Dance of Arts Management
Stupic '95 loved dancing as a child and a teenager, when ballet,
tap, and jazz dance were part of her regular routine. "It really
gave me the opportunity to express myself, as well as gain personal
confidence in my abilities," she said.
1991 she entered Moravian, joined the Moravian College Dancers,
and "also got hooked on theater." But during her four
years on campus, as she demonstrated her devotion to the cause of
artistic expression by performing, she also showed her skill as
an organizer of on-campus events. Gradually, her managerial and
administrative talents prevailed, and today she is executive director
of the New York-based Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, a modern dance
company that tours domestically and internationally and provides
schoolchildren with dance experience and spectacle.
Moravian, Stupic immersed herself in every available artistic/theatrical
experience. As a member of the college theater company, she made
her acting debut in Look Homeward, Angel. Increasingly active behind
the scenes, she painted sets, wrote publicity materials, chaired
the HUB art committee, curated the HUB Gallery (now the H. Paty
Eiffe Gallery), and managed the theater group. She spent summers
in New Haven, Connecticut, with Artspace, a multidisciplinary arts
center where she helped organize monthly art exhibitions and rented
space to theater and art groups.
knowing it, she was setting the stage for her performance as Pascal
Rioult's executive director—a role in which she does everything
from day-to-day operational activities to long-range fund-raising.
She is the company's only full-time administrator; she has part-time
assistance for its educational activities and in development, as
well as a part-time bookkeeper. But Stupic is responsible for its
$500,000 annual operating budget and a performing season that ranges
from 30 to 40 weeks a year and may take the company around the world.
Rioult company comprises 10 trained, professional dancers (including
its co-artistic directors, Rioult and his wife, Joyce Herring).
They range in age from 25 to 46 and hail from Mexico, Greece, France,
and the United States. Recent tours have included stops in many
of these countries, as well as performances in schools and concert
halls across the U.S. from New Jersey to California and Tennessee
credits her experience at Moravian with her decision to pursue a
career in arts administration. "Inspiration and encouragement
came from two of my mentors: Dr. Jack Ramsey of the English Department
and Paty Eiffe, director of the HUB," she said. "Each
of them gave me so many opportunities to spread my wings and achieve.
My passion to work and work hard was always acknowledged and supported."
graduation, she enrolled at American University in Washington, D.C.,
where she earned a master's degree in arts management. As a graduate
fellow, she handled public relations for the university's Department
of Performing Arts.
first professional arts management job was as a development associate
at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in New York for
three years (1997-2000). There she became acquainted with Rioult
and Herring, who both had been principal dancers with the Graham
company for more than a decade. Rioult was just beginning to choreograph;
his first two pieces were for the Graham company. Stupic also worked
closely with Herring, then director of the Graham Center's school.
Pascal was seeking a new manager for his company, I leaped at the
opportunity to work with them. I had come to love the Graham repertoire,
and to work with Pascal gave me the chance to align myself with
a company whose work I find very fulfilling," she said. Rioult
had begun working with a group of his own dancers in 1991, but it
had become a full-time endeavor only in 1994. Stupic became executive
director on May 1, 2000.
love art," she said, "and I am so glad that my work helps
art grow and live in our collective culture."