Thresh is a New York-based, female-led performing-arts organization. Founded in 2005 by award-winning Indian choreographer Preeti Vasudevan, Thresh creates a provocative dialogue between Indian and western performing arts, connecting heritage cultures with contemporary lives.
The two-fold mission of Thresh is to educate and to entertain. Thresh’s work revolves around the art of storytelling in all its forms—from creating cross-cultural productions that deal with issues of identity, race, gender and inclusion, to outreach programs with marginalized and underserved communities in the US and overseas.
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 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, the late legendary ballet dancer and founder of the National Dance Institute for children.
Founder & Artistic Director
Preeti Vasudevan in Savitri (2012)
Preeti Vasudevan is an award-winning choreographer and performer creating provocative contemporary works from her Indian tradition. Founder and Artistic Director of Thresh Performing Arts Collaborative, her mission is to create experimental productions that foster a provocative dialogue with identity, and our relationship with heritage cultures and contemporary life.
Preeti has been recognized by a number of prestigious institutions in the US for her outstanding contribution to dance.
Some highlights include: 2021Bubble Residency Commission, Works & Process, Guggenheim Museum, 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; 2018 Selected Artist, 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; 2018-19 SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers) Foundation’s 2018-2019 Observership Class; Spring 2016 Resident Fellow, Center for Ballet and the Arts, NY; Live Feed - Artist in Residence, New York Live Arts (2015-17) NY; 2015 DPA Atelier award, LIMS, NY; Presenter, TEDxBarnard, Barnard College, Columbia University, NY (2013); International Choreographer's Residency, American Dance Festival (ADF, 2003); Emerging choreographer series Joyce Foundation, NY (2003).
Preeti travels regularly to India continuing her artistic development between New York and India. Some of her works have received the highest awards in India, which include: three META (Mahindra Excellence in Theater Awards) awards for The Absent Lover (2009) and seven META nominations for Savitri (2013).
Commissions include Stories by Hand, New York Live Arts, NY (2017) Veiled Moon, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015 (NY); Boxed, National Dance Institute, NY (2014); Drumming a Dream, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (2009) NY; The Absent Lover, Prakriti Foundation, India (2008).
Cultural Diplomacy is key to Preeti’s work through 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.
Preeti partners her educational and creative leadership with world-impacting organizations as Silkroad founded by legendary musician Yo-Yo Ma and the National Dance Institute founded by celebrated dancer Jacques D’Amboise.
Preeti’s ground-breaking educational website, Dancing for the Gods (in collaboration with the Dept of Education, NYC) has been developed to build a cultural bridge through creative Indian dance and used in NYC Public Schools.
Preeti holds a Master's in Dance Studies from Laban Centre London and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, NY.
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.
Board of Directors
Dona Lee Kelley