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Regina Miranda

Regina Miranda is an award-winning Brazilian artist, socio-choreologist and cultural administrator, dedicated to creating innovative artistic projects and to advising elected officials and urban planners on the relevant role of arts and culture in the revitalization of creative cities.

An international cultural leader and consultant for leadership development, she has more than 20 years of experience as the CEO and Artistic Director of numerous private and public cultural institutions. In Rio de Janeiro, she directed the Laura Alvim House of Culture, was the founding director of the Choreographic Center (2004-2008), and directs the Laban Center – Rio. In New York City, she was the CEO (2001-2008) of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, where she currently serves as Chair of the Board and Director of Arts & Culture.

A prolific writer, she is the author of three academic books - Laban Lead: Leadership as Art; Body-Space: Aspects of a Geo-philosophy of the Body in Movement; and Expressive Movement; of two theater plays - The Intimacy of Angels and Empty Legs; and of numerous essays, published in specialized magazines. Regina is often invited to present at international conferences: such as the Aspen Institute International Cultural Diplomacy Forum (Avilez, Spain) and the International Leadership Association - ILA Conference (Prague, Tcheck Republic), both in 2009. In 2010, she was selected again to present the interactive lecture - Embodied Leadership: Choreographies of Change at the ILA Conference, in Boston.

As a performing arts curator, and member of international cultural public and private councils, such as the International Women's Forum e o World Arts West (2010), and the Federal Cultural Council of Brazil (1995 – 2002) she has been active in leveraging diversity, and in promoting international cultural exchanges. She has also been employing her integrated knowledge of business and arts to transform the lives of individuals and social groups. This work includes the creation of violence prevention programs and performances, leadership development programs for women, and her signature annual arts & leadership professional development program that engages selected talented artists from economically and/or socially challenged environments.

These activities led her to found the interdisciplinary professional team - Cidade Criativa: Transformações Urbanas, CCTU (Creative City: Urban Transformations), for the development of vibrant, creative, and sustainable cities. CCTU is currently working in a city wide cultural project related to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Regina lives between San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro, and works internationally.

Regina holds a BA from the State University of New York, a specialization in Laban Analysis, and is completing a Máster Degree in Leadership Sciences at the Ken Blanchard School of Business/Grand Canyon University. She lives between San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro, and works internationally.

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