Kim Cullen began working for New York Live Arts in 2014 as the Producer of the 2015 Live Ideas festival curated by Laurie Anderson and is happy to continue her relationship with Bill T. Jones and New York Live Arts as the Executive Director.
In 1995, Ms. Cullen opened a movement education facility Art In Motion in North Carolina and began her exploration of the idea of a movement-based community facility. In 2001, Cullen moved home to New York City and became the Education Director for the Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, now Rioult. Concurrently, Cullen founded Young Dance Collective, now in its second generation, its mission to foster an intellectual, creative process driven by discussion and critical thinking among young people where they create work while developing relationship.
In 2002, Cullen went into the Williamsburg community developing a collaborative plan for the educational arm of the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics. In 2003, Cullen opened the Streb school as Director of Education. Under Kim’s leadership, the school grew into a vibrant community setting for adults, children, circus artists and the local community generating a substantial stream of earned and contributed revenue for the organization.
In 2004, Cullen became Streb’s General Manager and in 2006 Producing Director of the company. While there, Ms. Cullen produced the company’s touring shows, negotiated major commissions for Lincoln Center Festival, the River to River Festival, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Park Avenue Armory. Cullen also negotiated and produced Surprises Streb: One Extraordinary Day, a co-commission by the Mayor of London and the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad,as well as secured a major contract with the Barclays Center for the fall of 2015. During her tenure, the company secured financing from the City of New York to purchase its Williamsburg Brooklyn building, the annual budget nearly quadrupled, individual giving and the earned income revenue stream increased exponentially, the company obtained lead corporate sponsorship for artistic development and was the subject of the feature film Born to Fly.