Performing Arts Legacy Project

An online platform to document and represent the careers of older performing arts professionals

Our Team & Credits

Joan Jeffri, Director

Joan JeffriJoan Jeffri is the Founder and Director of the Research Center for Arts and Culture housed first at Columbia University and now at The Actors Fund. She is former Director of the Program in Arts Administration at Columbia and past President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and the International Arts Medicine Association. She is a Scholar-in-Residence in the Arts Management Program at American University and an honorary professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Learn more at

Performers’ Advisory Committee

Carmen de Lavallade
Dancer, actor, choreographer

Martha Wilson
Founder and Director, Franklin Furnace

Richard Heller
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz

June Besek, E.D.
Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts
Director, International Intellectual Property Program, Columbia Law School
RCAC Board Member

Steven Chaikelson
Professor and Head of Theatre Management & Producing Concentration
Columbia University School of the Arts

David Cohen
RCAC Board Member
Former Executive Director, AFL-CIO, Department of Professional Employees

Technical Advisory Committee

Michael Ashenfelder
Former Director, Digital Personal Archiving, Library of Congress

Robb Detlefs
Director, West Coast Operations & Strategic Initiatives
Gallery Systems

Justin Goldberg
Technical Director, Performing Arts Legacy Project
Web & multimedia strategist, MMNTM

Doug Reside, PhD
Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Billy Rose Theatre Division
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Farris Wahbeh
Director of Research Resources, Whitney Museum of American Art

Carmen Wiedenhoeft
Technology Coordinator, ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY
Research Center for Arts and Culture


We are grateful to Playbill for allowing PAL participants to post on their individual sites with appropriate credit as follows: Playbill Images used by Permission, All rights reserved. Playbill, Inc.

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