Vice President, Arts Education, New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Jennifer Tsukayama is the Vice President of Arts Education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and responsible for the overall programming and operations for the department. She is an active member of several citywide initiatives that provide equitable access to high-quality arts including membership of the Steering Committee to develop the Newark Arts and Culture Plan. Prior to NJPAC, Jennifer was the Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Director of Performing Arts for the Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA). For the ACA, she provided statewide technical assistance to the grantees, managed the agency’s $2M grant portfolio and developed partnerships and programs across government and community sectors.

Jennifer’s artistic work includes the direction of three dance companies and the creation of over 40 original dance works. She has been commissioned by dance companies across the United States and abroad and has toured and taught nationally and internationally. Her creative work spans a wide range of projects, which integrate dance and technology and she has collaborated with artists and scientists to create interactive and telematic work. For six years she was the state-invited guest artist of Secretaria de Culture de Puebla, Mexico. Jennifer was also an Associate Professor in Arizona State University’s Department of Dance where she taught technique, choreography, and performance technology classes. Prior to ASU, she was the school administrator for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.

Jennifer has been invited to present papers on her creative research at such organizations as Counseil Internacional de la Dance of the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and has served on numerous panels including, the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace America and many state arts councils.