Billings, Mary teaches Fundamentals of 2D Design.

Mary Serbe has had the privilege of being part of the Advisory Board for the First Voices project since 2020. She currently serves in that capacity in addition to writing grants and developing documentation and educational resources for First Voices.

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