A Little About Ladybird

Anna Drozdowski undertakes global projects in management, production, and organizational development--most often with cultural institutions that inspire community as well as individuals and organizations in flux. 

Current initiatives include:

  • Curating for LoLa38, a creative place-making project centered at the intersection of 38th and Lancaster in West Philadelphia--a collaborative project of the People's Emergency Center CDC and the Lindy Insitute at Drexel University. 
  • Facilitating for Artists U, by heading up strategic planning workshop since 2006.
  • Inviting artists and collaborative teams to embark on creative and planning retreats and residencies on her porch in Vermont.

Ladybird maintains an organizational partnership with the Bowerbird concert series--co-curating and producing activities under the moniker Thirdbird . Beginning with Blindspot, a festival of music and dance, Thirdbird works at the forefront of contemporary performance practices by hosting visiting artists such as: Xavier LeRoy, Klangforum, Bloom! Dance Collective, Eleanor Bauer, Clement Layes/Public in Private, Colony, Levi Gonzalez, Kasper Daugaard Poulsen, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion as well as presenting local artists in their "Blind Date" improvisation series. 

Anna led the adaptive re-use of the Neighborhood House gymnasium into a black-box performance space at Christ Church in 2011, building a subsidized rental program over five years which serves hundreds of artists through rehearsal and production engagements.  She's worked with organizations such as: Headlong Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, The School of American Ballet, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Team Office!, FringeArts, Swarthmore College, Emmanuelle Delpech, Karen Getz, Pasion y Arte Flamenco, the PHL Redevelopment Authority, University of the Arts and the Mural Arts Program at the Philadelphia International Airport.  In 2015 Anna directed Wilmington Works, one of 24 designated downtowns in Vermont, increasing giving to the organization and resources to the municipality through the acquisition of grants in excess of $400,000 in one year. 

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, PA Commonwealth Speaker series and the Fulbright Program, through which she spent a year in residence at the Royal Danish Ballet. Anna has written for the Philadelphia Weekly, The Bournonville Daily, Philadelphia Dance Projects (where she was guest curator in 2010) and for Dance Advance in addition to co-founding Thinking Dance with Lisa Kraus.  Recent performance documentation includes the work of Jonathan Burrows + Matteo Fargion, Dada Von Bzdulow as well as Headlong Dance Theater’s work with Tere O’Connor.

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