MICHAEL ALAN FELDMAN
As Principal at Transitions International, Michael Feldman provides strategic and public engagement advice to local and international arts organizations. Michael offers demonstrated ability to advance arts, scholarly, and policy goals by implementing innovative programs to energize partners and engage audiences. Over more than 25 years, he has persuaded diverse stakeholders to devote prestige, leadership, and funding to pursue common objectives in culture, policy outreach, research, and education. He has experience engaging with the U.S. Congress, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on budget requests, funding allocations, and project oversight. Michael also curates and moderates policy discussions that investigate themes raised by theatre and other art forms. Michael is the co-facilitator of the Theater and Policy Salon, which launched its 2019-2020 season at New York University Washington DC (NYU DC) in October 2019, in cooperation with Ford's and Shakespeare Theaters. The Salon's inaugural "Who Gets to Feel Safe?" season featured Salons at Woolly Mammoth, Ford's, New Music Theatre, and NYU DC as well as collaborations with the Embassy of Sweden and the European Union. Earlier, he launched the Talk Tank series for Forum Theatre's 2016-2017 season, and again organized Talk Tank discussions to explore policy issues underpinning Forum’s final 2017-2018 season. He also assists DC's Alliance for a New Music-Theatre. Michael served as an Editorial Team Member at Createquity - a virtual think tank and online publication - through its sunset in 2017. Michael is a former cultural attaché and diplomat whose experience bridges the arts, development, and public policy worlds. Michael was a director at PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief; a director for Europe and Central Asia at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; and professional staff of the Budget Committee of the U.S. Senate as part of a fellowship with the American Political Science Association. At the US State Department, Michael served in Europe and Central Africa; he oversaw assistance for the Balkans; and he negotiated policy with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the G-7/8 process, and the European Union. Michael graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Economics and speaks German, Czech, French and Italian.
Arts and Policy Events
Theater and Policy Salons in January 2020
Refuge, Journey, and Compassion Salon January 23 at Theatre J
Attainment, Fulfillment, and Resilience Salon
January 30 at Studio Theatre
MY LATEST RESEARCH AND PROJECTS
April 2019 Theater and Policy Salon on "Who Gets to Feel Safe" organized in conjunction with Mosaic Theater and NYU Washington and held on
April 25, 2019
What does it take to "make it" as a professional artist? Here's a discussion of a new Danish research study that provides evidence of whether a formal arts education fosters success in pursuing careers as an artist. The question that remains - especially in countries with high cost of education - is the chance to succeed as a professional artist equally available to people of all backgrounds and income levels?