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Accomplished, engaging, initiative-taking leader with history of designing, curating, developing, and producing multidisciplinary events which highlight organizational mission and vision. 


Multidisciplinary Arts Programming | Event Curation, Planning & Execution | Public Speaking & Presentation Delivery | Team Building & Leadership | Program & Project Management | Artist Contracting & Acquisition | Strategic Planning | Creation through Implementation | Stakeholder Relations | Marketing Leadership | Customer Relations & Engagement | Organizational Development & Branding | Community Relations & PR | Operations Management | Sales & Revenue Generation | Staff Management


Taryn Kaschock Russell

92nd Street Y, NY – New York, NY                                                                                                                                  2019 - 2023
Director of the Harkness Dance Center

Provide overarching vision, partnership, and support for educational and professional development areas of the dance center while leading curation, production, and execution of all performances, events, panels, workshops, and artist residencies.

  • Generate new programming concept areas that both align with and scale 92NY’s mission and values.

  • Facilitate relationships with artistic directors, choreographers, dancers, musicians, authors, curators, presenters, producers, lighting designers, stage managers, agents, and moderators in the arts locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Champion, support and cultivate artists, arts educators and access to arts.

  • Responsible for producing all dance performances, events, and panels from inception to execution.

  • Research and pursue opportunities for partnerships with external organizations that cultivate innovative and unique programming and opportunities.

  • Work hand in hand with the development department to seek out new funding opportunities: Foundations, Grants, Individual Donors, and Corporate Sponsorship.

  • Liaise with Marketing and PR to develop effective marketing campaigns designed to attract the largest audience possible and increase ticket sales.

  • Liaise with social media contacts, both internal and external, to leverage the content from 92NY Harkness Mainstage Events and disseminate our brand.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Successfully brought a dance series back to the historical Kaufmann Concert Hall stage after a 50-year absence and reclaimed the stage as a platform for diverse, visionary creative voices.

  • Launched an annual festival, soliciting emerging choreographers to connect them with industry leaders and artistic directors who are invested in the next generation which, within three years’ time, has led to artistic residencies, company commissions, and performance opportunities while creating a network of support for the future of dance.

The Julliard School – New York, NY                                                                                                                                   2014 - 2019

Associate Director of the Dance Division (2016 - 2017; 2018 - 2019)
Acting Artistic Director of the Dance Division (2017 - 2018)
Faculty Member (2014 - 2019)


  • Curated and directed programs for mainstage performances at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater—both new creations and historic and iconic acquisitions.

  • Hosted behind the scenes events such as invited rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and facilitated discussions between visiting artists and scholars.

  • Appeared publicly at preperformance dinners and galas for all areas of the school, acted as ambassador introducing new prospects to the work of the Juilliard Dance Division

  • Helped facilitate events organized by development in conjunction with specific donor groups, acting as spokesperson for the Juilliard Dance Division

  • Cultivated an atmosphere of acceptance, inclusion, and continuous growth while revising current curriculum to balance the history of the division alongside the ever-changing needs of our student body post-graduation.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) – Chicago, IL                                                                                                        2007 - 2013
Director of Hubbard Street 2

  • Conceived, directed, and produced program-length work Hubbard Street’s first full-length narrative, Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure, specifically for young people and families. The work received critical acclaim for its sold-out premiere at the Eisenhower Theater of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was later performed at the Detroit Opera House, the Cleveland Playhouse, and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

  • Created, directed, and produced a series cross disciplinary programs and site-specific installations in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

  • Curated and produced a series of performances and events as part of a $100,000 Arts Place Grant for HSDC to create vibrancy at a tech start-up shared workspace called 1871 via year-long partnering with corporate consultants on creative thought, investigating how dance can influence entrepreneurs.

  • Developed curriculum, contract artistic staff, schedule repertoire and teaching for the HSDC Summer Intensive programs, a nationally recognized intensive that generated $450K annually.



2010 - present



Faculty Positions

The Juilliard School, Dance Division


Faculty - fall 2014 to spring 2019


SUNY Purchase, Conservatory of Dance

Lecturer - fall 2014 to spring 2017


Companies, Schools and Organizations


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacher; Gibney Company company teacher; Límon Dance Company - company teacherKennedy Center Dance Lab (curated by Hope Boykin) - guest panelist for mock audition


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacherBallet Hispanico - company teacher; Gibney Company company teacher; Lincoln Center Activate: A Weekend with Hope Boykin & Friends - guest panelist


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacherBallet Hispanico - company teacherGibney Company company teacher


