A Little About Ladybird

Anna Drozdowski runs Ladybird, where she undertakes projects in management, production, and organizational development--most often for individual artists and cultural activities that inspire community.

In 2011, Ladybird found an organizational partnership with the Bowerbird concert series--co-curating and producing activities under the moniker Thirdbird . This work began with Blindspot, a festival of music and dance and has gone on to include the presentation of local, national and international artists working at the forefront of contemporary practice such as: Xavier LeRoy, Klangforum, Bloom! Dance Collective, Eleanor Bauer, Clement Layes/Public in Private, Colony, Levi Gonzalez, Kasper Daugaard Poulsen, Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion. Anna is a facilitator for Artists U and a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker; and has consulted with Christ Church in Philadelphia, Pasion y Arte Flamenco, MIRO Dance Theatre and How Philly Moves.

Anna recently led the adaptive re-use of the Neighborhood House gymnasium into a artist-run black-box theater has worked as a manager with Headlong Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, The School of American Ballet, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Team Office!, Emmanuelle Delpech, Karen Getz, the PHL Redevelopment Authority, University of the Arts and the Mural Arts Program at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Her research has been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, the NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship at the American Dance Festival, Philadelphia’s Community Education Center, and the Fulbright Program, through which she spent a year in residence at the Royal Danish Ballet.

Anna has written critically on movement for Philadelphia Weekly, The Bournonville Daily, Philadelphia Dance Projects (where she was guest curator in 2010) and for Dance Advance. She co-founded Thinking Dance with Lisa Kraus and has documented the work of Dada Von Bzdulow as well as Headlong Dance Theater’s work with choreographer Tere O’Connor.

She is currently a board member of JJ Tiziou Photography, Mascher Space Co-Op and a former trustee of Dance/USA. Anna holds a master’s degree in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Anna enjoys cross-stitching obscenities, dancing tango and grocery shopping slowly.