2021-2022 USArtists International Panelists

Round One

John W. Ellis
Retired Managing Director of Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Asheville, NC
Lay Panelist

Armando Huipe
Arts Management Consultant and Theatre Producer
Los Angeles, CA

Katherine Meizel
Professor of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

Aparna Sindhoor
Artistic Director of Sindhoor-Natyaveda-Navara’s Dance Theater
Los Angeles, CA

Cecilia Smith
Musician, Composer and Teaching Artist
Brooklyn, NY

Round Two


Rachel Bowditch
Theatre director, author, and Full Professor at Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ 

Kwame Shaka Opare
Dancer, Founder DishiBem Traditional Contemporary Dance Group
Baltimore, MD

Ariel Osterweis
Dancer, author, and faculty at CalArts
Los Angeles, CA

Randall Rosenbaum
Retired Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Pawtucket, RI
Lay Panelist

St. Paul, MN


Juan Dies
Producer, performer, and teacher of traditional music and culture
Chicago, IL

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate
Classical composer and pianist
Oklahoma City, OK

Lolivone de la Rosa
Guitarist, composer, and producer
New York, NY

Artina McCain
Pianist, educator, and speaker
Memphis, TN

Michael Yaffe
Retired Associate Dean of the Yale School of Music
West Hartford, CT
Lay Panelist

Round Three


Michelle Manzanales
Choreographer, dance educator and co-founder of Latinx Dance Educators Alliance
New York, NY 

Achinta S. McDaniel
Faculty at USC Gloria Kaufman School of Dance and Blue 13 Dance Company Artistic Director
Los Angeles, CA

Nigel Redden
Retired General Director of the Spoleto Festival USA
Mystic, CT
Lay Panelist

DeLanna Studi
Actor, playwright, and Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry
Muldrow, OK

Helanius J. Wilkins
Professor of Dance at CU Boulder, choreographer, and performance artist
Boulder, CO


Catalina Maria Johnson, Ph.D.
Music Journalist, host of Beat Latino
Chicago, IL

Emily Koh
Composer and Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Georgia
Norcross, GA

Anthony Padilla
Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
Lawrence, WI

George Trudeau
Retired Director of the Center for Performing Arts at Penn State
State College, PA
Lay Panelist

Horace Alexander Young
Associate Professor at Washington State University, Jazz artist, and author
Pullman, WA