USC Kaufmann -guest teacher; 92NY Ballet Exploration - virtual class series



Abraham in Motion - guest teacher; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacherBallet BC - guest teacher; Ballet Hispanico - faculty for ChoreoLab intensive; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago - guest teacher; Kennedy Center Dance Lab (curated by Hope Boykin) - guest teacher

NYO-USA / Carnegie Hall - guest movement faculty; SongStudio / Carnegie Hall (curated by Renee Fleming) - guest movement faculty


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacher; Ballet Hispanico - company teacher; Juntos Collective - guest teacher

NYSSA  - guest teacher, ballet intensive; MOVE(NYC) - guest teacher, guest speaker 


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacher; Ballet BC - guest teacher; Ballet Hispanico - faculty for ChoreoLab intensive

New Orleans Ballet Association - guest artist


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacher; Ballet BC - guest teacher; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago - guest teacher

Jessica Lang Dance - guest teacher; New Orleans Ballet Association - guest artist; NYSSA  - summer faculty, ballet intensive



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacher; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago - guest teacher



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacher; Ballet Hispanico - company teacher and coach; Gibney Dance Center - Open Professional Ballet Class; Hubbard Street 2 - guest teacher; Regional Dance America/Northeast Festival -  faculty; The Joffrey Concert Group - guest teacher and coach; The Julliard School - staged Never Was - choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo  *for Senior Showcase; The Playground - guest teacher / April sessions



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - company teacherBallet Hispanico - company teacher; Complexions Contemporary Ballet - staged Never Was - choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo; Hubbard Street 2 - guest teacher; The Joffrey Concert Group - guest teacher; Pennsylvania Regional Ballet - summer intensive faculty; The Trey McIntyre Company - guest teacher



Misty Copeland Dance Foundation – New York, NY                                                                                                               2022 - Present
Advisory Board

Advise, support, and champion the work of the Foundation which desires to foster greater diversity in the dance world by providing access, inclusive environments and enrichment opportunities while prioritizing the mental and physical well-being of every child. Participated as part of the original think tank for the flagship BE BOLD program and continue to stay involved and engaged in its growth. Represent the organization and serve as spokesperson to the community.

Back to Healing – New York, NY                                                                                                                                             2019 - Present

Advisory Board Member    


Meet monthly to advise, plan, and assist in implantation of community service and fundraising events. Work as a team member to identify areas of growth and strategy towards furthering the mission and vision of empowerment, educational and support of the mental and physical health of those living with scoliosis.

MOVE [NYC] – New York, NY                                                                                                                                                   2019 - Present
Artistic Advisory Board Member

Contribute and fundraise towards annual campaigns. Advise, support and champion the work of MOVE[NYC]. Participate in mentorship and educational activities such as masterclasses and panel discussions. Seek out opportunities to bring the students to events and act as an ambassador in cultivating connections and new partnerships.


2010 - present


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago                                                                                                                                             2002-2007

Significant repertoire:


Sechs Tanz/Jiri Kylian; No More Play/Jiri Kylian; Petite Mort/Jiri Kylian; Enemy in the Figure/William Forsythe; Tabula Rasa/Ohad Naharin; Minus 16/Ohad Naharin; Jardi Tancat/Nacho Duato; Gnawa/Nacho Duato; Love Stories/Lar Lubovitch; Cryptoglph/Lar Lubovitch; Full Grown Man/Trey McIntyre; Bardo/Toru Shimazaki; Lickety Split/Alejandro Cerrudo; Lady Lost Found/Danny Ezralow; SF/LB/Danny Ezralow; Group Therapy/Harrison McEldowney; Atelier/ Lucas Crandall; Uniformity/Jim Vincent


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre                                                                                                                                                                1997

Guest artist:


Don Quixote (the role of Cupid)/Terrence Orr; Ballet Imperial/George Balanchine; Rubies/George Balanchine


The Joffrey Ballet                                                                                                                                                                    1995 - 2002

Significant roles:

Appalachian Spring (the Bride)/Martha Graham; Rodeo (the Cowgirl)/Agnes de Mille; Taming of the Shrew (Kate)/John Cranko; Square Dance (female principal)/George Balanchine; Caught (solo)/David Parsons; Le sacre du printemps (the Chosen One)/Vaslav Nijinsky; Tensile Involvement (principal role)/ Alwin Nicholas; The Green Table/Kurt Jooss; Lilac Garden/Antony Tudor; La Vivandiere/Arthur St. Leon; Cante/Alonzo King; A Trifling/Randy Duncan; Light Rain, Suite Saint-Saens, Reflections, Viva Vivaldi, Kettentanz,Trinity/Gerald Arpino Repertoire

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