A Little About Ladybird

Anna Drozdowski undertakes global projects in management, production, and organizational development--most often with cultural activities that inspire community.  She invites artists and collaborative teams to embark in Strategic Planning on her porch in Vermont, where she serves as a consultant to Wilmington Works, one of 24 designated downtowns in the state.  Anna is also a facilitator for Artists U, heading up workshops and individual services in Philadelphia.

In 2011, Ladybird found 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 continues working at the forefront of contemporary performance practices by hosting 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. 

Anna led the adaptive re-use of the Neighborhood House gymnasium into a artist-run black-box performance space.  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.

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, dancing tango, and grocery shopping slowly using her bicycle.