We asked, and We Received. Meet this Year’s PreXFenway Finalists!

BU Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company’s main stage
We asked Boston’s AGITATORS and INNOVATORS to share their insights and work toward reimagining the status quo, and have selected 10 finalists to audition at the 2nd annual PreXFenway. The event, taking place on Monday, May 4, 6:30PM-8:30PM at the historic Boston University Theatre at the Huntington Theatre Company, will feature short talks presented by the finalists on a variety of topics ranging from gentrification, the changing definition of philanthropy,  reenvisioning the relationship between art and the “public,”  to the use of improvisational comedy to cultivate more spontaneous, intuitive practices.

Two finalists will be selected to move on to the 3rd annual TEDxFenway event on May 19 by a panel of judges made up of Founder and Executive Director of Revolution of Hope David France, Executive Director of the Boston Arts Academy Foundation Rick Tagliaferri, President of The Boston Conservatory Richard Ortner, Edgar B. Herwick III, Host, Reporter, & Producer of The Curiosity Desk, Boston Public Radio – 89.6 WGBH, and TEDxFenway Committee Member Elena Marsland. In addition, for the first time, PreXFenway attendees will vote for their Audience Favorite, who will also proceed to TEDxFenway.

Make sure to RSVP to PreXFenway to vote for your favorite! This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00PM.

Now, on to the finalists who will be speaking at PreXFenway!

Gayle Hilgendorff  Executive Health and Leadership Coach

Kelly Hines  Teacher and Theatre Director at Thayer Academy

Julie Judson  Manager of Institutional Advancement at Citi Performing Arts Center

Justin Kang  Executive Director of City Awake

Bette Ann Libby  Mosaic Artist, Founder/Sculptor at Studios Without Walls and Community Mosaics.com

Ron Mallis  Founder and Director of Boston APP/Lab

Deepti Navaratna  Musician/Neuroscientist/Cultural Entrepreneur; Founder and Director of Carnatic Alchemy Project; New England Conservatory of Music

Haril Pandya  AIA, Principal at CBT Architects

Ashley Rose  Poet; Poetry Instructor and Arts Advocacy Assistant at Wang Center City Spotlights; Lead Organizer/Facilitator for Participatory Budgeting Project Boston

Matthew Rouser   Strategic Urbanist and Creative Technologist, Code for Boston

Congratulations to everyone!