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Carla Blank (director, dramaturge)

Carla Blank (director, dramaturge) has served as artistic director of The Domestic Crusaders Project since 2003, mounting staged readings and performances of Wajahat Ali's The Domestic Crusaders, including 2005 showcase productions at the Thrust Theatre of Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the San Jose State University Theatre, a 2008 New York City reading at the festival, Performing the World, the 2009 New York City premiere production Off-Broadway at The Nuyorican Poets Café, and its first international appearance at Canada's 2010 MuslimFest in Mississauga, Ontario.

Recently she collaborated with director and designer Robert Wilson to create KOOL, Dancing in my Mind, a performance portrait inspired by legendary Japanese dancer and choreographer Suzushi Hanayagi, a long time collaborator and dear friend of both artists. KOOL premiered at NYC's Guggenheim Museum April 17, 2009, was furthered developed at East Hampton's Guild Hall August 8 and 9, and Berlin's Akademie der Künste hosted the international premiere in September, 2010. A half hour film related to this production, by Richard Rutkowski, aired on French television in May, 2010 and a one hour film is presently in process.

Ever since making her professional debut as a choreographer/dancer in 1963 as a participant in a Judson Dance Theater Workshop performance in New York City, she has devoted much attention to helping create youth and community arts collaborative performance projects, partially funded with grants from state and local governments and private foundations. These projects provided experiences with performers from pre-school through aged adults, and were the basis for her 2 volume anthology of performing arts techniques and styles, Live OnStage! (Dale Seymour, a Pearson Education imprint, 1997, 2000). Co-authored with Jody Roberts, and still in print, it is widely referenced in school districts throughout the U.S. and Canada.

With Ishmael Reed, she edited the anthology, Powwow: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience, Short Fiction From Then to Now (Da Capo Press, 2009), and is author and editor of the historical reference Rediscovering America, the Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000 (Three Rivers Press, 2003). Current writing projects include a study of North American women who became architects in the 19th century and a U.S. timeline, 1776-1899.