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 Founder of the Theater and Policy Salon. Michael serves as a creative producer, dramaturg, and advisor for scripts and theater projects dealing with policy, cross-cultural, and global issues. For more than five years, Michael has worked with area theaters and cultural partners to organize theater and policy events that inspire action on local and global real world issues.  In October 2020, Michael was awarded a 2020-2021 District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) Fellowship for his work on theater and policy in the context of the Theater and Policy Salon. After launching its 2019-2020 season at New York University Washington DC (NYU DC) in cooperation with Ford's and Shakespeare Theaters, the Salon partnered with Studio Theatre, Theatre J, Mosaic Theater Company, the InSeries, and Arena Stage in 2020.  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 and 2017-2018 seasons. 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

How Art Enables Community Visioning for Climate Action and Resilience

Visions in Progress: Climate Beneath the Surface 

at 5pm-6pm on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

in partnership with the Shakespeare Theatre Company


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?  


Sec. Albright and Amb. Palous panel with excerpts from Havel's Protest at Georgetown University, produced with New Music Theatre & Czech Embassy   
Talk Tank Policy Conversations
Forum Theatre
Wall, I Call My Brothers, Nasty Women Repertory, and The State