Shay Wafer has demonstrated a stalwart dedication to the arts and community development through many years of service to the field. Her passionate vision is balanced with pragmatic experience, as she has held senior level positions at a number of non-profit arts organizations with a focus on African Diasporic programming and community engagement. Shay was the founding VP of programs for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, a multi-disciplinary center and museum in downtown Pittsburgh. Prior to that, she served as the managing director of Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, TheatreWorks in Silicon Valley, and the St. Louis Black Repertory Company. She was a founding partner of Marla Gibb’s Crossroads Arts Academy and Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as the co-founder of Colored Girl Productions in Pennsylvania. Ms. Wafer has engaged in additional community and volunteer activities throughout her career including serving on the boards of directors of National Performance Network and Theatre Communications Group, and as a NEFA National Theatre Project Advisor. She has served on grant panels for the NEA, MAP Fund, Mellon Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Bush Foundation, among others. She is a graduate of Howard University and Yale School of Drama.