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Madison D. Lacy has had a career that he says "feels like I've made a full circle." After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in music and film in 1967 (receiving the Edward R. Murrow Award, the university's top TV and film prize for a graduating senior), he found filmmaking opportunities limited for African Americans and decided to pursue a career in television management as a programmer. After military service, Lacy held numerous positions in television programming during the 1970s, first at PBS and then at WGBH-TV, Boston, as Executive Producer of Cultural Affairs Programming. In the 1980s, Lacy helped rebuild WNYC-TV in New York City as its VP of Programming and General Manager, creating more than 15 new television series. He also acted as the executive producer for PARIS IS BURNING, a feature-length documentary by Jenny Livingston, co-produced by WNYC-TV and the BBC.

In 1989, Henry Hampton, executive producer of Boston's Blackside Productions, asked Lacy to produce two films for the series EYES ON THE PRIZE II. The first, "The Time Has Come," won an Emmy and, Lacy says, "launched me on my second career." "Since then I've felt like a young filmmaker -- excited and in love with filmmaking and storytelling!"

After EYES ON THE PRIZE, Lacy's projects included everything from long-form public television documentaries to short films and videos for museums. In 1992, he produced "Your Loan is Denied" for PBS' FRONTLINE series and THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. During the mid-1990s, he devoted two years to developing and producing the first documentary biography of the African-American writer Richard Wright. Titled RICHARD WRIGHT -- BLACK BOY, this 90-minute film won Lacy his second Emmy in 1995. In 1996, he completed an assignment in Ghana, South Africa, and Eritrea as senior producer for Blackside on the pilot film HOPES ON THE HORIZON, a social history of contemporary Africa.

Ken Burns' film series JAZZ and "Free To Dance" have consumed his time and became the center of his universe in 1996. "Free To Dance," a three-hour GREAT PERFORMANCES series on "the African-American tradition in modern dance," has been acclaimed at several film festivals, including the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, Atlanta's Black Arts Festival, Montreal's International Festival of Film on Art, and Los Angeles' Pan African Film Festival, acquiring a reputation before its airing as an "audience favorite." Lacy's latest documentary film is a biography of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award. Titled BEYOND TARA: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF HATTIE MCDANIEL, it will be shown on American Movie Classics (AMC) at 10:00 pm on August 7, 2001. It is hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.



Emmy-award winning filmmaker.
Charles and Stephanie Reinhart have devoted decades to the preservation and propagation of dance. Producer, manager, festival director, consultant and administrator in the arts for almost six decades, Charles Reinhart has been president of the board and director of the American Dance Festival (ADF) since 1968. In 1974, he also directed Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. In 1993, Stephanie Reinhart joined him at ADF's helm as co-director, having begun her association with ADF in 1977 as director of Planning and Development. In 1996, the team became co-artistic directors for Dance at The Kennedy Center.

A major force behind the proliferation of dance in America, Mr. Reinhart produced the City Center Spring Dance Festival (1969-73); seasons at the ANTA Theater and the City Center for Music and Drama (1968-73); and the Dance Repertory Season at the Billy Rose Theatre (1969), providing many of the participating companies their first opportunity to perform on Broadway. He also created the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Touring Program (1967) and the Dance Component of the National Endowment for the Arts' Artists-in-Schools Program (1970), which he ran for a number of years. He mounted the Cultural Presentation Program of the U.S. Department of State (1966) and worked with the Asia Society Performing Arts Program, joining its Advisory Committee in the early 1970s.

Mr. Reinhart has also managed an impressive roster of internationally famous dance companies, such as the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Meredith Monk/The House, the Glen Tetley Dance Company, the Don Redlich Dance Company, the Lucas Hoving Dance Company, and the Donald McKayle Dance Company. He has served on numerous boards and dance panels, including the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he sits on the boards of directors of the Anglo-American Contemporary Dance Foundation and the Theatre Development Fund, where he chairs the Dance Committee; he serves as a member of the Astaire Awards Jury. He has also received the French Commander of Arts and Letters. In 1986, he was made an Officier dans L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government. Other awards and honors, include the Capezio Dance Award (1996) and Dance/USA's Honors for Lifetime Achievement in Dance (1994).

Ms. Reinhart began her career as an arts administrator in 1969 when she joined the staff of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She has served as program administrator for the NEA's Dance and Education programs as well as on the planning and development of the Artists-in-Schools Program. Since then, she has been a member of the Dance Notation Bureau's Professional Advisory Committee and co-chair of the World Dance Alliance's Promoting the Dance Committee.

In addition to her work as a panelist for the state arts councils in Kentucky and North Carolina, Ms. Reinhart has served on numerous selection committees at the invitation of foreign governments and traveled widely lecturing on American modern dance and arts administration. A Fulbright research grant in 1993 enabled her to devote time to the study of the history of Argentine modern dance. She has contributed to several dance books, including EAST MEETS WEST IN DANCE: VOICES IN THE CROSS-CULTURAL DIALOGUE and DANCING FEMALE: LIVES AND ISSUES OF WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY DANCE.

An honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin in cultural history, Ms. Reinhart received a fellowship for graduate studies in American literary and cultural history from George Washington University and attended the Harvard University Summer Institute in Arts Administration.


Co-directors of the American Dance Festival.
A passionate advocate for the innovative choreographers and dancers featured in "Free To Dance," Ms. Allen holds a M.A. in dance history from New York University's Performance Studies department. The first African-American dance critic for DANCE MAGAZINE, she also served as dance critic for THE VILLAGE VOICE and THE NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS, while contributing to THE NEW YORK TIMES, ESSENCE magazine, and FREEDOMWAYS. For two years, she was an on-camera dance critic for the Thirteen/WNET New York news program CITY EDITIONS.

At Alvin Ailey's request, she wrote, edited, and produced THE ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY SOUVENIR BOOKLET. Ms. Allen was also a member of the team that founded the short-lived, provocative African-American dance magazine, THE FEET. She was one of the first to receive a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in the Dance Critics Workshop at the American Dance Festival, run by Selma Jean Cohen. She has served on a panel for the New York State Council for the Arts for several years and provided technical assistance to numerous dance companies.

Ms. Allen is the author of the book BLACK WOMEN LEADERS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT published, in 1996, by Grolier. And after more than a decade as an award-winning editor for labor union publications and vice president of the International Labor Communications Association, she is currently a senior communications associate for the nonprofit national advocacy organization PolicyLink.


Dance journalist and historian.