Kristy Edmunds is the Executive and Artistic Director of Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), UCLA’s venerated performing arts program (formerly known as UCLA Live). Shepherding in an exciting new era, under Edmunds’ leadership the organization has evolved to become Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), a creative habitat for supporting artists and presenting their work.
As an artist, curator, artistic director and frequent international consultant, Kristy Edmunds holds a reputation for innovation and depth in the presentation of contemporary art in all disciplines, with a particular emphasis on contemporary performing arts. Her expertise and professional relationships with some of the masters of the 20th and 21st Century performing artists, in addition to critical innovators in all disciplines of artistic practice, has given her the reputation of possessing an incredible depth of knowledge across a variety of art forms and projects.
Edmunds was the Founding Executive & Artistic Director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and the TBA Festival (Time Based Art) in Portland, Oregon. She was the Artistic Director for the Melbourne International Arts Festival from 2005 – 2008, and was the first to serve an unprecedented four year term. Upon completion she was appointed to the Victorian College of the Arts as the Head of the new School of Performing Arts at the University of Melbourne, and after one year became the Deputy Dean for the College. Upon her resignation in 2010, Edmunds was awarded as an Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University.
From 2009 to 2012, Edmunds also served as the Consulting Artistic Director for the newly formed and critically heralded Park Avenue Armory in New York. The Park Avenue Armory is a not for profit institution whose mission is to revitalize one of America’s historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space unlike any other in the city.