PEN America Town Hall MeetingThursday, July 27, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Join PEN America representatives Julie Trébault and Rebecca Stump to discuss new initiatives by PEN America, including the Artists at Risk Connection, new regional programming, and more! City Of Asylum President, R. Henry Reese, will be on hand to explore upcoming partnerships and initiatives between City of Asylum and PEN America.
Non-members who are curious about the benefits of PEN America membership and current members are invited to a Town Hall meeting. This is your opportunity to guide an open discussion of all facets of PEN and what sorts of programming you’d most like to see locally. We will discuss the upcoming regional programming expansion, local press freedom opportunities and the ARC program.
The event is free and open to anyone interested in the realm of free expression, literature, and artistic freedom.
A reception will follow this discussion, which will hopefully give attendees the chance to chat with representatives one-on-one. Please feel free to bring someone who you think could benefit from being a member of PEN America.
Julie Trébault is the Director of PEN America’s new Artists at Risk Connection project. A highly respected leader in the arts world, she brings skills, experience, and a network to launch a new support system for artists at risk worldwide. Prior to joining PEN, she served as Director of Public Programs at the Museum of the City of New York, where she built a robust roster of panel discussions, performances, screenings, and symposia spanning New York City’s arts, culture, and history. She previously was Director of Public Programs at the Center for Architecture. Before moving to New York, she worked at the National Museum of Ethnology in The Netherlands, where she build a network of 116 museums across the globe that shared a virtual collection of masterpieces and developed an innovative array of online and mobile applications and exhibitions to make the collection as widely accessible as possible. From 2004 until 2007, she was Head of Higher Education and Academic Events at the Musée du quai Branly (Paris), where she conceived and implemented a policy for higher education by creating an international network of universities, graduate schools, and research institutes. Trébault holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from the Sorbonne University and a Master’s Degree in Archeology from the University of Strasbourg.
Rebecca Stump recently joined PEN America as the Sr. Membership Manager. Before joining the PEN team, she was the Director of Member Services at the Dramatists Guild of America, the national association of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists.
In addition to her primary responsibilities at the Dramatists Guild relating to membership management, she also managed the Guild’s Opera Committee, Membership Committee, and Intern Program, served on the Publications Committee, and was the Editor of the annual DG Resource Directory. During her tenure, Rebecca also led a joint project with the Lilly Awards Foundation, “The Count,” a study of gender parity in regional theatre. The Count has been featured in The Dramatist, American Theatre, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and IndieWire.
Rebecca honed her fundraising and development skills within the Development Department at the Metropolitan Opera and served as Executive Director of New York Opera Exchange through four successful seasons of well-reviewed, often sold-out operatic productions. She has presented and/or served as a panelist at conferences and universities across the United States on topics such as self-production for dramatists, audition techniques, and gender parity in American theatre. Rebecca holds a BA in Political Science and Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.