About Lorraine A. Padden

Lorraine Padden is a proud daughter of a Renaissance scholar and a nurse. She has had the great fortune to work professionally as a ballet dancer for many years which continues to evolve into various careers in arts scholarship, administration, activism and writing. Also, she has been a lucky recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Scholarship, and an appointment to the National Endowment for the Arts. She holds two degrees in art history and conducted post-graduate work in Rome, Italy. She is a certified teacher of American Ballet Theatre?s National Curriculum, and curates symposia and lectures in ballet history and contemporary performance for a host of organizations. Lorraine has worked with some wonderful colleagues to design audience development programming and fundraising campaigns for San Francisco Ballet, Arena Stage, The Wharton School and Brown University. She serves on national and regional grant making panels and just concluded a year long project offering mindfulness meditation training to incarcerated youth in San Diego.

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