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Friday, October 7, 2011

Meet Julie Ellen Prusinowski: Interim Executive Director, New Jersey State Council on the Arts


Julie Ellen Prusinowski (Photo), currently the Interim Executive Director for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has served as the Director of Programs and Services at the Council since 2008. In that role, Ms Prusinowski works with staff to administer the Council’s diverse and extensive grant programs, as well as provide the field with technical assistance through a variety of workshops and initiatives.

As a Council staff member since 1999, she has developed a deep knowledge of the many artists and arts organizations across New Jersey and has worked directly with them as a Program Associate, then Program Officer. For a brief time, Ms. Prusinowski served as the Council’s Director of Communications, facilitating and overseeing the celebrity media campaign featuring Bebe Neuwirth and Meryl Streep.

Prior to joining the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Ms. Prusinowski was the Executive Director of the Count Basie Theatre/Monmouth County Arts Council in Red Bank, New Jersey where she partnered with the board and community to advance the development of the arts in Monmouth County. She has also held previous positions as Producing Artistic Director of Foundation Theatre, Producer of the Informal Series for Equity Library Theatre, and Training Facility Coordinator for the American Dance Machine in New York City.

Ms. Prusinowski was recognized as “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by the Burlington County Board of Freeholders, and has served as an on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, as a peer review panelist for the Pew Foundation Theatre Initiative, and as a selection committee member and director for the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival.

An adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities, Ms. Prusinowski holds a B.S. in Educational Theatre and Speech from West Chester University, an M.A. in Acting and Directing from West Virginia University and has completed course work toward a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Literature and Criticism from the University of Pittsburgh where she was a Teaching Fellow in Musical Theatre.

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