Dianne Vapnek, DANCEworks Artistic Director
Dianne Vapnek, Executive Director and Founder of SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara (1997-2006), is currently the Artistic Director of DANCEWORKS. Her artistic decisions are based on the myriad of relationships with choreographers she developed over the decade-long festival.
She has avidly followed the careers of the artists who participated in SUMMERDANCE, and understands deeply the critical need dancers have to be in a supportive environment, with few distractions, in order to create new work. Frequent visits to New York City enable her to stay current as well with emerging choreographers.
Ms. Vapnek works closely with the Executive Director of the Lobero Theatre, David Asbell, in order coordinate the needs of the dancers with the day to day running of an active and historic community theatre.
- Dianne Vapnek’s DANCEworks, from the Santa Barbara Independent, Mar. 22, 2012
- Dance Begins Here: How DANCEworks Earned a Place on the National Stage, Santa Barbara Independent.
- Dianne tackles the tough questions in the S.B. Questionnaire
- Dianne Vapnek Receives the Santa Barbara Independent’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Dance