Brief History

The hallmark of Liz Thompson’s leadership has been her commitment to diversity, and her ability to combine sound fiscal and organizational leadership with innovative programming.

Liz is Co-Founder of TDF/The Diverse Future promoting the aspirations of those critical to America's multi-cultural future. For LMCC, she created the Evening Stars Festival offering programing that attracted a diverse downtown audience. She designed and built the Inside/Out stage, and oversaw the design for the Studio Theater at Jacob’s Pillow… spaces that supported emerging artists and developed new audiences for more innovative work. At Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival she played a key role in strengthening BAM’s commitment to artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. While at Boston’s First Night she developed the Neighborhood Network to insure the participation of previously neglected communities.

Liz has served on many boards and committees such as The Friends of Education formed at MOMA to bring attention to artists and audiences of color and had the privilege of helping craft the mission statement used to select the architects of the World Trade Center Memorial.

As a dancer she worked with experimental artists and as a choreographer received an Emmy for her work on the Children’s Television Workshop THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, was associate choreographer for GREASE and was recipient of the Dance Magazine Award for Outstanding Contributions to the dance world.

An outgrowth of her years as a dancer and producer led her to somatic coaching supported by meditation practices.

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