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The Contributions of Renata Petroni

Posted: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 5:19 pm in News

Renata PetroniAs of January 1, 2015, Renata Petroni, director of the International Program for the National Performance Network (NPN), has retired from her direct work in international cultural exchange to pursue her career as an interior designer. Several years ago, she returned to school and got her degree in design. While it is a great loss for the international cultural exchange field, it is exciting that Renata is working full-time in an area where she has great passion and talent.

Renata has worked internationally since 1980 when she joined The Kitchen first as director of special events and then as The Kitchen touring program director. She then worked at Dance Theater Workshop as director of the National Performance Network, NPN’s first dedicated staff person, and The Suitcase Fund, programs that sought to increase touring, commissioning and to encourage cultural exchange. Subsequently, Petroni spent two years as managing director of Teatro Central, a multi-purpose theater specially built for the Universal EXPO 92 in Seville, Spain. In 1993 she founded her own production company, Two Moon, which produced new works by many artists and coordinated the Polverigi Festival in Italy from 1998 to 2000. In May 2000, Renata Petroni became director of the Projects and Partnerships division at Arts International (AI), a New York based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development, support and promotion of global cultural interchange in the visual and performing arts worldwide. After the closing of AI, Ms. Petroni joined NPN’s International Program, designed to increase cultural exchange and knowledge building between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as with Asia.

“Renata built NPN’s International Program,” says MK Wegmann, NPN/VAN president and CEO. “She developed a multi-national system of exchange based on long-term relationships, reciprocity and equity. NPN will forever be in her debt and the groundwork she laid will continue into the future. Her leadership will be missed.”

For the time being, MK Wegmann will direct NPN’s international program. She has been involved in the program since its inception and has been part of the development of its various programs. Kyoko Yoshida, the founder and director of the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network (CTN), will coordinate the U.S.-Japan Connection and the U.S.-Korea Connection, where she has been assisting Renata for the past three years. Kyoko has served the performing arts field for 30 years as a presenter, producer and consultant. Elizabeth Doud will continue to coordinate the Performing Americas Program, which since 2002 has fostered cultural exchange between Latin America and the Caribbean with the United States.

NPN’s programs in the global arena remain a high priority to NPN, complementing its National Programs with our NPN/VAN Partners in the United States, and our Local Program in New Orleans.

And, thank you, Renata.

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