Judy Mitoma, is founder and Director of the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance and Professor of Dance in the Department of World Arts & Cultures. As the founding chair of the Department of World Arts and Cultures, in 1995 she established the only arts department in the United States based on interdisciplinary, international and intercultural research with a performance agenda.
Judy Mitoma first stepped foot on the UCLA campus in 1962 as a high school student-studying dance in UC Extension. Her academic career began in 1975 as an Assistant Professor in the UCLA Department of Dance and in 1981 she was asked to chair the interdepartmental program World Arts and Cultures. Her vision of undergraduate and graduate arts education included interdisciplinary, international and intercultural research, practice, and activism. Her success in tripling student enrollment and building faculty and administrative support lead to the 1995 merger of Dance and WAC. This progressive model for graduate and undergraduate education continues to evolve and respond to the needs of our times. Mitoma has engaged hundreds of students as artists, interns/ work-study and volunteers from various UCLA departments. Professor Mitoma served as chair of WAC for 15 years.
Professor Mitoma has launched on campus, citywide, national and international projects. Artist collaboration, inter institutional partnerships, international exchange and work in developing countries are common themes in her projects. Her innovative projects has received major funding from the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Irvine Foundation, the United States Department of State, National Endowment for the Arts, Asian Cultural Council, Soros Foundation as well as local funders.
International work began with the 1977 Asian Performing Arts Summer Institutes in which outstanding artists from the United States and Asia participated in teaching and performing on the UCLA Campus. Conceived as a compliment to regular instruction, the program drew students from across the US. By 1995 she shifted her focus to the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Exchange (APPEX) Fellowship residency program. With initial support from the Ford Foundation, APPEX programs have hosted more than 300 artists in residential retreats, performance projects, and creative collaboration. Artists have come from Bangladesh, Burma, China, Cambodia, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Philippines, and Vietnam. In 2003 and 2004, she produced the Art of Rice Traveling Theater- an original full-length concert work, created by 11 international APPEX artists. The production toured Hawaii and California. Mitoma also directed the UCLA/Choreographers Arts Management Exchange (Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, USA) 2006-2007; Bridge Choreographic Dialogues in 2008, an international performing arts exchange program between LA and Tel Aviv; and the Indonesian Arts Education Exchange Program (Indonesia & UCLA) 2008, 2009.
Her accomplishments span a variety of areas. Mitoma has taken undergraduate students to document the activities of the Pacific Island Festival of the Arts in Austrailia, Cook Islands and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC. She directed the UCLA Classical Performing Arts Friendship Mission of Japan, curated the Asian Pacific Dance Festival for the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival and produced An Evening of Courtly Arts. She co-curated the 1990 Los Angeles Festival with Peter Sellars and conceived, developed and served as the director of the World Festival of Sacred Music- Los Angeles in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2008. Over the course of 5 Festivals, she has presented the work of over 5,000 local and international artists. As a result of her 35 years of work with students, artist and her own research, she has a unique perspective of Los Angeles.
In the area of media and publication, Mitoma directed the UCLA National Dance/Media Project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts 1998-2000. The program supported three ten week professional fellowhips for filmmakers working in the field of dance. She has produced the feature length documentary “Songs for the City of Angels,” the “LA Lens on Sacred Music”, and a documentary film and CD compilation on the 1999 World Festival of Sacred Music. She is Editor-in-Chief of the publications “Envisioning Dance on Film and Video,” and “Narrative/Performance: Cross-Cultural Encounters at APPEX.”
In 1991, her work focused on Africa, while she was a Warren Weaver Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. For her service in support of cultural exchange between the United States and Asia, the Asian Cultural Council honored Mitoma with the distinguished 2003 John D. Rockefeller Foundation award.
In the Fall of 2011 Mitoma will curate, produce and take on national tour – THE WATER IS RISING, featuring 45 performers from the Pacific Island Atolls of Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tokelau (areas that are under threat of being submerged due to global warming). She will also produce the fifth World Festival of Sacred Music – Los Angeles in Fall 2011; and take the 24-member Bali based Gamelan Cudamani music and dance ensemble on a nine-city USA tour in the of Fall 2010.
Marcia Argolo, Associate Director of CIP, is a versatile professional born in Brazil with more than 20 years of experience in administration, including human resources and financial management. Her expertise in accounting and finance includes the preparation of budget proposals, balance sheets, income statements,cash flow projections, and bank reconciliation. She began her formal career through a combination of on-the-job learning and university extension programs at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,where she received her bachelor's degree in business administration in1989. Prior to joining CIP, she served as a manager of one of the world's largest construction companies, Odebrecht, S.A of Brazil. She has always supported dance, music, theater, and the arts in general.She is proud of her key role in the group that brought Grammy award winning Brazilian singer/songwriter, Caetano Veloso, to the John Anson Ford Theater in Los Angeles in 1999. Her deep concern for the Los Angeles Brazilian community and for the disadvantaged in her native Brazil has motivated her in other activities. As founding member and current president of the Brazilian Women's Group, she has organized events and programs to benefit many non-profit organizations, including the City of Hope, Hillsides Children's Services, and several orphanages n Brazil.
Anuradha Kishore Ganpati (Anu), Director of Development & Communications received a Masters Degree in Dance Ethnology from the UCLA World Arts & Cultures Department and a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Stella Maris College, India. Anu has provided programing, fund raising and marketing support to performing arts events, residencies, artist collaboration, festivals, touring projects, publications and film media projects on local, national and international levels. Prior to joining CIP, she worked for the Asia Society Southern California Center. She has worked as T.V anchor and segment producer for India Post Television. Anu is also a free lance journalist and radio host in Los Angeles. She is co author of the book: "India: An Illustrated History", Published by Hippocrene Inc, 2003. She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer (south Indian classical dance) and teaches in the Shakti School of Bharatanatyam, Los Angeles.
Philip Graulty, Program Coordinator, was a public information officer and graphic designer for the American Red Cross before joining CIP. During graduate school, he interned with CIP during the 2005 World Festival of Sacred Music and worked as a production assistant for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Philip is also a classical guitarist and founding member of the chamber group Los Angeles Electric 8. He has performed in numerous festivals and guest lectured at UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, and the California Men’s Colony State Prison. Philip has taught privately for over 10 years and was guitar instructor for UCLA Department of Cultural Affairs for 2 years. He received a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from California Polytechnic State University Pomona