Arts Diplomacy Network is an international network of professionals dedicated to furthering programs that promote the use of visual and performing arts in building cross-cultural relationships. Our mission is to ensure sustainable innovation in arts diplomacy by providing a forum for research, discussion, and implementation of new practices designed to effect positive change in a global society.
About the Team
Stephanie N. Stallings, Ph.D., Executive Director
Stephanie Stallings is a musicologist with 13 years of experience in the arts and education sectors. She is also a classically trained musician with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Furman University.
Stephanie studies the many ways performing artists utilize traditions as meaning-laden tools for expression within their own communities and across cultural/political borders. This interest led to her dissertation, “Collective Difference: The Pan-American Association of Composers,” which examined early U.S. efforts at cultural outreach in the 1930s by a group of composers from the Americas, the intercultural music they produced, and foreign reception history. Her latest research examines alternative discourses of global citizenship and the role of collaborative creation in diplomacy.
Stephanie also currently serves as Managing Director of Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles and is an active member of Arts for LA, the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, and the Young Professionals of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Her other professional experience includes work in higher education, publishing and editing, fundraising, direct response marketing, and work with the Cultural Data Project, which gathers longitudinal data on the arts and culture sector.
Kathryn Moreadith, Managing Director
Kathryn is a classically trained pianist and composer. Also fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Kathryn has degrees in International Relations, Music Composition/Theory, East Asian Studies, Piano Performance, and Chinese from Vanderbilt University, TN and the University of Cambridge, England.
Kathryn has presented lectures and master classes at universities and schools in the US, China, India, and England, on topics ranging from advanced music theory to international policy and cultural diplomacy. During the past decade, Kathryn has collaborated with artists and innovators around the globe in the founding of international cultural and musical exchange programs.
In 2009, Kathryn was the recipient of Vanderbilt University’s Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship. With this grant, she traveled across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia to work with musicians and institutions to study the impact of musical diplomacy and cross-cultural exchange. (See her fellowship blog for more.)
Prior to joining Arts Diplomacy Network, Kathryn worked for UJAM, Inc., a cloud-based music technology platform, where she directed UJAM’s US operations from their first US office in San Francisco.