A Little About Ladybird

Anna Drozdowski undertakes creative projects in curating, planning, production and organizational development--most often with cultural individuals and organizations who are in flux.

Current initiatives include:

  • Curating for LoLa38, a creative place-making project centered at the intersection of 38th and Lancaster in West Philadelphia. This collaborative project of the People's Emergency Center CDC and the Lindy Institute at Drexel University looks at the big "G" and little "g" of gentrification; how it is seen and felt through many eyes and bodies.
  • Producing a new composition by David Lang to be played by hundreds of musicians on the broken instruments owned by the School District of Philadelphia.  This new Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, commissioned by Temple Contemporary will premiere in December 2017.
  • Facilitating for Artists U, by heading up strategic planning workshops and facilitating for individual artists. Since 2006 this work has served creative people of all persuasions, as well as small ensembles.
  • Inviting artists and collaborative teams to embark on creative and planning retreats and residencies on her back porch in the green mountains.

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 the "Blind Date" improvisation series. 

Anna led the adaptive re-use of the Neighborhood House into a black-box performance space at Christ Church in 2011. Building a subsidized rental program which continues to serve hundreds of artists annually through rehearsal and production engagements, she found a calling in care-taking for communities.   Anna has 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.  Anna directed Wilmington Works, a community and economic development non-profit which is part of the VT downtown program in 2015. Increasing giving to the organization and resources to the municipality through the acquisition of grants in excess of half a million dollars, she established relationships in the rural world which continue to serve her work in inviting artists to retreat from the city. 

Her creative work 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.  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.

Anna holds a graduate degree in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and enjoys cross-stitching obscenities, dancing tango, and grocery shopping slowly.