ABU’s Leadership Team is a diverse group of professionals with deep passion for the arts, and dedication for the mission of the organization.
Art Boundaries Unlimited Founding Artist
Anita Gonzalez is a director, choreographer, and writer whose work has appeared on PBS national television and at Lincoln Center Out-of Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Source, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and other national and international venues. She collaborated on Le Hot Blu, an American Syncopated Musical, with composer-writer Ken Lauber (2007). Her play Ybor City has been read in New York, Florida, and Italy. Current projects include Diplomacy a new work about the art of negotiations, and Liverpool Trading, a project about performance exchanges between Liverpool UK and New York City. Gonzalez was a founding member of the Urban Bush Women. She has choreographed for Ballet Hispanico, taught theater in Central America, given professional and educational workshops in Caribbean and African American dance and lectured about the process of developing new plays. The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Association, and the FIDEOCOMISO for United States/Mexico Arts exchange have all funded her work. For her individual scholarship and teaching, she has been awarded a residency at Rockefeller’s Bellagio Center (2003) and three Senior Scholar Fulbright grants. Published writings include book reviews and articles about multi-cultural and international performance for Modern Drama, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Dance Research Journal. Her book Jarocho’s Soul: Cultural Identity and Afro-Mexican Dance is available at Rowan and Littlefield Press and Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality is available at the University of Texas Press (2010). Gonzalez earned her Ph.D. in Theater/Performance Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997). She is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Theater at the State University of New York — New Paltz where she teaches directing, movement, and theater history courses. Anita Gonzalez is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and a member of The Dramatists Guild.
Art Boundaries Unlimited, Executive Director
Hailing from the discipline of journalism and theatre arts, Candi has always been most fascinated by the art of storytelling. This theme is evident throughout her consulting style and overall personality. She’s interviewed authors, musicians and actors like Joe Manganiello (True Blood), and helped shape global projects at Singularity University (Graduate Studies Program Teaching Fellow, NASA Ames Research Park). She has worked with several theatre companies and arts groups including Arts Society of Kingston, New Moon Theatre Company, and the New Paradigm Theatre Company. Montego Bay born, she’s served on several international teams based in several countries including the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, China and India. Candi is the news editor, and a regular host for International Womens’ Artist Salon Radio – which reaches over 35 countries. Through Art Boundaries Unlimited, she continues to expand her work across borders. Her focus in the United States is conjuring awareness for a variety of brands spanning targeted demographics from coast to coast. Candi holds a B.A. in Journalism and a B.A. in Theatre, Performance Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and holds several other marketing certifications.
Art Boundaries Unlimited, Vice President
Susan Austad, artist, was born in Minneapolis, MN, but grew up on the North Shore of Lake Superior. After joining the Peace Corps a she became immersed with work in the Peruvian Andes. In the late 1970’s-early ’80s Austad created ambitious quilts. A large group of these were exhibited and at the Hudson River Museum, in New York and the E.C.T. Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Some found homes with well-known collectors, such as, Holly Solomon (Gallery), Agnes Gund (President of the Board of Directors of MoMA) and Bob Feldman (Gallery). Austad spent over 25 years developing curriculum for the Studio in a School. With SIAS, she collaborated with the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. She created and participated in teaching exhibitions over these years, some sponsored by Paine Webber and other major companies in New York City. She was included as a “Master Teacher” in the collaboration of SIAS with the Department of Education (N.Y.C.) in a project called “Blueprint for Teaching in the Arts.” In 1998 Austad began studying in the Venice Program of New York University, and earned her MFA Degree in May 2000. Her pieces have been exhibited in Italy and in two university exhibits in the New York area (“Being” and “Stuck”).
Art Boundaries Unlimited, Treasurer
John R Diehl grew up in a small suburban community in northern Delaware. He holds Masters degrees in both Computer Science and Music Educatoion. He has spent the past ten years working on Wall Street developing real-time trading systems for large commercial banking firm. John is also a photographic artist. He has studied at the International Center for Photography in NYC, and has exhibited his work in the New York area, and published photographs in Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts. John now lives and works in Ann Arbor, MI.
“I picked up my first 35mm camera in my twenties, and have rarely been without one since. As an artist, I am always looking for those perspectives and views of our world that go unnoticed by most, capturing the hidden beauty found in the everyday moment, the odd angle found when you tilt your head just so. I am fascinated by the myriad ways the camera can weave light, shadow and time into images of our world that we can only begin to imagine. The darkroom has found a new home inside my computer, where the dance still continues; sometimes literally. Painting images with light — where the entire world becomes my canvas — has opened up vast new realms of expression for me. I want my images to leap out of the frame: not to remind the viewer of those things missed, but to help us see and appreciate once again the beauty we knew was there all along. ”
Art Boundaries Unlimited, Board Member