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Marya Warshaw

Founding Director Emerita

Marya Warshaw is the Founding Executive/Artistic Director of BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where she led the organization and its wide slate of programming, strategy and development for nearly thirty years. Warshaw succeeded in two successful capital campaigns for BAX which resulted in the doubling of BAX’s space and programming. She is the founder and served as Director of the BAX Artist in Residence and Space Grant programs whose alumni include Reggie Wilson, George Emilio Sanchez, Young Jean Lee, Dean Moss, Ni’Ja Whitson, Abigail Browde, Maria Bauman, Katy Pyle, Yasuko Yokoshi, Faye Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Aya Ogawa, and Haruna Lee among others. Warshaw served as Director of the Petronio Residency Center in Round Top, N.Y. from March 2020¬ to December 2022 where she was responsible for providing residencies and retreats for performing artists and companies as developing the capacity of the center.

Warshaw was recognized by Bard College in 2019 with their John Dewey public service award and has received two NY Dance & Performance Awards (the “Bessies”) both in 2018 for outstanding service to the field of dance and 1998 for “building a house and a home for the arts in Brooklyn”. She was recognized by the LAMBDA Independent Democrats of Brooklyn for her support of LGBTQ artists at all stages of their careers and received a 2010 Cultural Practitioner Residency from the Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center, Italy. Warshaw is on the Board of Directors of Moss/Gametophyte Inc and CREATE Council on the Arts.

Warshaw has participated in three Undoing Racism organizing workshops with the People’s Institute for Survival and beyond (PISAB) and has made a personal and professional commitment to creating and sustaining equitable practices within the field.

She is currently providing consultancy to independent dance, theater and performance artists as well as cultural not-for-profits. She has a special interest in organizations and founding leaders transitioning to a new generation.