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Grants and Research Manager
Before moving to Cold Spring, Mona Z. Smith worked for 18 years as a nonprofit arts administrator in New York City. She served as executive director of ETHEL's Foundation for the Arts, supporting the creation and performance of contemporary concert music.
Prior to that, she programmed free and affordable theatre, music, dance and spoken word events in three venues as the executive director of performing arts at Kingsborough/CUNY. From 2000-2006, she was manager of adult programs at the Brooklyn Museum, where she curated First Saturdays, tripling and diversifying audiences at this groundbreaking monthly outreach series that now serves a model for arts institutions across the country.
Smith is also a writer and a former reporter for The Miami Herald. Her book Becoming Something (Faber & Faber) is a biography of Canada Lee, the gifted black athlete, actor and activist who was a tragic victim of the McCarthy-era blacklist. The book and Smith's play about Mr. Lee, also titled Becoming Something, are now in development for film. Smith has written five other plays that have been produced in New York, California, Virginia and Hawaii. Her newest work is All That Remains, about a segregated unit of Japanese-American soldiers in World War II; the play premiered in Honolulu in 2013 and won six Po'okela Awards (Hawai'ian Obies). Smith has a BA in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and an MFA in theatre from Columbia University.
You may contact her via email, or by phone at 845-809-5750 ext. 15.